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Yo-Yo Ma

Songs Of Joy & Peace

Sony Masterworks
Release Date: October 14, 2008

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Cristina Pato, Yo Yo Ma. Songs of Joy and Peace
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1 Dona Nobis Pacem  
2 You Couldn't Be Cuter  
3 Joy To the World  
4 Here Comes the Sun  
5 Dona Nobis Pacem  
6 The Wassail Song  
7 Slip the Jig  
8 The Wexford Carol  
9 Panxolina, A Galician Carol  
10 Dona Nobis Pacem  
11 Vassourinhas  
12 Dona Nobis Pacem  
13 Invitacion al Danzon  
14 My One and Only Love  
15 Familia  
16 Concordia  
17 My Favorite Things  
18 Touch the Hand of Love  
19 Kuai Le  
20 This Little Light of Mine  
21 Happy Xmas  
22 Happy Xmas  
23 Auld Lang Syne/Dona Nobis Pacem  
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Imagine a party, a musical party inspired by the holiday season.  A party that celebrates the universal hopes, dreams and joy animating seasonal festivals the world over – Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid al-Adha, Kwanzaa, Yule and New Year's Day.  That is what brought Yo-Yo Ma together with a remarkable group of friends to create Yo-Yo Ma & Friends Songs of Joy & Peace, a new album of songs from Sony BMG Masterworks that will be available Tuesday, October 14.

"It started with the idea of a party, a party built around the concept of joy and the infinite varieties of joy to be found in the world," Ma recalls.  "But joy can't exist in our world without the comfort of peace.  As we all draw closer and closer together in this world, nothing is more important.  So as much as the music in this album is about joy, it is also about peace, about the two operating in tandem.  I am really excited to know that I have all these fabulous colleagues who think the same way."

"Holidays are always about going home and being with friends and family," remarked Diana Krall.  "And so wanting to capture that, I think, is what we did today.  We played together and it would have been weird if it was done in any other way.  One of the best days of my life was today with Yo-Yo Ma."  And Chris Botti went on to say: "The sound of the two instruments [trumpet and cello] is very, very beautiful and haunting together and Yo-Yo brings the joy.  He's got enough joy for everyone.  I'm just incredibly honored to be given an invitation to the party and thrilled to be here."

Songs of Joy & Peace will be available online and in stores on Tuesday, October 14. The recording has been chosen as a featured holiday selection at Starbucks and will also be sold at select Starbucks locations nationwide.

Also available is a special deluxe edition of Songs of Joy & Peace featuring an expanded booklet, a CD of the album including bonus tracks, and an exclusive DVD showcasing five music videos of Yo-Yo Ma joining forces with guest artists James Taylor ("Here Comes the Sun"), Alison Krauss ("The Wexford Carol"), Ren?e Fleming ("Touch the Hand of Love"), Diana Krall ("You Couldn't Be Cuter") and Chris Botti ("My Favorite Things")   In addition, the
Songs of Joy & Peace bonus DVD will premiere a behind-the-scenes 60-minute video documenting the making of the album.

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