Yo-Yo Ma and Lil Buck

After our discussions yesterday, which touched on opera, art, museums and dance, I immediately thought of the above video with Yo-Yo Ma and Lil Buck. I love krumping, but not classical music. However, when the two are combined, I’m interested. I feel a connection with Lil Buck’s organic body movements, even though the strings lull me to sleep. I feel a tad uncomfortable about the upper crust setting with the fancy-pants people, an environment in which Lil Buck’s dancing seems out of place, but I am also excited that the appeal of krumping is reaching beyond its borders. It’s a strange yet inspiring mix: Yo-Yo Ma and Lil Buck. And I think Spike Jonze, who presents this video on YouTube, realized how unique and rare this collaboration was and how well people might receive it.

This second video shows Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma visiting Inner-City Arts on Skid Row. I am assuming the two men were on a tour promoting arts education in schools. I like the message in both videos, but the second is less jarring to me, in large part because of the setting and audience.

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