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Yo Yo Ma

New Sounds

Unexpected World Music

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hear music from Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, in a 4-part work by David Bruce with instructions for dance moves, and other world music.

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New Sounds

New Music/Baroque Forms

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hear new music based on baroque forms like passacaglias, bourrees and courantes on this New Sounds, featuring excerpts from Caroline Shaw's "Partita for 8 Voices" by Roomful of Teeth. 

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New Sounds

New Music for Banjo and Mandolin

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New music for banjo and mandolin from the Punch Brothers, Tony Trischka, Avi Avital, Ellipsis, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Jake Schepps, and Yo-Yo Ma.

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New Sounds

Unexpected World Music

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Listen to an hour of world music on this New Sounds. Hear a Malagasy Greek American version of a song from the Bahamas by Joseph Spence, in a collaboration by Rossy, Paul & Pana.  Also, listen to Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, in a 4-part work by David Bruce which feel like dance step instructions. Then, there’s New York-based Annabouboula doing Greek blues songs, along with the Greek singer Savina Yannatou, in music from the island of Sardinia. And more.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

The Silk Road Ensemble Charts 'A Playlist Without Borders'

Monday, November 04, 2013

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma has released a new collection of commissioned works by John Zorn, Vijay Iyer, Collin Jacobsen and others. Stream it all this week.

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New Sounds

New Music/Baroque Forms

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Hear new music based on baroque forms like passacaglias, bourrees and courantes on this New Sounds.  Hear a passacaglia from Caroline Shaw, the Pulitzer Prize-winning NYC-based composer from her “Partita for 8 Voices,” a suite of many dance forms. This winning work was written for the vocal group Roomful of Teeth, who are themselves something like a world music rock concert high wire act. There’s also a toccata for Indonesian gamelan, along with contemporary takes on the 400 year old Italian dance form - the passacaglia- from Danish lute player Rolf Lislevand, and more.

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Showdown @ High Noon

It's a Tie: You Chose Bach and Dvorak

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Choose from three Yo-Yo Ma performances—with him as soloist with orchestra, as a chamber musician, or just alone with his cello— and we'll play the winner today at noon.

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WQXR Blog

Watch: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Performs at Boston Memorial Service

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Yo-Yo Ma arrived in Boston Thursday morning to perform in a memorial service for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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WQXR Blog

Yo-Yo Ma Joins Rocker to Campaign for US Arts Funding

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to increase funding for the arts in a year of deep federal budget cuts.

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Soundcheck

Yo-Yo Ma: Still Honored, Still Exploring

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Yo-Yo Ma, is the among the most famous names in classical music today, but his reputation extends far beyond that world. This spring, Ma is receiving the 2013 Vilcek Prize, He discusses his career with Soundcheck. 

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Live Broadcasts

On-Demand Audio: NJ Symphony Orchestra with Yo-Yo Ma

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Yo-Yo Ma recently joined the New Jersey Symphony in Elgar's Cello Concerto. Listen to the full program on-demand.

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New Sounds

Middle Eastern Chamber Music

Sunday, October 16, 2011

For this New Sounds, listen to some small ensemble works revolving around the sounds of Persian and Arabic instruments and melodies.  We'll hear "Silent City" from Kayhan Kalhor with Brooklyn Rider, along with some music from Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.  Plus, listen to the Kronos Quarte recording, "Floodplain", and more.

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WNYC News

Keys, Sunglasses, 18th Century Violin...Whoops!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Korean violinist Hanh-Bin is in good company. Like Philippe Quint and Gidon Kremer who forgot their violins, or Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Harrell who forgot their cellos in New York taxis, Hahn-Bin left his 18th century, $600,000 violin in a taxi yesterday.

On a ride from Lincoln Center to Chinatown, ...

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Studio 360

Yo-Yo Ma

Friday, January 16, 2009

The virtuoso cellist performs in a quartet with Itzhak Perlman at Inauguration this week. He's a household name, but as Ma told Kurt when he performed in our studio, he loves collaboration.

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Studio 360

Artists and Obama

Friday, January 16, 2009

To mark the Inauguration we asked poets, actors, and musicians to leave voicemails for the new president. Artists who turned Obama into an icon during the campaign, find themselves in a quandary. And Kurt has an exit interview with departing NEA chairman Dana Gioia. Plus, all of New York City fits into a single room in Queens.

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Studio 360

Yo-Yo Ma, Boston, The 99

Friday, October 19, 2007

Studio 360 gets physical and Boston’s got class. A college professor transforms the way he taught physics after attending ballet class. World-class cellist Yo-Yo Ma gives Kurt a lesson in world music. The subtleties of class in South Boston surface on the silver screen, again, in Gone Baby Gone. And Muslim teenagers turn into superheroes in the new comic book The 99.

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Studio 360

Bonus Track: Ma plays Bach

Friday, October 19, 2007

Yo-Yo Ma performs J.S. Bach's "Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major: V. Menuett" in Studio 360.

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Studio 360

Yo-Yo Ma

Friday, October 19, 2007

The virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma has gotten a lot of attention in the last decade for forming and leading The Silk Road Ensemble –- a group that draws its members and music from countries all across Asia. Whether on the road or at home in ...

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Studio 360

Yo-Yo Ma on Original Instruments

Saturday, January 13, 2001

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks with John Schaefer about the pleasures of performing Bach on a baroque cello.

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Studio 360

Recreations, Gopnik, Civil War

Saturday, November 11, 2000

Host Kurt Andersen and special guest New Yorker critic Adam Gopnik discuss why artists, musicians and people from all walks of life choose to recreate artifacts from the past - on canvas, in the concert hall and on the battlefield. Cellist Yo Yo Ma talks about baroque music on original ...

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