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Yo-Yo Ma bringing Bach to heal political divisions / Quartz

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Celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma is on a crusade to prove that expressing culture is the key to fixing political divisions.The 62-year-old musician believes culture is inseparable from politics, his newest album, Six Evolutions–Bach: Cello Suites, has taken a political tenor. Ma is traveling to 36 cities in six continents and using Johann Sebastian Bach's 18th century masterpiece, he says, as "a force for good." His world tour-hashtag #CultureinAction-is a call to action during a time "when the ties that bind us politically, economically, and socially are fraying," as he put it during a lecture at MIT last April. After each concert, Ma will conduct a "day of action," inviting people in the area to showcase their cultures through food, music, art, science, and conversations.

READ interview with Quartz, as Ma elaborates on why culture is such a vital force today