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Friday, April 7, 2017

Closing Plenary

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Session Description

After a week of conversations and provocations around the theme of how we create common ground in a landscape of rifts and divisions, we conclude the 2017 Skoll World Forum with a performance that embodies the enduring project of partnerships that reach across great divides. The Silk Road Ensemble is an inspiring model of multicultural artistic exchange, a collective of musicians and composers from around the world creating work informed by the historical connections forged between East and West along the ancient trade route.

Silk Road Ensemble members Christina Pato and Kinan Azmeh will perform a selection and join us in conversation.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Stephan Chambers, Director, Marshall Institute, London School of Economics

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Silk Road Ensemble

FEATURING
Kinan Azmeh, Clarinet, Silk Road Ensemble
Cristina Pato, Galician Bagpipes and Piano, Silk Road Ensemble
Q&A with Anya Grundmann, Vice President, Programming & Audience Development, National Public Radio

Doors open at 11:15pm and seating is general admission.

When | Where

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Friday, April 7 New Theatre

Format

Plenary

Session leaders

  • Anya Grundmann Speaker
    Vice President, Programming & Audience Development, National Public Radio
    An award-winning and innovative content leader at one of America's most trusted and beloved media organizations, Anya Grundmann is NPR's Vice President for Programming and Audience Development. Her portfolio extends NPR's journalism and storytelling to more than 30 million people a month across the radio, podcasting, and the web. She oversees national culture, comedy, news talk and music radio programs, NPR's industry-leading podcast portfolio, NPR Music (home of the Tiny Desk Concerts), NPR video and events. Previously, Anya Grundmann served as Executive Director of NPR Music, a premiere award-winning source for music discovery and innovative multiplatform journalism, in close partnership with 13 public radio stations and major NPR news programs. In 2013, Billboard Magazine named her as one of the "Power 100" in the music industry, and Fast Company noted that Anya and her team are "re-inventing public radio for the post-radio generation."
  • Brendan Cox Speaker
    Co-Founder, Great Get Together
    Brendan Cox is a founder of More in Common, an organisation dedicated to combating hatred and building more inclusive communities. Brendan started work in the aftermath of the civil war in the former Yugoslavia, working with children who lost their parents in the war. This formative work gave him a long-standing passion for combating ethnic and religious hatred. He went on to work on conflict and atrocity prevention around the world with Oxfam and later as Chief Executive of the international conflict and genocide prevention organisation Crisis Action. He served as Special Advisor to the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown between 2008 and 2010 where he advised on international development, conflict and foreign policy. He has worked for and advised a number of organisations including Save the Children, the UN and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Brendan is the husband of the late Jo Cox MP and lives with their two kids on a boat on the river Thames.
  • Cristina Pato Speaker
    Artist, Interdisciplinary Educator. Galician Bagpipes, Piano., Silk Road Ensemble
    Cristina Pato (Ourense, Spain 1980) Artist and Interdisciplinary Educator. Galician Bagpipes, Piano. Producer. Member and educational advisor: Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Blodgett Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University (Department of Music) Cristina Pato is a master of the Galician bagpipes (gaita), a classical pianist, and a passionate educator. Hailed as “a virtuosic burst of energy” by the New York Times, and as “one of the living masters of the gaita” by the Wall Street Journal, her professional life is devoted to cultural exchange and forging new paths for the Galician bagpipe. Cristina has performed on major stages throughout the world and has released and produced six solo gaita albums and two solo piano recordings, and collaborated on more than 40 records as a guest artist. In 1998, Cristina Pato became the first female gaita player to release a solo album, and since then she has collaborated with diverse artists including New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, Arturo O'Farril, Paquito D'Rivera and dancers Damian Woetzel and Lil’ Buck. Education is a critical part of Cristina’s personal and professional life. She serves as Silkroad’s Education Ensemble Advisor, has been an artist-in-residence at a number of universities, including Harvard, the University of California, and The College of the Holy Cross, is the founder of the multidisciplinary Galician Connection Festival, and writes a bi-monthly column for the Spanish newspaper El Correo Gallego. Cristina holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano from Rutgers University, degrees in piano, music theory, and chamber music from the Conservatorio de Musica del Liceu, and a Master of Fine Arts in Computer Music from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. In 2017 Cristina Pato was named Blodgett Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University (Department of Music). www.cristinapato.com
  • Kinan Azmeh Speaker
    Composer/Clarinet, Silk Road Ensemble
    KINAN AZMEH
 Hailed as a “Virtuoso” and "Intensely Soulful" by the New York Times and "Spellbinding" by the New Yorker, and "Incredibly Rich Sound" by the CBC. His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as clarinetist and composer. Kinan has been touring the world as soloist, composer and improviser. Notable appearances include: Opera Bastille, Paris; Tchaikovsky Grand Hall, Moscow; Carnegie Hall and the UN's general assembly, New York; the Royal Albert hall, London; der Philharmonie; Berlin; the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and the Damascus opera house for its opening concert in his native Syria. He has appeared as soloist with the Bavarian radio orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony and the Syrian Symphony Orchestra among others.; and has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Marcel Khalife, Aynur, Daniel Barenboim and Jivan Gasparian. His compositions include several works for solo, orchestra, and chamber music; film, live illustration, and electronics. His discography include three albums with his ensemble Hewar, several soundtracks for film and dance,  a duo album with pianist Dinuk Wijeratne and a recent album with his New York Arabic/Jazz quartet. He serves as artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Music Ensemble, His is a frequent guest faculty at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and is on the advisory board of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. He is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble with whom he was awarded a Grammy in 2017. Kinan is a graduate of New York's Juilliard school, and of both the Damascus High institute of Music and Damascus University’s School of Electrical Engineering in his native Syria. Kinan earned his doctorate degree in music from the City University of New York in 2013. www.kinanazmeh.com