In conjunction with the exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road, musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble are in residence at the Getty to create pop-up musical performances inspired by the art and replica caves on view.

In this video filmed inside replica Cave 275, bassist Jeffrey Beecher plays a composition by John Anderson, while comparing the modern-day traveler to the ancient pilgrim who experienced the introspective spaces of the Dunhuang cave temples.

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[Music plays: Prelude from Four Short Pieces for Double Bass]

Jeffrey Beecher:  For me, one of the most amazing things in standing inside Replica Cave 275 is to imagine the weary traveler who’s walked hundreds and hundreds of miles coming into this incredibly small but ver...

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