The Michigan Daily
'Monday, December 5, 1988
Yo-yo Ma's magic
Cellist to claim crowd with a bow
BY NABEEL ZUBERI
A musical occasion when one feels
truly benevolent toward the whole
absurd human race is rare indeed, but
it happened one night when I
witnessed Was (Not Was) performing
live. On their spring/-summer stints
in London this year, the band was the
funkiest thing in the Western
Not a moment too soon, too, for
4fter exploding onto the dancefloor
with witty groove classics "Wheel
e Out" and "Out Come the Freaks"
ack in the early '80s, the Was
1rothers and cohorts followed up
with some patchy vinyl output. But
with the release of the What Up,
og? album, they are back on top
The two hits from the album,
"Walk the Dinosaur" and "Spy in the
IIouse of Love," showcase the vocal
talents of Sir Harry Bowenswand
Sweet Pea Atkinson. These two are
soul singers in the classic mold;
gowens can manipulate a phrase in
true gutbucket soul fashion, playing
up to the audience with a certain
mischief, and beside him, Sweet Pea
Atkinson is the sharp, sussed soul
man whose voice sometimes hints at
the majesty of uptempo Wilson
And behind these two vocal foils,
the band is tight as a drum, but loose
eniough to make you feel they're
having a party. Live, all these high-
pdigree musicians exhibit some of
their flourishes. There are heavy
metal guitar riffs, jazzy under-
currents, solid J.B. funk grooves and
( whole lot more that goes into Was
(Not Was)'s musical potpourri.
BY DAVID E. SCHEFFLER
TONIGHT, a crowd will wait under
extinguished lights for the pas-
sionate Yo-yo Ma and his cello.
With a sweeping strike of his bow,
he will begin once again another
seductive persuasion of the willing
wood in his hands, filling the
auditorium and his cello with Bach's
"Sonata No. 2 in D major" and
Schubert's "Arpeggione Sonata in A
minor." After an unfortunate inter-
mission, he will deliver the "Violin-
Cello Duo," a recent work written
by they American composer Leon
Kirchner, then conclude with the
careful two-note splashes of Brahm's
"Sonata in D minor, Op.108."
And, in a rosin dust cloud of
intrigue, Yo-yo Ma will leave Ann
Arbor for another year.
Yo-yo Ma was born in Paris, in
1955, of Chinese parents. His father
introduced him to the timbral instru-
ment at the impressionable age of
four; he performed in public for the
first time at age five. He studied
with Janos Schulz, and began
extended studies with Leonard Rose
at Juilliard School.
Ever since he has been
shamelessly devoted to expressing
vast areas of chamber music liter-
ature. Yo-yo Ma resonated his
strings in a quartet on an album of
Schubert's Quartets, and has
collaborated with Emanuel Ax with
precipitate recordings of the com-
plete Brahms and Beethoven cello
sonatas. In each of the last four
years, Yo-yo Ma has collected a
Grammy for his mellifluous
recordings. Yo-yo Ma also teaches
many master classes in cello. He
presently serves on the Mas-
achusetts Council of Arts and
Humanities and is the Honorary
Artist Chairman of Young Audi-
ences for 1987.
Yo-yo Ma resides in Winchester,
Massachusetts, with his wife Jill,
son Nicholas, daughter Emily, and
There are heavy metal guitar riffs, jazzy undercurrents,
solid J.B. funk grooves and a whole lot more that goes
into Was (Not Was)'s musical potpourri.
Sometimes all these disparate
elements don't quite gel - like
Prince, Was (Not Was) are a little
too eclectic at times - but for the
most part the music is exciting in its
inventiveness and wit.
Humor is what makes the band
particularly special. David Was is
one of the few R&B writers whose
lyrics match the excellence of the
rhythms. He shines a light on the
absurd cartoon nature of America;
"Out Come the Freaks," a theme
song of sorts, and one which they
continually elaborate, sums up the
ironic, yet affectionate Was world
view - basically, "what fools these
Was (Not Was) reaffirm Detroit's
position in the encyclopedia of
rhythm and blues. As spiritual
descendants of the Tamla Motown
rhythm section, their verve and exu-
berance should be the perfect panacea
for those late semester blues. Let the
music use you tonight!
