Release Date: April 6, 2010
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VOCAbuLarieS is Bobby McFerrin music for the 21st century. It is unlike anything the 10-time Grammy-winner has ever recorded. An ambitious project several years in the making, it draws from the array of influences that have long contributed to McFerrin's innovative style - classical to world music, R&B to gospel and beyond - and recasts the world-renowned singer in a new framework defined by dense compositional detail, rich textures and complex arrangements. VOCAbuLarieS builds upon McFerrin's past explorations and journeys into expansive territory. The CD will be in stores April 6th on Decca.
Bobby McFerrin on a lifetime of breaking into new musical universes / San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle's Andrew Gilbert writes…..Given his druthers, Bobby McFerrin would not be traveling to Los Angeles this weekend to accept a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. “My wife and kids want me to go, and so does Linda,” he told The Chronicle, referring to Linda Goldstein, his manager since the San Francisco dawn of his career in the early 1980s.It’s not just that the vocal wizard and 10-time...
Watch Ukraine military band play 'Don't Worry Be Happy' in Odessa, Bobby McFerrin shares video / Firstpost.Firstpost writes….As the Russia-Ukraine crisis continues, a video of a Ukrainian military band performing Bobby McFerrin's classic hit song Don't Worry, Be Happy has taken the internet by storm.In this viral video, the band can be seen standing in front of a sandbag barricade near the famous Opera and Ballet Theatre in central Odessa. The video depicts five members of the band, all dressed in military...
Bobby McFerrin reflects on going from the hotel bar to prescribing 'medicine music' / NPR: Jazz Night in AmericaNPR writes….Bobby McFerrin was onto something when he titled his second album The Voice. At the time, in the mid-1980s, it was a sobriquet more readily associated with Frank Sinatra — but in its definitive clarity, loaded with implications, no term could have been better suited to his art. McFerrin made history with that release, a solo-vox tour de force, and later eclipsed his own feat with Simple Pleasure...
NEA set to host virtual '2020 Jazz Masters' concert / The Southern Maryland Chronicle
The National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, will host a special online-only concert in honor of the 2020 NEA Jazz Masters-Dorthaan Kirk (A.B. Spellman Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy), Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell, and Reggie Workman-on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater will emcee this premier event, which...
Meet The NEA's 2020 Jazz Masters: McFerrin, Mitchell, Workman And Kirk / NPR - WBGO
Two eminent avant-garde elders, a chameleonic vocal improviser, and a pioneering community organizer and presenter will make up the 2020 class of NEA Jazz Masters, according to an announcement this morning by the National Endowment for the Arts. The four incoming inductees - saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, bassist Reggie Workman, vocalist Bobby McFerrin, and jazz advocate Dorthaan Kirk - will officially...
Hear vocal renditions of instrumental classics taken to a different level / RollingStone India
Jazz is based on improvisations. An instrumentalist is given musical space to ‘play his piece,' essentially to express his feeling at that time for the tune that is being played. Over its long history, jazz recordings have many examples of inspired improvised solos from different artists on various instruments. Some of these notable solos have been interpreted with lyrics by jazz musicians who have...
Bobby McFerrin brings his happiness tour to Chicago / The Chicago Crusader
LISTENING TO vocal virtuoso and 10-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin sing may be hazardous to your preconceptions. Side effects may include unparalleled joy, a new perspective on creativity, rejection of the predictable, and a sudden, irreversible, urge to lead a more spontaneous existence. McFerrin & Gimme5: Circlesongs comes to City Winery Chicago in four performances over two nights on Frida...
Bobby McFerrin at the Dakota makes Minneapolis Star Tribune 'best concerts of the year'
Look at my lists for best albums and concerts of 2018 and you might conclude that women run the world of pop music. Perhaps. Future-funk high priestess Janelle Monáe, Americana ace Brandi Carlile and veteran song stylist Bettye LaVette all had impressive years. So did rap sensation Cardi B and pop siren Ariana Grande, both of whom dealt with personal ups and downs in song (and were close to ma...
