The 59th Annual Grammy Awards were held Sunday 12 February 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angele during which top musical works in the past year were praised and awarded.
Yo-Yo ma, an American-Chinese musician known by many as the most prominent cello virtuoso of the century, won a Grammy with his Silk Road Ensemble for ‘Sing Me Home’.
The website of Silk Road Ensemble, while announcing the news, has defined the album as a “tribute to the ways culture can help us encounter, connect, and build something new.”
Kayhan Kalhor, Iranian Kamancheh player, composer and master of classical Kurdish and Iranian traditional music, plays Kamancheh, an Iranian bowed string instrument, in the ensemble.
International collective ensemble Silk Road was established in 2000 by Yo-Yo ma and is composed of musicians from various nationalities and masters of various musical instruments. Last year, acclaimed director Morgan Neville made a documentary about the ensemble called ‘The Music of Strangers’.