WAS (NOT WAS) will play at the
Nectarine Ballroom at 10p.m. sharp.
Tickets are $12.50. Come out with
the rest of thefreaks.
The premier cellist
of the world, Yo-yo Ma returns for his
in Ann Arbor tonight at Hill.
CHEAP* Oneway to BOSTON for X-mas.
Dec. 23. Call 663-8037 or 764-6654.
DET.-BUFFALO Dec. 19 evening
$75 or best offer. Call Amy 662-9245.
ObET.-N.Y. DEC. 18-29. $168. 769-6471.
Fares have increased since purchased.
DET.-NEWARK Dec, 21-27. $158. Call
DET.-W. PALM BEACH. Round trip ticket.
Leave 12/21, rtn. 1/4. $200. 763-8891.
FOR SALE: Plane ticket from New York to
Detroit on Dec. 27 Price neg. Call David
GO TO FLORIDA FOR XMAS break.
Round trip plane ticket Dec. 21 to Jan. 4.
Best offer. AIIMike at 769-5955.
HAVE a late final? I'm looking to sell a
ticket (Det-NY) on 22nd or trade for one on
12/19 or 12/20. Call 764-3838.
NYC-LAGUARDIA to Detroit on North-
west. Jan. 4, Call Meg 747-9024, $75.
ONE ROUND TRIP air ticket to W. Palm
Beach, Fl. Leave Detroit 12/17, retum 12/31.
$200. Call Arlene at 994-3800 or 994-6382.
PLANE TICKETS--Round trip: Detroit to
Miami. Leave 12/21, return 1/9. 2 tkts., $260
ea./best offer. Susan 663-8246.
PLANE TICKETS-Det Metro to Nwk NJ
12/21Nwk NJ to Det Metro 1/4 Call 663-
ROUND TRIP TICKET to Philly for X-mas
break. Call John at 663-3771.
SELLING 1 way ticket: Detroit to Boston
December 22--a.m. Best offer. Call Leslie
TICKET TO TAMPA FL Depart Dec. 20
return Jan. 4 Cheap! Call Marta 663-8294.
WANTED 2 season basketball tickets be-
tween end lines. Collect 353-3473.
WANTED U-M basketball-Top $$ paid for
BLUE season tickets 763-8247.
WANTED: U-M Basketball tickets. Blue tier
only. Call 668-6282.
EASYGOING female need someone to share
room at TOWER PLAZA/ good location &
recently renovated/$380 mo. Jane 9952887.
EVERYONE'S GRADUATINGI Fun girl
needs roommates for Fall '89. Call 663-9244.
FEMALE ROOMATE to share large modem
2Bdnn. apt. Prkng. 668-4076 eves.
FEMALE ROOMMATE-needed in HER-
ITAGE hOUSE APTS., huge apt., extra se-
curim arkin, laundry great local. Rent
$22 prnth.C l769-283.
FEMALE ROOMMATE for W term. Share
apt. on S. Forest near S. Univ. $190/mo. incl.
util. & laundry. Call Sara 995-5589.
FEMALE roommate for W term. Share spa-
cious loft room, skylight, fireplace, beautiful
house, fun housemates. 665-1220.
FEMALE ROOMMATE NEEDED JAN.-
AUG. Fall lease option. 3 bedroom at huron
Tlowers. $248/mo. + elec. Parking. 662-
FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED for
Winter Term. Share 2 bedroom a . Univer-
sity Towers $270 mo. Call 994-5118.
GREAT ROOMMATES but I'm still study-
ing in Spain. Jan.-May '89 female non-
smoker to share room in 2 bedroom apt.
$218, security & laundry 761-1961.
JAN-MAY '89. Cozy 2 bdrm. apt. avail, on
S. Forest & S. Univ. Security 24 hrs., laun-
dry, 1120 heat study lounge, furnished. Call
MALE UNDERGRAD to sublet large mod-
em apt Convenient to central campus. Marc,
MATURE FEMALE NON-SMOKER to
share cute 2 bedroom apt, on old west side.
