Songs Of Joy & Peace

Songs Of Joy & Peace

by Yo-Yo Ma


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Imagine a party, a musical party inspired by the holiday season. A party that celebrates the universal hopes, dreams, and joys that animate 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 -- some old, some new -- to create Songs of Joy & Peace. It is Yo-Yo's hope that everyone who listens to this album will not only hear familiar, beloved songs but also discover and fall in love with music that is brand new.

Says Ma: "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. 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."

Don't miss the Deluxe Edition, which includes a 60-minute DVD with music videos and a photo gallery.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Sony Classics
UPC: 0886972441429
catalogNumber: 724414
Rank: 4783

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yo-Yo Ma   Primary Artist,Cello
Alison Krauss   Vocals
Edgar Meyer   Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
James "J.T." Taylor   Guitar,Vocals
James Taylor   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Brubeck   Piano
Billy Childs   Piano
Paquito D'Rivera   Clarinet
David Lasley   Vocals
Matthew Brubeck   Cello
Robert Hurst   Bass
Joshua Redman   Tenor Saxophone
Badi Assad   Vocals
Odair Assad   Acoustic Guitar
Sergio Assad   Acoustic Guitar
Cyro Baptista   Percussion
Chris Botti   Trumpet
John Clayton   Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Renée Fleming   Soprano (Vocal)
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
Billy Kilson   Drums
Romero Lubambo   Acoustic Guitar
Wu Man   Pipa
Kate Markowitz   Vocals
Nilson Matta   Bass
Marcus Rojas   Tuba,Background Vocals
Andrea Zonn   Vocals
Diana Krall   Piano,Vocals
Natalie MacMaster   Fiddle
Arnold McCuller   Vocals
J.D. Blair   Drums
Chris Thile   Mandolin,Vocals
Kayhan Kalhor   Kamanche
Marika Hughes   Background Vocals
Kojiro Umezaki   Shakuhachi
Ray Rizzo   Drums,Background Vocals
Alon Yavnai   Piano
Mac Morin   Piano
Siamak Aghaei   Santur
Nick Cords   Viola
Sandeep Das   Tabla
Billy Childs Trio   Piano
Jake Shimabukuro   Ukulele
Marcus Milius   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Shane Shanahan   Percussion
Carolina Assad   Vocals
Clarice Assad   Vocals
Caroline Taylor   Vocals
Silk Road Ensemble   Ensemble
Joseph Gramley   Percussion
John Hadfield   Percussion
Victor Prieto   Accordion
Carlo DeRosa   Acoustic Bass
Jonathan Gandelsman   Violin
Daxun Zhang   Double Bass
Matt Brubeck   Cello
Balla Kouyate   Background Vocals,Balafon
Angelina Assad   Vocals
Rodrigo Assad   Vocals
You-Young Kim   Viola
Martha Cook   celtic harp
Siamak Jahangiry   Ney
Wu Tong   Vocals,Sheng
Kyle Sanna   Guitar,Background Vocals
Amelia Zirin-Brown   Vocals
Cristina Pato   Bagpipes,Vocals

