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Sitting Down With Yo-Yo Ma; Abigail Washburn Plays Live; Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the "Class of 2001"

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Studio 360 Episode 842, Yo-Yo Man, Boston, The 99 Yo-Yo Ma (Stephen Danelian)

In this episode: The world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma was recently awarded the Vilcek Prize for Contemporary Music, which recognizes immigrants who have made significant contributions to the American arts. He stops by to tell us about it.

Plus: Singer, songwriter, and clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn joins us to talk about her new staged piece, “Post-American Girl,” which is based on her 17-year relationship with China. And, she plays live.

And: writer Lizzy Goodman joins us to talk about her recent New York Times Magazine profile of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. 

    Guests:

    Lizzy Goodman, Yo-Yo Ma and Abigail Washburn

    Yo-Yo Ma: Still Honored, Still Exploring

    Yo-Yo Ma, is the among the most famous names in classical music today, but his reputation extends far beyond that world. This spring, Ma is receiving the 2013 Vilcek Prize, He discusses his career with Soundcheck. 

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    Abigail Washburn Is A 'Post-American Girl'

    Since her 2005 debut, Abigail Washburn has paired the sounds of traditional American bluegrass and the folk music and arts of China. Nearly twenty years after her fascination with China began, the songwriter, and clawhammer banjo extraordinaire is dramatizing her own story in a new staged piece, Post-American Girl. Watch Washburn perform "Taiyang Chulai" in the Soundcheck studio.

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      Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Audacious And Awkward Rock Stars

      Karen O, the kinetic singer of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, is notorious for her explosive and commanding on-stage performances. But as music writer Lizzy Goodman wrote in a new profile of the band for The New York Times Magazine, O and her bandmates -- guitarist Nick Zinner and drummer Brian Chase -- are surprisingly awkward and shy.

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      Gig Alert: Clint Mansell

      Musician and film score composer Clint Mansell makes his New York City debut on Wednesday at Church of St. Paul the Apostle. Download "In Full Bloom."

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