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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

Transient Goat Rodeo

Sunday, June 04, 2017

For those of you still not familiar with the term "Goat Rodeo" just picture a situation that escalates into an especially chaotic situation.

In aviation and other high-risk situations, it’s about the most polite term used to describe a scenario that requires about 100 things to go right at once—if anyone intends to walk away from it.

In music, when inexperienced members of a band transcend to the unconscious knowing state of musicianship it can appear to sound like a goat rodeo, but when the entire band has paid their 10,000 hours instrument expertise dues, the outcome has the best chance of become a stunningly secure experience.

Today Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities features an NPR Tiny Desk Concert featuring the genre-bending cellist Yo Yo Ma and a dream team of string players: Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan—who borrow from bluegrass, while performing three songs from their album titled The Goat Rodeo Session. 

We hope you enjoy!

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff