Songs Of Joy & Peace

Songs Of Joy & Peace

by Yo-Yo MaYo-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: 4446


  1. Dona nobis pacem
  2. You Couldn't Be Cuter, song (from the film "The Joy of Living")
  3. Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  4. Here Comes the Sun
  5. Improvisation on "Dona nobis pacem", for acoustic bass & mandolin
  6. The Wassail Song / All Through the Night, medley for cello, acoustic bass &
  7. A Christmas Jig / Mouth of the Tobique Reel, medley for fiddle, cello, Ce
  8. The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Caro
  9. Panxoliña, Galician carol
  10. Improvisation on "Dona nobis pacem", for 2 guitars
  11. Vassourinhas, for guitar (arrangement after Matias da Rocha)
  12. Improvisation on "Dona nobis pacem", for clarinet & piano
  13. Invitación al Danzón, for cello, clarinet & piano
  14. My One and Only Love, song
  15. Familia, song
  16. Concordia, for ensemble
  17. My Favorite Things, song (from "The Sound of Music")
  18. Touch the Hand of Love, song
  19. Kuai Le, for ensemble
  20. This Little Light of Mine, spiritual
  21. Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
  22. Dona nobis pacem / Auld Lang Syne, medley for trumpet & cello

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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