Bobby McFerrin set for The Ridgefield Playhouse / HamletHub
Ten-time Grammy Award winner, Bobby McFerrin will take the stage at The Ridgefield Playhouse Thursday, September 20th with trusted members of his groundbreaking a cappella group Voicestra. They are all masters of the art of play, and together they will lead Circlesongs, choral pieces based on irresistible grooves, spontaneously composed each night and sung by a 12-voice ensemble of local singers - and so...
Bobby McFerrin gives phenomenal performance at Montreal Jazz Festival / Live in Limbo
Bobby McFerrin gave a phenomenal performance during the 39th annual Montréal Jazz Festival at the Maison symphonique de Montréal on July 7, 2018. Along with David Worm, Joey Blake and the Jireh Gospel Choir, McFerrin lead the group using only their symphony of voices. McFerrin, known for his unique vocal techniques such as scat singing and alternating harmonies, was a veteran to th...
Returning to Minnesota, Bobby McFerrin gives first interview in 4 years / Minneapolis Star Tribune
Bobby McFerrin, vocalist extraordinaire, has a philosophy for his all-improvisational concerts: "We enter the stage empty, but we exit full." The same could be said for his interviews. Calling last week from his home in Philadelphia, McFerrin agreed to a chat before his rare four-night stand this week at the Dakota, a return to the Twin Cities, where he lived from 1994-2001 when he served as creative cha...
Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra set for Circlesongs at dakota / MPR
Bobby McFerrin: Circlesongs will take you on a life-changing musical adventure. Bobby's exhilarating vocal vocabulary - call and response, global rhythms, soaring melodies, lush harmonies, funny noises, invented language, silence, prayers, and laughter – reminds us all of how much fun it is to be alive, to lift our voices and communicate with one another, to make a joyful noise. Bobby will take...
Bobby McFerrin set to play Bucharest's Sala Palatului / Romania-Insider
American musician Bobby McFerrin, the winner of ten Grammy awards, will perform at Sala Palatului in Bucharest on May 19. The concert in Romania is part of the Circlesongs tour. Born into a family of opera musicians, Bobby McFerrin is one of the world's most famous solo improvisers, a renowned classical music conductor, the creator of the famous song Don't Worry Be Happy, but also a passionate of mus...
Madison McFerrin, from the WBGO performance studio on; 'The Checkout'
Jazz has a handful of reigning families - the Clayton, Marsalis, and Eubanks clans among them - but until recently you'd be forgiven for overlooking the McFerrins. The emergence of Madison McFerrin, an inspired singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, underscores the talent in this new musical dynasty. McFerrin is the daughter of vocal luminary Bobby McFerrin, and the sister of two talented siblings, the...
Quincy Jones' new qwestTV will offer curated lineup of jazz concerts, documentaries and interviews / RollingStone
Quincy Jones' new subscription video-on-demand platform dedicated entirely to jazz will launch December 15th. Qwest TV will offer a curated lineup of over 100 "concerts, documentaries, interviews and archives of premium jazz and related eclectic music original content." The initial line-up boasts films featuring Aretha Franklin, Anderson .Paak, B.B. King, Robert Glasper, Sun Ra, Bobby McFerrin, ...
Bobby McFerrin sings Vivaldi's Concerto for two cellos / CLASSIC fM
The clue is in the title - Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor was undoubtedly composed for two cellos. However, the innovative vocalist Bobby McFerrin is known for not always doing things by the book. During the Spirits of Music open air festival in the grand Marktplatz in Leipzig, Germany in 2002, Bobby McFerrin sang one of the two cello parts in Vivaldi's Concerto for two cellos in g ...
Bobby McFerrin and son Taylor perform rare concert together at Cal State Northridge / KPCC Radio
Bobby McFerrin has had a long and successful career as a singer of wordless songs. With his trademark vocalizing that provides both rhythm and melody, he's carved out a singular place for himself in jazz and pop music. McFerrin's oldest son, Taylor, is also a musician. He's a keyboardist and producer whose full-length debut album, "Early Riser," was released on the Brainfeeder label. That's the L.A.-base...
