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The Goat Rodeo Sessions (Live from the House of Blues) - EP

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Editors’ Notes

The floor seats were filled with eager audience members and excited patrons lined the three-sided perimeters of the mezzanine and loge levels as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Thile, fiddler/multi-instrumentalist Stuart Duncan and double bassist Edgar Meyer took to Boston’s House of Blues stage in late January 2012. Five numbers from that unique concert are featured on this exclusive EP, including “Quarter Chicken Dark” and “Here and Heaven” from the Goat Rodeo Sessions album, which birthed this supergroup. Guest vocalist (and proud Beantown native) Aoife O’Donovan reprises her role on the latter, duetting with Thile. The two also sing on the final encore number, a stirring rendition of the Welsh folk song “All Through the Night”. Thile, Ma and Meyer’s crisp trio interpretation of the fourth movement of Bach’s Gamba Sonata No. 1, in turn, is a fitting nod to the cellist and bassist’s formidable standings in the classical community.

Customer Reviews

So wish I could have seen this in the cinema when it streamed live.

All of these musicians, individually, are incredibly talented. Together, they are like a pangalactic gargleblaster… Yo Yo Ma seems very interested and amused by the enterprise, Chris Thile seems enthused and genuinely happy to get a challenge, Edgar Meyer… well, he's too quiet to know whether he's planning world domination or just tea. And Stuart Duncan is a new one to me, but in such company I'm sure he's worth his salt. Can't wait to give this a good listen on decent headphones; the single had me laughing out loud for the sheer fun of it.

Ma is the Man!

Always great to hear Ma playing. $5 is a great price for these 5 tracks too.

Musical virtuosity

These guys are all brilliant, playful, creative, and willing to share musical space with each other. When they get together, it's exhilarating to hear what they can do and how, in the presence of each other, they are spurned on to even greater heights. It's refreshing to be in the presence of such innate talent and those who love what they do! Have at it boys!


Born: October 7, 1955 in Paris, France

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Yo-Yo Ma is the cello's foremost contemporary proponent; while primarily a classical performer, he has also made a number of highly successful crossover recordings. Born October 7, 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris, he began playing the cello at the age of four, later studying with Janos Scholz; in 1962, he also became the pupil of Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School, and was the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize in 1978. A Harvard graduate, Ma made his initial impact performing...
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