Rhiannon Giddens’ Next Act

“So is there a plan?”

Rhiannon Giddens has taken a chair, stage right in the theater at the Soraya Center for the Performing Arts at Cal State University Northridge in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley suburb. She’s asking her question to the dozen (or so) other musicians arranged with their instruments in an arc across the stage. This is the acclaimed Silkroad Ensemble, a collective of visionary international talent, sound-checking and rehearsing for the evening’s concert, just the fourth on their tour of their American Railroad project.

After a little group discussion, she picks up her fiddle, tunes it and plays a few licks, then the same with her

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