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Yo-Yo Ma: Is a Jazz CD Next?

Yo-Yo Ma is quite possibly today’s most famous classical musician. But as many of his fans around the world already know, his curiosity knows no boundaries. Whether he’s gliding through Jacob Do Bandolim’s “Doce de Coco” with clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera or journeying into the heart of Central Asia with his equally distinguished Silk Road Project collaborators, the cellist plays with a palpable sense of delight and wonder.

Founded in 1998 to explore the rich musical diversity of the peoples along the historic trade route, the Silk Road Project was documented on the 2002 album Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet (Sony Classical). “This September we’re doing a number of educational programs,” Ma says, “including a big collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall that will result in workshops, seminars and concerts at Tanglewood in Massachusetts and in New York. Right now, we’re looking at Rom [Gypsy] music-music that moved and changed over time with the Roma’s migration.”

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