Silk Road Journeys of the Eurasian Lute

Part of the lecture series ,"Traveling the Silk Road," at the Natural History Museum

Thursday, January 30, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Georgetown University professor, Dr. James Millward, discusses the ancestors of the guitar, viola, mandolin and other members of the stringed instrument family that hail from Central Eurasia and traveled both east and west along what we call the "Silk Road."  Aspects of their musical and social contexts spread along with the instruments themselves, and examining these journeys gives us a deeper sense of what Eurasian cultural exchanges in ancient and medieval times entailed.  Silk Road interactions involved more than the conveyance of a thing from point A to point B; these conversation laid the shared substratum of old world civilization and continue to resonate today, whenever strings are strummed.

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The Asia Institute Program on Central Asia is a co-sponsor of this event.


Cost: $9 for Members, $10 for Nonmembers