Technical Credits

Edgar Meyer   Arranger,Composer
George Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
James "J.T." Taylor   Arranger
James Taylor   Arranger
Dave Brubeck   Arranger,Composer
Billy Childs   Arranger
Paquito D'Rivera   Composer
Blossom Dearie   Composer
Matthew Brubeck   Arranger
Yo-Yo Ma   Arranger,Liner Notes
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Yoko Ono   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Odair Assad   Composer
Sergio Assad   Arranger,Composer
John Clayton   Arranger
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Robert Fortunato   Session Photographer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Richard King   Engineer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Natalie MacMaster   Arranger
Lowell Mason   Composer
Chris Thile   Arranger,Composer
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Robert Mellin   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Robert Thurston   Arranger
Linda Albert   Lyricist
Eric May   Session Photographer
Traditional   Composer
Charles Floyd   Arranger
Alon Yavnai   Composer
Cristin Bagnall   Executive Producer
Stephen Prutsman   Arranger
Billy Childs Trio   Arranger
Laura Kszan   Product Development
Jake Shimabukuro   Arranger
Osvaldo Golijov   Composer
Clarice Assad   Composer
John Yakubik   Marketing
Hyomin Kang   Engineer
Eddie Jackson   Engineer
Matt Brubeck   Arranger
Heather Swanson   Session Photographer
Anonymous   Composer
Cristobal Halffter   Composer
Lu Xiaoxing   Engineering
Steven Epstein   Producer
Jimmy Asnes   Session Photographer
Rob Fortunato   Session Photographer
Kyle Sanna   Arranger
Cristina Pato   Arranger
David O'Donnell   Producer,Engineering

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Songs Of Joy & Peace 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
S.Hays-Lafayette More than 1 year ago
In comparison of the standard holiday music schamltz - this is stellar. The album does awonderful job of intertwing themes of Joy and Peace.
The music is well crafted. If you you are looking for pure holdiay music drivel this album is not for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...could bring together all these diverse talents and pull off such an eccletic, fun-filled album. It's all over the map (quite literally!), but it works, and it makes me smile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your not a fan of Yo-Yo Ma, after you listen to this recording you will be. A great selection of songs and musicians. You`ll really enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the collaborations were very good. Yo-Yo seemed to be more inspired with the different works he did on this album.
Boulderbookie More than 1 year ago
In the midst of the horrors of American Idol and the ugliness of Rap Music, this album restores my faith in American popular music. The best description of this collection is "classy." All of the performers are top notch, and the selection of pieces is clever and original.
BookGirlToo More than 1 year ago
Soul-stirring cello! Highly recommended! Will make a unique gift any time of year.
BrendaIN More than 1 year ago
I extremely enjoyed listing to this CD. It has a little bit of everything in it from relaxing, touching, inspiring. The duets are a wonderful combination of musical talents.
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This is beautiful and sincere music. I feel it in my heart everytime I listen to it.
SOMinder More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for typical holiday music, this is not a CD you want. There are selections that relate to the holidays, and there are some that do not. There are a wide variety of musical styles included, so there is not a consistent feeling from piece to piece while listening to the CD. Also, I was expecting instrumental pieces considering it was a Yo-Yo Ma CD, but some of this collection includes singing. I enjoyed roughly half the selections and did not care for the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This purchase was a graduation gift for a friend receiving her doctorate in divinity. I have had a copy since it first came out. Uplifting, relaxing, a variety of genres. A few tracks are definitely Christmassy - but most are universal songs for peace and love and joy.
WOLFRIVER34 More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline10 More than 1 year ago
Tantalize your emotions with the profound sounds of various artists as they perform with Yo Yo Ma. His amazing talent for cello is only one captivating piece of this CD. Listen to it year-round for it's unbelievable integration of artists instruments many unheard of. Yo Yo Ma has brought together various musicians of unsurpassed talent to bring sounds you will not hear on any radio or CD. The liner unfolds to reveal pictures of the musicians and their instruments. The unexpected originality of music takes the listener from traditional American christmas, African American spiritual, to jazz and Japanese. This CD does not disappoint but it is unlike any other as it has unexpected surprises!
Griffenlemur More than 1 year ago
I was wandering around Barnes & Noble during the holidays, and I heard this CD. I recognized the superior musical quality (the cello of course) and had to have it. However, I would not recommend this for the person that wants the traditional holiday music. I believe you would be disappointed. That being said, I have thoroughly enjoyed this unique presentation. There are 22 tracks with several good collaborations. Personally, I appreciate anyone who is bringing Peace to the planet any way they can, and this is such a lovely sound...I just feel good after listening to it. Yo-Yo Ma has such a gift, playing the cello with such joy and spreading that to all of us.
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