Rent incl. Utilities. $275. Phone 761-3015.
OWN ROOM or share for female in cool 2
bdrm. apt. Free Parking, lndry. Heat H20,
A/C, & 2 great rmmts. Rent $225-100 by
room/subletlength Call 668-0569.
ROOMMATE WANTED for wint. '89.
Share large room in fur. house on Catherine.
Parking.Rent $192/+ util. 996-8498.
ROOMMATE WANTED. Non-smoking fe-
male for sgl. bdr. in beautiful apt. 747-9974.
SHARE Bedroom in 2 story apt. Great loca-
tion, very nice. 662-8713.
UNDERGRAD MALE for lBR in 2BR
Victorian apt. on E. William. Orinal
woodwork, fireplace new kitchen & bath &
paint very comfy.Call Paul 995-2599.
WANTED Male student to share 2 bedrm. 2
bath apt. at willowtree N. Campus. Walking
distance full cost 350/mo Call 662-4040 af-
ter 5:00 or 545-6337.
WANTED: Male roommate to share 1 br apt.
for winter term. U Towers. Smoker ok.
$295/mo. Call Tom 665-0050.
FEMALE roommate needed for Jan. '89.
Great location. Share onebedroom apt. $255
per mo. neg. Call anytime 761-4571.
his two cellos: a Montagnana crafted
in Venice in 1733, and a priceless
and rare Stradivarius from 1717.
Yo-yo Ma will have two
accomplices with him tonight. Kath-
ryn Stott will accompany Yo-yo on
the piano. She was born in
Lancashire, England, in 1958,
studied at the Yehudi Menuhin
School, and eventually played her
way to London's Royal College of
Music. Her solo career commenced
when she won a prize at the Leeds
International Competition in 1978.
Her agile fingers have flourished the
London Symphony Orchestra. Scott
will launch a nationwide recital tour
of Britain in 1990. Her musical
partnering with Yo-yo Ma began in
1985 and has entertained ears in
London and much of Europe.
Lynn Chang of Harvard Uni-
versity will provide the evening's
violin spice. Found often with Yo-
yo in chamber music performances,
Lynn also performs frequently at the
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln
HOUSE OF WINGS
Center. He has also been discovered
at the Boston Pops Orchestra, the
Buffalo Philharmonic, the Beijing
Symphony, and the Hong Kong
YO-YO MA performs tonight at 8
p.m. at hill Auditorium. A few
tickets, ranging from $10 to $28,
still remain and are available at the
University Music Society's Bell
Tower Box Office.
DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
LONG DISTANCE SERVICE .
Interested in learning about calling
plans and special products that may
save you money?
Contact Karen Brown, your AT&T
Student Campus Manager here at
University Of Michigan.
CALL: 747-9581 between 10:00am -
"2:00 npon M-W-F.
4:00pm - 6:00pm Tues-Thurs.
SINGLE ROOM in COED house avail. Jan-
Apr. Parking, laundry. Call 995-1685.
*FEMALE ROOMMATE* for W '89.
GREAT LOCATION! Share 2 bedroom at
with fun people. Rent neg. Call 930-012
Arts & Programming
December, Monday 5th - Friday 9th
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Michigan Union Ground Floor Mall
100% Wool Sweaters
k' i'HfId'y RESTAURANT
24 YEARS EXPERIENCE"
- CHEF JAN
TOP GOLD MEDAL WINNER
JUDGES SPECIAL AWARD
SPONSORED BY MICHIGAN RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
MICHIGAN CHEFS DE CUISINE ASSOCIATION
BEST CHEF AWARD WINNER
IN WASHINGTON D.C.
nKIII n . fA 00V I- E-Enf'.-=
Are you interested in what goes on
behind the scenes in a big show?
You're in luck! We're looking for
backstage support staff, costume
and props handlers.
If you think you're in the least bit
interested, give us a call at 763-1107
or stop by our office in room 2105