WEAA - Radio Baltimore rebroadcasts Bobby McFerrin on NPR's Song Travels
Vocalist Bobby McFerrin is best known for his 1988 hit "Don't Worry Be Happy," which was the first a cappella song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100; it won three Grammy Awards, including Song Of The Year. McFerrin also has five Grammy wins for Best Male Jazz Vocal, and has toured a concert version of George Gershwin's Porgy And Bess. On this episode of Song Travels, McFerrin joins host...
Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea play Jerusalem's Zappa Shuni Amphitheater / Jerusalem Post review
Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea are each masters musicians in their own right. McFerrin, as a vocalist and conductor, is renowned for his extraordinary vocal control and unique technique. He is perhaps best known for his 1988 hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy". Pianist Chick Corea (Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea) is one of the forefathers of the electric jazz fusion movement, and many of his compositions are...
Bobby Mcferrin joins A Capella quartet, Cadence@Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall / LiveinLimbo
Roy Thomson Hall, the home to Toronto Symphony Orchestra, has seen many great legends and talents performing on it's stellar stage. On Saturday, it hosted Bobby Mcferrin, the man whose instrument is his voice and that's all he's ever needed. From his 1988 hit song "Don't worry, Be Happy" to his ten Grammy Awards and collaborations with the likes of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby Mcferri...
Bobby McFerrin coming to Green Music Center / Santa Rosa Press Democrat Q&A
Bobby McFerrin done everything for interpreted Beatles songs, to classical and roots music, to collaborations with performers ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Robin Williams. The son of opera baritone Robert McFerrin, the first African American man to sing with New York's Metropolitan Opera, the younger McFerrin can create so many vocal parts simultaneously that he becomes a one-man band, with no instrument othe...
Bobby McFerrin to thrill Istanbul
10-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin is set to play the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert (CRR) Hall this week, as part of his Spirityouall tour, McFerrin has redefined the role of the human voice. On Spirityouall, released in 2013 on Sony Masterworks, he uses recording field recording sound with African-American rhythms to create this melting pot. of folk tradition. SEE THE Daily Sabah PA...
Bobby McFerrin: Rule Breaker / Today Online
Anybody who has seen or heard Bobby McFerrin's performances - even if it's just from watching a YouTube video - will not forget just how wonderfully comfortable the legendary performer appears to be on stage. Often clad just in jeans and baggy shirts, the 10-time Grammy winner has spent decades wowing audiences with his vocal talent. The 64-year-old, who is best known for his 1988 a cappella hit, Don...
Bobby McFerrin dazzles at Brooklyn College / Examiner.com concert review
On the evening of Nov 1, Bobby McFerrin met a group of extraordinarily talented African musicians a couple of hours before they were due to perform a show together at The Brooklyn Center for The Performing Arts. They spent that time getting to know one another musically in preparation for "Bobby Meets Africa in New York," where these musicians (originally from Mali, Guinea and Benin) would perform an imp...
Bobby McFerrin - Spirityouall / iRock Jazz interview
Every once in a while, an artist comes along who is so phenomenally talented that it almost seems unfair to every other artist. For me, one such person is Bobby McFerrin. I remember listening to "Peace," sung by McFerrin and written by the incomparable Horace Silver, and being moved beyond words by the beauty of the song. And now, some 30 years later, after reading the news about wars, kidnap...
Bobby McFerrin plays TD Toronto Jazz Festival / The Scene review
Bobby McFerrin's set at the 2014 TD Toronto Jazz festival, backed by his daughter and an all star band was nothing short of incredible. The ten time Grammy Award winner held the crowd in awe for the better part of 90 minutes, pulling out one surprise after another. The set started off with a solo piece that had the band slowly coming in, followed by an impromptu Country jam in which McF...
