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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends

New Worlds

Decca GOLD
Release Date: October 17, 2017

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#1 On The Classical Charts - CBS: Colbert
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1 Camille Saint-Saens - The Swan / Lucille Clifton, blessing the boats  
2 Walt Whitman from 'Song of the Open Road' and 'Song of Myself'  
3 JS Bach Prelude from Suite For Cello Solo No.1 In G Major  
4 Franz Schubert - Andante un poco mosso from Trio No. 1 in B-flat major  
5 George Gershwin 'It Ain't Necessarily So' from Porgy and Bess  
6 Astor Piazzolla 'Muerte del Angel'  
7 Van Morrison 'When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God'  
8 Henry Mancini 'Moon River' / Mark Twain from 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'  
9 Stephen Foster 'Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair'  
10 Maurice Ravel - Blues from Sonata for Violin and Piano / James Thurber  
11 Leonard Bernstein - Somewhere  
12 Leonard Bernstein - I Feel Pretty  
13 Leonard Bernstein - America  
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Through a chance meeting on a flight from Berlin to New York, actor Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler became fast friends, curious about each others' artistic worlds and interests.  The result of their collaboration is New Worlds, an unexpected and enchanting exploration of the intersection of music and literature. Both the recording and live events feature songs paired with literary readings brought to life with classical music. New Worlds is released today on Decca Gold, with multiple tour dates including Chicago, Buffalo, Santa Barbara, and New York City. (Full Itinerary Below)

The ensemble performing on New Worlds consists of Bill Murray (vocals and narration), Jan Vogler (cello), Mira Wang (violin) and Vanessa Perez (piano) – four musicians whose origins span four different continents.  Bill Murray comments, "I am bathing in this experience, really. I can't get enough of it." 

New Worlds had its world premiere on June 4 at the Dresden Music Festival, Germany, followed by the U.S. premiere on July 20 at the Festival Napa Valley, California. Billboard commented, "If only every college English major could have Murray at the lectern, reciting these works with a perfect balance of humor and reverence."  The US fall tour will culminate with a performance at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall on October 16, 2017 (Tickets: 

New Worlds showcases American values in literature and music, and the bridges artists have built between America and Europe. Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Bach, Piazzolla, Mancini, Gershwin and Foster are some of the writers and composers represented on New Worlds – masters whose distinct voices have influenced generations in America and beyond. Jan Vogler says, "I grew up with Mark Twain, and we had the complete Hemingway at home, of course in German translation."

This endeavor between great music and great literature brings together an unexpected collective of creative forces, each at the top of their fields. Jan Vogler's distinguished career has pushed the boundaries of classical music. He is known for his strong curatorial approach to his music making, combining history, classical tradition and a contemporary style of performance. Bill Murray, in his own right, has forged the most independent career in Hollywood, weaving comedy and depth into some of the most memorable roles in cinema. 

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