The Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is Silkroad’s flagship musician training program. Created by Silkroad Ensemble cellist Mike Block, it is designed to foster a community of globally minded musicians, helping artists to learn from one another’s traditions and incorporate them into their own voices. An all-star artist-faculty, including artists from the Grammy award-winning Silkroad Ensemble and their colleagues, teaches styles of music from across the world, representing a wide range of backgrounds and musical traditions from Afro-Latin to Arabic, Celtic, Malian, and more.
The week-long session includes daily small band rehearsals in preparation for public performances, as well as workshops, nightly jams, community building activities, and conversations about what it means to be a musician in the 21st-century. Participants can also apply for an intensive performance experience, which offers deep-dives into select musical cultures and styles. GMW is open to participants over 18 years of age, from any musical background. University and conservatory students, as well as professional performers and teachers with backgrounds in Western classical, jazz, world, or folk styles.