June 19 – June 24
Home City: The World
The Music District played host to Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy winning (2017) Silk Road Ensemble — multi-style cellist Mike Block, japanese flute player Kaoru Watanabe and multi-cultural style percussionist Shane Shanahan with guest bass trombonist Steve Wilson, of the 21st Century Musician — when they came together for their first appearance in Fort Collins, to premiere composer Bruce Adolphe’s newest composition. Commissioned by the 21st Century Musician Initiative of Steve Wilson, Thuenpa Peun Zhi (Four Harmonious Friends) was written specifically for this group of musicians for this summer at Off the Hook Arts SummerFest. Additional music will be performed that blends eastern and western cultures, featuring American, Arabic, and Asian styles, as well as original compositions, and drawing heavily on improvisation and spontaneity.