Bobby McFerrin@Winspear / Edmonton Journal review
Bobby McFerrin has been opening up his soul to Edmonton audiences for over 30 years. Tuesday at the Winspear it was apparent that the singer continues to live and breathe music, and that his gift for spontaneous invention still thrives even when he's working in an ensemble groove. Over a 100-minute show that was part jazz concert, part folk revue and part campfire singalong with intermittent bursts o...
Bobby McFerrin & daughter light up stellar TD Jazz Festival opening weekend
If singer Bobby McFerrin wanted to start a cult, he'd have no problem making Vancouver a home base. The buzz among the paying customers Sunday at the Orpheum was palpable before he'd sung a single note, and people screamed their support after every song. The dreadlocked singer, backed by a versatile quintet of musicians, as well as his daughter, Madison McFerrin, on vocals, delivered a two-hour concert a...
Bobby McFerrin's worldess serenade to Mozart on WQXR: All Ears
The term "wordy" most often has a negative connotation. It's true that sometimes words do get in the way. But in music, it's not an all-or-nothing proposition. This week on All Ears, host Terrance McKnight blends the spoken with the unspoken and the old with the not so old, and features a wordless serenade to Mozart by Bobby McFerrin. The show will also play choral music by Da...
Bobby McFerrin - The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon!
Bobby McFerrin wowed The Tonight Show audience last night with a performance of "Drive My Car" from his 1988 Simple Pleasures LP. He took the stage to perform his version of The Beatles‘ classic with a little help from The Roots. McFerrin's performance last night follows the 2013 release of his Spirityouall LP, which finds the legendary vocalist tackling negro spirituals. Bringing his incomparable ...
Bobby McFerrin gets 2014 GRAMMY Nomination for 'spirityouall'
Congratulations to Crossover Media Artist: Bobby McFerrin on his 2014 GRAMMY Nomination for: 'spirityouall' on Sony Masterworks, in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist category. The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, on CBS....
Bobby McFerrin presents: spirityouall' TONIGHT@Davies Symphony Hall
Vocalist Bobby McFerrin presents "spirityouall," TONIGHT!!!, Monday September 23@Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. Bobby McFerrin and his band re-imagine roots music in the American tradition. The vocalist demonstrates grace, wisdom, and freedom in this music while always embracing the never-ending exploration of the human voice and improvisational approach. ...
Bobby McFerrin plays Monterey Jazz Festival TONIGHT!!
For decades Bobby McFerrin has broken all the rules. The 10-time Grammy winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world's finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory, inspiring a whole new generation of a cappella singers and the beatbox movement. His latest album, spirityouall, is a bluesy, feel-good recording, an u...
Bobby McFerrin releases: VOCAbuLarieS
VOCAbuLarieS is Bobby McFerrin music for the 21st century. It is unlike anything the 10-time Grammy-winner has ever recorded. An ambitious project several years in the making, it draws from the array of influences that have long contributed to McFerrin's innovative style - classical to world music, R&B to gospel and beyond - and recasts the world-renowned singer in a new framework ...
SummerStage Presents Bobby McFerrin in Central Park
Tonight's (August 20, 2013) Summerstage performance features Bobby McFerrin (vocals), Gil Goldstein (piano, electric piano, accordion, arranger), David Mansfield (violin, mandolin, national resonator guitar, and lap steel), Armand Hirsch (acoustic and electric guitar), Jeff Carney (acoustic bass), Louis Cato (drums, guitar, bass ukelele, vocals) with special guest vocalist, Madison McFerrin...
Bobby McFerrin conducts La Scala's philharmonic orchestra for MusicEmotion: Sunday, August 11@Chicago's Music Box Theatre
Ten-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin conducts La Scala's philharmonic orchestra in an eclectic MusicEmotion concert on Sunday, August 11, 11:30 a.m. at Chicago's Music Box Theatre. MusicEmotion transports audiences to the glorious Teatro Alla Scala in Milan for an Old World musical experience in high definition. Each program captures the nuances of the Filarmoni...
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