It is important to see a crossroads music of american

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Unformatted text preview: unt Publishers, 2013 18 the video and CD “Appalachian Journey.” This album uses the three string players as the core, but then adds special guests singer/songwriter James Taylor and fiddler/vocalist Alison Krauss. The recording includes various American genres from traditional Anglo fiddle tunes to Stephen Foster songs. In interviews, Yo- Yo Ma has explained that often- disparate types of music have very deep and surprising connections, but that “it’s part of the same flow.”4 One of Ma’s goals is to explore music as a means of communication and as a vehicle for the migration of ideas around the world. This interest led to his establishment of the Silk Road Project, which studies the cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the Silk Road trade route that connected the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. This project is an umbrella organization and resource for many cultural and educational programs, participating in several festivals, including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2002. Ma has collaborated with musicians from many different genres and cultural traditions. In 2004, he released Yo- Yo Ma Plays Morricone, his re- imagining of themes from Ennio Moriccone’s award winning film sound tracks. The idea for this recording began during the Academy Awards in 2001, when Ma was performing the award- winning score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and met Morricone. Most recently Ma has collaborated with Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Stuart Duncan to create another fusion effort which they call, “Goat Rodeo.” According to Ma, a goat rodeo is a chaotic event that requires many things going right for the situation to work. Fusing classical music with bluegrass in order to make an effective new style is challenging, hence the name of the album. Listening Example: Quarter Chicken Dark by Yo Yo Ma with Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Stuart Duncan from the Goat Rodeo Sessions Yellow Pearl Yellow Pearl is the name of a band created by three Asian American musicians: Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, and “Charlie” Chin. In 1973 they created a very important album in terms of Asian American music and identity. Called “A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America,” the album is now part of the Smithsonian Folkways collection as it was a major contributor to Asian American identity. Listening Example: We are the Children Coco Lee Coco Lee is a Chinese American singer and actress who was born in Hong Kong but who’s family moved to San Francisco when she was about ten years old. She studied 4 Schaefer, Liner Notes, Appalachian Journey, Sony Music Incorporated, 1999. Crossroads: Music of American Cultures (Barkley) Kendall Hunt Publishers, 2013 19 biochemistry at University of California, Irvine, but shifted to an entertainment career after winning the Miss Chinese America Pageant in 1991. She won a singing contest in Hong Kong, which helped launch her as a pop diva. She has never become a big commercial success in the United States, but is well known in Asian countries. She was the first (and is still the only) musician of Chinese ethnicity to perform at the Oscars, where she sang “A Love Before Time” from the film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Listening Example: A Love For All Time (Sung by Coco Lee and with Yo Yo Ma on Cello) Far East Movement (represented as Far★East Movement or abbreviated FM) A Los Angeles- based hip hop band formed in 2003, the musicians include Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura), Prohgress (James Roh), J- Splif (Jae Choung), and DJ Virman (Virman Coquia). “Round Round” was their first famous song, as it was used in the Hollywood movie, “The Fast...
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