One evening in 2008, I was in Chicago to attend a performance of Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.
After the concert, I was introduced to Yang Wei, who was performing with the Ensemble. The introduction went like this: “Ed this is Yang Wei. He plays pipa. Yang Wei, this is Ed. He plays banjo. You two should talk!” And we did – over a dinner that launched a friendship and musical collaboration.
We have been fortunate to give concerts together in Rhode Island and Chicago over the years. Recently we performed in Taiwan. I’m excited to say that now we are collaborating on a new CD. Joining us are our musical friends from the Silk Road Ensemble – Sandeep Das and Mike Block – and other guest artists such as Lorraine Lee Hammond.