In this video, cellist Yo-Yo Ma speaks to  Zane Lowe over a cup of coffee in New York for Lowe’s  Apple Music 1 radio show, covering topics including classical music transcending genres, his admiration for Barbra Streisand, moving to the US as an immigrant, as well as how music can unite people through the hardest of times.

The conversation comes as Apple Music Classical recently launched in Japan, South Korea, and China. Ma explains the importance of spaces such as Apple Music Classical existing to continue passing down the gift of music from generation to generation.

Summing up his thoughts on the existence of music, Ma says, ’Music is just three things. It’s energy because it’s sound moves air molecules. And the air molecules hit your eardrum. And then your brain interprets what it is, right? So it’s sound, it’s energy, and it’s time. And music toys with time through that of regular and irregular. When you get irregular patterns, you’re toying with someone’s sense of time, right, and space. It takes you to a different consciousness level, state of mind.’

Photo credit: The Zane Lowe Show on Apple Music 1

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