CELLIST YO-YO MA TO ANNOUNCE GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF “CELEBRATE AND COLLABORATE” CONTEST ON NPR NEWS’ ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

Winner To Receive Opportunity To Record With Yo-Yo Ma

NEW YORK – January 16, 2009 – Today on NPR News’ All Things Considered, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will announce the grand prize winner of the Indaba Music contest, “Celebrate and Collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma.” Through Indaba Music, the leading online music collaboration web application and social network, Ma made available a pre-recorded melody of the classic piece, “Dona Nobis Pacem” (Give Us Peace). Members of the Indaba Music community, including musicians from all over the world, were challenged to record a counterpart to Ma’s cello or create a set of variations based on the main musical theme. The grand prize winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record with Yo-Yo Ma.
“I have always been a believer in what I can learn from other musicians of all ages, from all musical traditions,” says Yo-Yo Ma. “Through Indaba Music’s growing community of artists, I feel that I will find not only amazing talent with which to work but also engage a new audience – I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.”
An online community of professional, amateur and student musicians, Indaba Music offered this opportunity to work with Yo-Yo Ma to its more than 125,000 artists. Several prominent music schools and music educators used this as a teaching opportunity and integrated it into coursework.
Musicians had until December 31, 2008 to submit their piece. Ma challenged musicians to be creative and inspire him by submitting versions that move beyond the classical genre.
“Yo-Yo Ma values new kinds of artistic collaboration. His latest album, Songs of Joy and Peace, features creative collaborations with some of his favorite artist friends - James Taylor, Diana Krall, Alison Krauss, Chris Botti and Renée Fleming,” says Alex Miller, Senior VP/General Manager of Sony BMG Masterworks & Victor Label Group. “With Indaba Music, we extended an open invitation to the worldwide music community and are excited about what those musicians created.”

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Comments (4)

I've already been in search of it online and - for a change - am disappointed in America's speedy capitalism. And I think it would be great if Mr. Ma made an entire CD with recordings of all the varying top entries he got. Geography Dissertation

They played marvelous-it was cold, GET OVER IT. I don't know. Maybe the artisits can all get together do a one off live performance of the piece as a fund raiser for NPR or Public TV. They can call it the "Get a Life and Suck on It, Boneheads!" show. I mean really! I saw Yo-Yo Ma being hassled by those jerks from that idiot TMZ show and it was made my blood boil.

Hello, I created a log-in just to let you know how very much I was moved by your inaugural performance. I've already been in search of it online and - for a change - am disappointed in America's speedy capitalism. Seeing & hearing you and Itzhak Perlman - his face epitomizing serene joy - i plugged in my earphones and cranked up the volume. The memory is my new 'happy place". peace, joy & harmony

This was a lovely contest for Mr. Ma to hold. I'm surprised there weren't more entries, but I myself found out about it fairly late, and of course, it was the hectic season of the holidays. But I really enjoyed hearing the few winning entries which were such different versions and types of accompaniment. Bravo to all! I'd love if we could hear more of the versions. And I think it would be great if Mr. Ma made an entire CD with recordings of all the varying top entries he got.

The heavy metal, the chimes, etc., make Nobis Pacem sound like a different piece in each, and I think it would be a lot of fun to hear them on a CD (and/or online, perhaps of a wider variety, that don't fit onto a CD).

Again, bravo to all who submitted!
Hana Asazuma-Cheng