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The Silk Road Ensemble: Ascending Bird

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Uploaded on Aug 31, 2009

For more on the Silk Road Ensemble and Silkroad, visit http://www.silkroadproject.org

"Ascending Bird" is an arrangement of a traditional Persian folk melody by Silk Road Ensemble members Colin Jacobsen and Siamak Aghaei. As described on "Silent City," a CD from Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, "Ascending Bird" recounts the mythical tale of a bird's attempt to fly to the sun. After failing twice, on the third attempt the bird loses its physical body in the radiant embrace of the sun, a metaphor for spiritual transcendence.

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