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eurasia consortSogdians Journey along the Silk Road.

Among the Asians who traveled to China in early medieval times were the Sogdians. They were attracted by China's wealth and the opportunity to trade and make glorious profit along the Silk Road. Their music and vigorous dances appealed to the Chinese, who eagerly welcomed them. 

Founded and co-directed by Tomoko Sugawara and August Denhard, the Eurasia Consort brings together five artists recognized as specialists in the ancient traditions of East Asia and the Middle East. Through their research, teaching and performances, they seek a common understanding of the world's great music traditions along the ancient Silk Road.

Tomoko Sugawara, kugoharp
August Denhard, lute
Yimin Miao, bamboo flute
Adem Berson, oud
Rex Benincasa, percussions

1:15 - 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue


GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music— the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.