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Thanks to a fortuitous "goat rodeo," Sony Masterworks is releasing The Goat Rodeo Sessions, a landmark album project by four of the great instrumentalists in music today. The album uniquely showcases cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Edgar Meyer, mandolinist Chris Thile and fiddler Stuart Duncan. While each musician is a renowned superstar in his own music sphere, they have come together now as a unified ensemble on a most remarkable and organic cross-genre project stemming from their friendship, and the title concept.

A goat rodeo, according to Urban Dictionary, is about the most polite term used by aviation people (and others in higher risk situations) to describe a scenario that requires about 100 things to go right at once if you intend to walk away from it.

While everyone personalized their own definition of "goat rodeo" Yo-Yo Ma sums it up: "In the end, what we're trying to do is simply make music that transcends whatever roots or categories or backgrounds that it starts from--that just exists as something that we're trying to express, through our community of values, as a moment in time creating very special music." Ma adds, "The mix of four people together could really be dicey. But you're building trust in a fabulous way through actually having lots of fun, and also supporting each other. To me, that's the goat rodeo."

The end result is music that is indefinable, exciting and eclectic.