Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile

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Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile explain goat rodeos and discuss their totally American, genre-proof music. (5:19)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAVE CREATED A

UNIQUE FUSION OF BLUEGRASS AND

CLASSICAL MUSIC.

I HOPE THEY PLAY "DUELING

CELLOS."

PLEASE WELCOME YO-YO MA, STEWART

DUNCAN, EDGAR MAIER, CHRIS

BAILEY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

NICE TO MEET YOU.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN, MY

FRIEND.

ALL RIGHT, GENTLEMEN.

LET'S GET STRAIGHT TO IT.

THE NAME OF THE NEW ALBUM IS

CALLED "THE GOAT RODEO

SESSIONS."

WHAT'S A GOAT RODEO?

(LAUGHTER)

BECAUSE IMMEDIATELY I'M

PICTURING MONKEYS IN COWBOY HATS

RIDING GOATS.

HOW CLOSE AM I?

I THINK I'VE SEEN THAT ON ESPN

2.

WHAT'S A GOAT RODEO.

>> YOU'RE PRETTY CLOSE.

A GOAT RODEO WE'RE LED TO

BELIEVE IS A SITUATION THAT'S SO

VERY CHAOTIC THAT EVERYTHING

WOULD HAVE TO GO RIGHT FOR

EVERYONE NOT TO BE SCREWED.

>> Stephen: SO IN THE VERNACULAR

OF AMERICA IT'S A CLUSTER

(BLEEP).

THE

(LAUGHTER)

OBVIOUSLY YO-YO'S INVOLVED SO

YOU'VE GOT TO KEEP IT CLASSY.

(LAUGHTER)

>> I'M THE GOAT.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE THE GOAT!

>> Stephen: SO YOU'VE BEEN ON

THE SHOW BEFORE, EVERYBODY KNOWS

YOU'RE THE CELLO MASTER

EXTRAORDINAIRE.

BUT ALL THESE OTHER MUSICIANS

HERE, EVERYBODY UP ON STAGE IS A

MASTER.

YOU GOT YO-YO, YOU GOT CHRIS

CHRIS, YOU GOT EDGAR EDGAR AND

YOU GOT TZU TZU BACK HERE.

EDGAR BACK HERE, YOU WON THE

AVERY FISHER PRIZE.

YOU'RE A MacARTHUR GENIUS AWARD

WINNER.

CHAISE SAY SOMETHING SMART.

(LAUGHTER)

>> PLEASURE TO BE ON THE SHOW.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: PLAY IT SAFE, I LIKE

THAT.

USE THE BRAIN.

I NOTICED... I READ ON HERE THE

SONGS ARE FANTASTIC.

I NOTICED THAT YOU THREE WROTE

ALL OF THEM.

WHY ARE YOU DRAGGING THIS DEAD

WEIGHT AROUND.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU DID NOTHING ON HERE SDPLFRJT

YOU'RE BASICALLY A SESSION

MUSICIAN ON THIS THING, YO-YO.

>> I LIKE TO TAKE IT'S EASY, YOU

KNOW?

I'M OLDER THAN ALL THESE PEOPLE.

>> ARE YOU THERE TO PROVIDE

CLASS?

BECAUSE YOU'RE CLASSY, YOU'RE...

THE CELLO... YOU'RE A CLASSY

GUY.

YOU'RE CLASS ON TAP.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WELL, THAT'S VERY NICE OF YOU

TO SAY BUT I DO NOT TWIN

MacARTHUR PRIZE.

>> Stephen: NO, YOU'RE JUST...

YOU JUST WON THE MEDAL OF

FREEDOM FROM THE PRESIDENT.

(LAUGHTER)

RIGHT?

IS THAT ALL?

OH, THIS LITTLE THING, I ONLY

WEAR IT ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS.

DOES HE EVER PLAY THE YO-YO MA

CARD ON YOU GUYS?

DOES HE EVER SAY "REMEMBER WHEN

WE WERE ALL PLAYING AT THE

INAUGURAL?

OH, I FORGOT, THAT WAS JUST ME."

(LAUGHTER)

TELL ME ABOUT "THE GOAT RODEO

SESSIONS."

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THIS

MUSIC?

>> IT'S GENRE-PROOF.

>> Stephen: AS AN AMERICAN, I

HAVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO

PIGEON HOLE YOU.

(LAUGHTER)

>> EXACTLY.

THIS IS TOTALLY AMERICAN.

>> Stephen: IT'S TOTALLY

AMERICAN?

>> YES, TOTALLY.

>> Stephen: SO IT'S... HOW...

WHAT?

SO IT'S WHAT?

IT'S BELCHING THE NATIONAL

ANTHEM?

WHAT IS... WHAT'S TOTALLY

AMERICAN MEAN TO YOU, YO-YO?

>> WELL, LET'S SEE, WHAT'S

TOTALLYERN?

IT HAS BLUEGRASS ELEMENTS IN IT,

CELTIC ELEMENTS IN IT, BLUEGRASS

BEING ROOT MUSIC AND FROM

APPALACHIA, FROM DIXIE LAND,

FROM THE BLUES, IN FACT.

SO... AND OF COURSE WE NEEDED

SOME GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION SO

THEY HAVE HIRED ME...

(LAUGHTER)

TO KIND OF FILL THE ROLE OF, YOU

KNOW, THE CELLO ROLE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: THEY SAY IF IT AIN'T

GOT THAT CELLO IT DON'T THAT

MELLOW.

(LAUGHTER)

THAT'S IT, RIGHT?

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

YO-YO, YOU'VE DONE SOME MANY

GENRES, CROSSED OVER INTO SO

MANY GENRES.

WHAT'S NEXT?

THRASH METAL?

FOLK SUNK IN TRIP HOUSE?

CHILL WAVE?

>> SHREDDING.

>> Stephen: SHREDING?

HOW WOULD ONE SHRED ON A CELLO?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

THIS IS THAT'S AN EXPLORATION.

I THINK WE'RE ALL JOINED

TOGETHER TO TRY TO GO TO DO TWO

THINGS, WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING

VERY WELL BUT WE ALSO WANT TO

TAKE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF RISK TO

GO TO THE EDGE WHERE YOU SEE A

BETTER VIEW.

AND SHREDDING MIGHT BE THE NEXT

THING.

I DON'T KNOW.

IT DEPENDS ON WHAT MY FRIENDS

WANT TO DO AND WHAT THEY SHOW ME

BECAUSE I KEEP LEARNING WHEN MY

FRIENDS TEACH ME NEW THINGS.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU GUYS READY

TO ALL TEACH US SOMETHING RIGHT

NOW

>> SHRED AWAY.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: WELL, LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, YO-YO MA, STEWART

DUNCAN, EDGAR MEYER AND CHRIS.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK FROM "THE

GOAT RODEO SESSIONS."

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.