Silk Road 2011


In November & December 2011 I headed to China to tour the historic Silk Road that Marco Polo made famous centuries ago; the major trade route of the ancient world. Accompanied by the finest US musicians and humans you could meet, “The Village” toured from Hohhot to Urumqi, stopping to perform and collaborate all along the way with only the goal of building bridges and dissolving difference by communing in good music. Supported by the US Embassy and the Chinese International Center for Exchange, we performed extensively at schools, universities & theaters, and spontaneously on city walls and in town squares all across China’s “Wild West”. We also collaborated with amazing local musicians all along the route including Han Chinese, Mongolian, Tibetan, Hui and Uyghur musicians. With 12 videos (2 on National Geographic World Music), photo albums for every stop, and a map of our route along the Silk Road, we invite you to join us on the journey right here!

The Village is Abigail Washburn (banjos & vocal), Kai Welch (keys, trumpet, guitar & vocal), Jamie Dick (drums), Jared Engel (bass), Ross Holmes (fiddle), Brittany Haas (fiddle), Cain Hogsed (sound man), Luke Mines (videographer and editor).

Videos

Click below to start the video playlist. To skip ahead to the next video, select the “next” arrow at the bottom of the video. There are 12 recap videos total.

The Journey


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Photos

Click below to view a photo slideshow from each day. View all Abigail’s photos on Flickr here.



November 15 - Hohhot Day Off: Inner Mongolia Museum & The Most Beautiful Women in Chinese History's Tomb


NOV 16 & 17 Yinchuan Muslim Culture Park to Lanzhou Shadow Puppets


NOV 18 Xi'an Day One Xi'an Conservatory Show


NOV 19 Xi'an Terracotta Warriors to the City Wall


NOV 20 Goodmorning Xi'an & Shadow Puppet Collaboration!


NOV 21 & 22 Lanzhou Pulled Noodles Delight, ETC


NOV 23 & 24 Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Hang


NOV 25-28 Xinjiang, Uighur Hangs & Happy Thanksgiving!


Deepest gratitude for making this journey possible: US Embassy Beijing, Chinese International Center for Exchange, AC Entertainment, O’Neil Hagaman, Patagonia, Kid Logic Media, China’s Ministry of Culture and all of the local Cultural Bureaus along the Silk Road, friends & family

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