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Returning to Minnesota, Bobby McFerrin gives first interview in 4 years / Minneapolis Star Tribune

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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 chair of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

For the interview, the 68-year-old, 10-time Grammy winner phoned 10 minutes early, something that rarely happens in show business. He started answering questions laconically and eventually blossomed. That's sort of what happens in his improvised concerts - except he doesn't commence before the scheduled time. He starts the songs and his singers join in. At the Dakota, he'll be accompanied by a mini-version - just four singers - of his 12-member Voicestra ensemble. 
PHOTO: SCOTT ROTH, INVISION/AP

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