08/07/16THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE: U.S. SUMMER FESTIVALS TOUR

August 7, 2016 - August 27, 2016

August 7: TANGLEWOOD in Lenox, MA

August 9: LONGWOOD GARDENS in Kennett Square, PA

August 10: THE FREEMAN STAGE AT BAYSIDE in Selbyville, DE

August 11: WOLF TRAP in Vienna, VA

August 13: BLOSSOM MUSIC FESTIVAL in Cleveland, OH

August 15: INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in Indianapolis, IN

August 16: RAVINIA FESTIVAL in Highland Park, IL

August 18: HEARST GREEK THEATRE Hearst Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA

August 19: GREEN MUSIC CENTER in Sonoma, CA

August 21: HOLLYWOOD BOWL in Los Angeles, CA

03/12/14Percussion Concerto Premiere

Composer Dan Visconti (Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, and the Berlin Philharmonic) has been commission by City Music Cleveland to write a 30 minute Percussion Concerto for Shane, to be performed March 12-16, 2014. The piece will tell the story of immigrants and refugees to the Cleveland area. It solo part utilizes Indian and Chinese flutes as well as a vast array of percussion from around the world.

03/01/14Chair of Silk Road Project's Leadership Council

Shane is now the Chair of the Leadership Council of the Silk Road Project. He will serve in this capacity until January 2015.

02/28/14Return to Taiwan

After April's highly successful performance in Taipei, Shane has been invited back to tour Taiwan, performing three of his compositions for Percussion, Mandolin, and Strings with the National Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble.

09/01/13Lead Teaching Artist for Silk Road Connect

Shane begins another year as the Lead Teaching Artist for the Silk Road Projects education initiative Silk Road Connect.

07/01/13Shane Assumes Leadership Position of Silk Road Ensemble

Shane is now a member of the Leadership Council of the Silk Road Ensemble. In this role he will be leading discussions and making decisions regarding the current and future direction of this award winning ensemble.

04/19/13Works for National String Orchestra of Taiwan

Shane is working on composing/arranging two of his pieces for String Orchestra, Mandolin, and Percussion Soloist. They will be premiered in Taipei in April, 2013.

03/09/13Saidi Swing to be Featured on new Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma Album

Shane's composition "Saidi Swing," for Middle Eastern Percussion Quartet will be featured on the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma's latest album, to be released in September.

01/28/13Publication of Percussion Ensemble pieces

Sheet music for three of Shane's compositions for Percussion Ensemble are now available.
"Say Ahh..." for Frame Drum Duo
"Saidi Swing" for Hand Drum Quartet (Frame Drum, Darbuka, Riq, and Tabla)
"Laz" for Three Marimbas, Vibraphone, and Middle Eastern Percussion

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01/26/13Freedom. Safety. NOW. Creative Action Against Gender-Based Violence

Shane will be leading the rhythm section at this protest at the Indian Consulate.

Please join the women of SAWCC for a creative movement-based protest action in front of the New York City Indian consulate on Indian Republic Day - Saturday January 26th, 2013, from 12-1 pm. Our action is a response to the horrific violence wrought upon Jyoti Singh Pandey in India, and on women's bodies everyday around the world.

12/07/10Grammy Nomination

The Silk Road Ensemble's latest recording, "Off the Map," has been nominated for the Grammy in the Best Classical Cross Over category! We released this album on the World Village/In a Circle Record Label last November. It features great new music that we commissioned from Evan Ziporyn, Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Angel Lam. We'll be touring in support of this record in March and April of 2011.

11/24/10New Album Available on iTunes!

Inspired by over a decade of performing around the globe with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, as well as with frame drum master Glen Velez, Shane Shanahan’s debut album takes you on a rhythmic journey of discovery across cultures. Using an exotic collection of drums from Africa, India, the Middle East, Indonesia, Latin America, and the US, the music evokes nine diverse landscapes. The melodic layering of bamboo flutes, thumb pianos, vibraphone, hang drum and throat singing will transport you deeper into the heart of each musical destination. Visit the iTunes store to check it out! Hard copies of the CD will be available in mid-December.

02/01/10Grammy Award

Yo-Yo Ma's holiday album, "Songs of Joy and Peace," has received two Grammy's! Best Classical Crossover Album and Producer of the Year, Classical (Steven Epstein). Shane can be heard on several track of this record as well as be seen, with Alison Krauss, on the "Making of" DVD that accompanies the Deluxe Edition.