Presented without comment over at The Daily Swarm this afternoon is this two minute, first-meeting of the bows between Yo-Yo and Dr. Stringz. Ma’s eager to the point of being patronizing, sorta like a preschool TV show host in laying out the rules (I’ll play something, you just jump in whenever) and congratulating Andrew on his performance as if this was Bird’s first time in violin class. However Andrew probably doesn’t mind, it’s Yo-Yo after all (never said that before) and they really do make some nice contrapuntal music together, especially when AB gets into his Bird calling.

Yo loves that whistling. Ma Bird is an album that does not exist but I’m thinking now that maybe it should.

UPDATE: Clip is from MTV Iggy, a “new, recently launched brand focused on culture and music with a global perspective.” Word.

Comments (10)
  1. 6-3-2  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    I dunno about patronizing, the whole jump in when you want is a common way of improvising, and I think Yo-Yo Ma is just adorably nice: like world’s greatest dad nice.

  2. Michael Houghton  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    “World’s greatest dad nice”. Something to aim for in life.

  3. AB rules. Can’t wait for his new album!

  4. steev  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    YY rules. Can’t wait for his new album!

  5. bananafana feux  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    Word indeed. Yo-Yo is the shit! He brings the thunder in Appalachian Waltz.

  6. Eric  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    umm this is not good. the problem is that yo yo picked a really dumb ass melody to play

    could have been so much cooler without yo yo ma, who is a classical musician who was playing a melody from memory, NOT ACTUALLY IMPROVISING!

    • Um your comment is not good. The problem is that you picked a really dumb ass thing to say.

      Improvisation in classical music, like in jazz, is often based on established forms. Considering Ma plays the cello, a lower register instrument, it makes sense that he would provide the basic form.

  7. nick  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 0

    good god i envy that whistle.

  8. la la la la  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 0

    I can whistle better than that. I’m serious.

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