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Yo-Yo Ma, A Life Led With Bach

If the celebrated cellist could soundtrack his life, the music would be J.S. Bach's six Cello Suites. Yo-Yo Ma explains why they mean the world to him while he played the music at the NPR offices.

Yo-Yo Ma, A Life Led With Bach

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Yo-Yo Ma performs a Tiny Desk Concert on June 25, 2018 (Samantha Clark/NPR). Samantha Clark/NPR hide caption

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Yo-Yo Ma

Watch the 19-time Grammy winner return to his lifelong passion for J.S. Bach, playing music from the Cello Suites and offering advice on the art of incremental learning.

Erykah Badu performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Aug. 6, 2018 (Morgan Noelle Smith/NPR). Morgan Noelle Smith/NPR hide caption

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Erykah Badu

The singer's performance at the Tiny Desk was an almost spiritual experience, leaving many at the NPR Music offices in awe.

Tower of Power performs a Tiny Desk Concert on June 26, 2018 (Samantha Clark/NPR). Samantha Clark/NPR hide caption

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Tower Of Power

Even from its beginnings in late-'60s Oakland, the band has always stood out. Fifty years later, its devotion to classic horn-driven soul remains unmatched, its passion and precision unchanged.

DAWN performs a Tiny Desk Concert on May 16, 2018 (Eslah Attar/NPR). Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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DAWN

DAWN has a breathless enthusiasm for shape-shifting pop music. She strips three songs to just the essentials, illuminating the impeccable songwriting behind her wild combination of sounds.

Mac Miller performs a Tiny Desk Concert on August 1, 2018. Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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Mac Miller

Mac Miller reflects on his journey's peaks and valleys in a boisterous set of songs from Swimming, featuring special guest Thundercat on "What's the Use?"

Haley Heynderickx performs a Tiny Desk Concert on July 2, 2018 (Eric Lee/NPR). Eric Lee/NPR hide caption

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Haley Heynderickx

One of our favorite new artists of 2018 visits the Tiny Desk.

Del McCoury performs a Tiny Desk Concert on July 11, 2018 (Samantha Clark/NPR). Samantha Clark/NPR hide caption

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The Del McCoury Band

Del McCoury has been performing, and updating, his take on bluegrass for some 60 years. At the Tiny Desk, he brought three traveling songs and some good yarns to share from his ample time on the road.

Flasher performs a Tiny Desk Concert on July 9, 2018 (Eslah Attar/NPR). Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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Flasher

The precise serrations of Washington, D.C. band Flasher get softened for a visit to the Tiny Desk — their vocals, normally side-by-side rushing electric instruments, get the center stage treatment.

Lalah Hathaway performs a Tiny Desk Concert on June 12, 2018. Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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Lalah Hathaway

The veteran singer showcases her soaring powerfully expressive voice in a performance that bridges several generations of classic soul.