Home Within by Silkroad melds clarinet, cello, voice, and oud with real-time imagery into an audiovisual meditation on loss, longing and the tragedy of the Syrian conflict—haunted, yet hopeful that those who still seek home will soon discover it.
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What is home? Is it where you grew up? The place that contributed most to who you’ve become? Perhaps it’s a dynamic concept most strongly defined by deep emotions. The latest production from Silkroad captures this impressionistic reflection in Home Within. Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad created this audiovisual meditation on loss, longing and the tragedy of Syrian conflict that has claimed over a half-million lives. With the Silkroad Ensemble (founded by Yo-Yo Ma to foster cross-cultural exchanges), Azmeh and Mourad expanded Home Within to include cello, percussion, voice and oud—their music melding together as animation augments Mourad’s real-time image-making. The result is a work both haunted by history and buoyed by the hope that those who still seek their home will soon discover it.