Silk Road Connect: Night at the Caravanserai | SILKROAD

Silk Road Connect: Night at the Caravanserai | SILKROAD


[music playing] VOICE OVER, IRWIN: “The Night at the Caravanserai: Tales of Wonder” was a performance we all did celebrating Silk Road Connect, which is an arts integration program of the Silk Road Project that has now begun in New York City middle schools. On stage that night, in Central Park, were the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, The Knights, me (Bill Irwin), Bobby McFerrin, Charles Lil Buck Riley, Jhumpa Lahiri, Marcus Printup, Emalie Savoy, and – whoa! – 250 6th graders from the New York City public schools. ANNOUNCER: Are you ready to come up and tell your stories? Come on up. IRWIN: “Night at the Caravanserai” was wild. It told the story of travelers along the ancient Silk Road who were gathering together for a festival of the stars. [music playing] ANNOUNCER: A god and a goddess got married and they fell to Earth and that’s how we have indigo? BOY: Yes, indigo was born. IRWIN: Silk Road Connect was launched in 2009 as a pilot program in the New York City Schools in Brooklyn, in the Bronx, in Queens, and in Harlem. Within the program, teaching artists from different countries and disciplines visit schools to help students explore traditions, journeys, communities, and story telling. GIRL: Some students, they get bored of just staying in a classroom, writing. But I learned quicker by watching and then practicing. [music playing] GIRL: He’s like, really, really, really fast. And then he had his fingers and he was like… GIRL: I was like, ‘Wow! How does he play it so fast?’ And how much practice he needs to move his hands so quickly. BOY: We learned that if you practice really hard, you can complete whatever you want. BOY: Everyone has a talent. His talent was playing music and, like me – I like math. IRWIN: This is arts-integrated teaching. And it can make lessons memorable so students connect them to future experiences both in and out of school. DAS: Ok, question. Yes? BOY: As you play music, do you feel the rhythm in there? DAS: Absolutely. If you don’t feel it, you can’t play it and enjoy it. And if I don’t enjoy it, you won’t enjoy it. So it is very important for you to feel the music inside first, enjoy it yourself first. Then it transfers to the other person. GIRL: I think this is important because you can learn about the world. And learn music that comes along the Silk Road. [music playing] ANNOUNCER: What is your story about? BOY: It’s about rhythm. ANNOUNCER: Rhythm? BOY: Yeah, rhythm! [stomps his feet] [rhythm song] [crowd cheers] BOY: From the Silk Road Ensemble, I learned that different countries have different cultures, religions, and and it’s good to learn that way because not everyone can learn from reading a book. GIRL: Even though different people talk different languages and are from different cultures, you can still communicate with music. GIRL: Yo-Yo Ma – he looked so happy about it. He looked excited. And that just got me so excited. I was like, ‘Oh my god! Look at him! Why shouldn’t I be like that?’ So I was like, ‘You know what? This is fun.’ GIRL: Keep on following my dream no matter what people say, because you do what you want to do. IRWIN: Silk Road Connect’s approach to teaching encourages students to become passionate learners and engaged global citizens. BOY: I really want to have this again! [music and cheering] [music]

2 Comments

  • brandonlin624

    March 16, 2012

    im in it yellow

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  • Emily Tychkowski

    July 5, 2012

    im in it blue

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