Marco Polo's Travel to China
En Chordais Ensemble (Greece) & Guest Artists
Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
$360 / $280 / $200 / $120
Some $120 seats may have restricted view
. Approx 1 hour 45 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes
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New works commissioned by the Silk Road Arts Festival
Composed by Kyriakos Kalaitzidis
World première of imaginative epic

A colourful concert blending diverse musical traditions
into a multicultural panorama of sound

Immerse yourself in the resonant charms of the Silk Road

Winner of the 2008 Prix France Musique des Musiques du Monde

A fascinating voyage of discovery

Greek ensemble En Chordais is back by popular demand after its triumphant performance at the Mediterranean Arts Festival in Hong Kong in 2007. In an array of works commissioned by the Silk Road Arts Festival, the group retraces Marco Polo's journey to the East, departing from Venice via Jerusalem to Beijing. Collaborating with virtuosi from Silk Road regions ranging from Iran to Tajikistan, the ensemble presents a multimedia mosaic dating from the 13th century to today. The result is a timeless dialogue between different cultures and eras.

In this pioneering programme, gravures, images of landscapes, and historical manuscripts in a variety of languages are combined with original compositions by artistic director and oud player Kyriakos Kalaitzidis to explore the fascinating journey of the legendary traveller. The production unveils the cultural treasures that Marco Polo discovered and his inner hopes and fears.

En Chordais, renowned for extensive research on the musical legacy of the East Mediterranean, has entranced audiences in Greece, the Balkans, Europe, and the Middle East. The group was honoured by becoming the official nomination of the Greek department of UNESCO for the Sharjah 2007 award for the promotion of Arabic culture. In 2008, the group received the Prix France Musique des Musiques du Monde. In this performance, all En Chordais' many talents will be on display as the group presents its remarkable view of Marco Polo and his adventures. Definitely a special treat for Hong Kong.

En Chordais Ensemble
Kyriakos Petras¡EViolin
Kyriakos Kalaitzidis¡EArtistic Director / Oud
Alkis Zopoglou¡EQanun
Vasileios Tzortzinis¡EContrabass
Petros Papageorgiou¡EHand Percussion

Guest Artists
Marco Rosa Salva (Italy)¡EFlûte à bec
Kiya Tabassian (Iran)¡ESetar & Singing
Zohar Fresco (Israel)¡EHand Percussion & Singing
Özlem Özdil (Turkey)¡ESaz & Singing
Nâdira Pirmatova (Tajikistan / Uzbekistan)¡ESinging & Dutôr

Projection Director: Nikos Terpsiadis
Author of Text: Vassiliki Nevrokopli