Musical Saturday: Yo-Yo Ma – Playlist For An Extreme Occasion

Musical Saturday: Yo-Yo Ma – Playlist For An Extreme Occasion

Today is time to bring a different album; Playlist For An Extreme Occasion is the work of the Silkroad Ensemble, a collective of artists gathered by Yo-Yo Ma in pursuit of showing a music without borders. It is not at all easy listening, but worth checking over the weekend.

Composer Vijay Iyer created “Playlist for an Extreme Occasion,” a work that included a type of musical dialogue between the cello and the tabla — a pair of Indian drums — along with the use of the piano as a percussive instrument, and segments of improvisation.

In creating the work, Iyer said he tried to “think about how we experience music today, what is it for, and how does it function in our lives. … You can’t force meaning onto any musical situation, but you can at least open it up as a question.”

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