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Yo-Yo Ma's Profile

Brief about Yo-Yo Ma: By info that we know Yo-Yo Ma was born at 1955-10-07. And also Yo-Yo Ma is American Musician.

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The thing that I've always been slightly frustrated with, was that the idea of a CD is kind of confined to a material possession that you can put on a shelf. And the idea of music, for me, is always about both the communication and the sharing of content. And so the interactive part is missing.

Tags: Idea, Music, Put

There are limits to how much sound a cello can make. That's part of the framing of acoustical instruments. Finding what those limits might be, and then trying to suggest perhaps even the illusion of going beyond is part of that kind of effort.

Tags: Effort, Might, Trying

Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there's got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you're at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together.

Tags: Faith, Forward, Together

Good things happen when you meet strangers.

Tags: Good, Happen, Meet

As you begin to realize that every different type of music, everybody's individual music, has its own rhythm, life, language and heritage, you realize how life changes, and you learn how to be more open and adaptive to what is around us.

Tags: Learn, Life, Music

I learn something not because I have to, but because I really want to. That's the same view I have for performing. I'm performing because I really want to, not because I have to bring bread back home.

Tags: Bring, Home, Learn

After reaching 50, I began to wonder what the root of life is.

Tags: After, Life, Wonder

The tango is really a combination of many cultures, though it eventually became the national music of Argentina.

Tags: Music, National, Though

The role of the musician is to go from concept to full execution. Put another way, it's to go from understanding the content of something to really learning how to communicate it and make sure it's well-received and lives in somebody else.

Tags: Else, Learning, Put

When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.

Tags: Accept, Culture, Learn

But an innovation, to grow organically from within, has to be based on an intact tradition, so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals, and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music.

Tags: Idea, Music, Together

Jazz has been such a force in music, that any musician, including classical composers, have been influenced, and obviously performers, also.

Tags: Force, Jazz, Music

One of the things I love about music is live performance.

Tags: Love, Music

There's a part of me that's always charging ahead. I'm the curious kid, always going to the edge.

Tags: Curious, Kid

We may be coming to a new golden age of instrument making.

Tags: Age, Making, May

I love grocery shopping when I'm home. That's what makes me feel totally normal. I love both the idea of home as in being with my family and friends, and also the idea of exploration. I think those two are probably my great interests.

Tags: Family, Home, Love

I've been traveling all over the world for 25 years, performing, talking to people, studying their cultures and musical instruments, and I always come away with more questions in my head than can be answered.

Tags: Away, Head, Talking

One is that you have to take time, lots of time, to let an idea grow from within. The second is that when you sign on to something, there will be issues of trust, deep trust, the way the members of a string quartet have to trust one another.

Tags: Deep, Time, Trust

I really would like to be involved in things and to understand things, and in some ways you've got to be careful what you wish for because I feel very, very blessed to have such an interesting life and to be able to have little snapshots of lives of people from many different parts of the world.

Tags: Blessed, Life, Understand

I think of a piece of music as something that comes alive when it is being performed, and I feel that my role in the transmission of music is to be its best advocate at that moment.

Tags: Best, Moment, Music