Science on Screen
The Music of Strangers:
Yo-Yo Ma and the
Silk Road Ensemble
Dr. Twaite will discuss the interplay between music and the brain, focusing on how music benefits brain and psychological health and overall well-being.
Dr. Twaite is a graduate of the CUNY Graduate Center. Her doctoral research focused on emotional functioning in both clinical and healthy populations, culminating in dissertation work evaluating emotion perception in musicians. She completed her predoctoral neuropsychology internship in at Henry Ford Hospital and then her clinical neuropsychology fellowship at The Institute of Living & Hartford Hospital. She recently joined the Montefiore Medical System as a rehabilitation-based neuropsychologist. Her research interests continue to center on the intersection of music, emotion, and cognitive rehabilitation in the setting of stroke, brain injury, and dementia. Outside of work, she can be found immersed in live music of all genres across NYC.
From the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically-hailed Best of Enemies, the documentary follows members of the Silk Road Ensemble as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.
Blending performance footage, personal interviews, and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the personal journeys of five Silk Road Ensemble mainstays – Kinan Azmeh (Syria), Kayhan Kalhor (Iran), Yo-Yo Ma (France/United States), Wu Man (China), and Cristina Pato (Spain) – to chronicle passion, talent, and sacrifice.
Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.
"What drives the narrative is the musicians' mutual desire to forge meaningful connections across cultures, an affirmative answer to Leonard Bernstein's question of whether music can truly serve as a "universal language.""
"offers an inspiring look at creative people from very different walks of life who nonetheless communicate beautifully with one another. They don't need to speak a common language: Their dazzling music says it all."
Directed by Morgan Neville
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