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WQXR's Terrance McKnight Talks to Bobby McFerrin

Friday, November 12, 2010

After all these years, Bobby McFerrin, the man behind the hit, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” is still spreading that same message. WQXR’s Terrance McKnight talks to the 10-time Grammy Award winning vocal artist about his new album VOCAbuLarieS, the weekend’s show at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and why we should all strive to be a little more...happy.

VOCAbuLarieS, the first album McFerrin’s released in eight years, is a collaboration with composer Roger Treece and over 50 singers from around the world. Treece recorded each singer, one at a time, and edited them into a virtual choir of over 1,400 vocal tracks. The diversity of voices was enjoined to invent a new sound that was inspired by McFerrin’s multi-genre style. The album also is infused with R&B, classical and choral music, along with African tribal chants.

On his 2010 VOCAbuLarieS concert tour, McFerrin demonstrates how music can transcend language barriers. He has played to sold out houses in Munich, Prague, Vienna, San Francisco, and London, and at festivals including Schleswig-Holstein, Ravinia, Oregon Bach, and Montreal Jazz. His improvisational and interactive choral pieces even get the audience singing and clapping along. For the New York performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, McFerrin invited a local 40-person choir to perform, which Treece will conduct.

Bobby McFerrin performs at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center on Friday, November 12 and on Saturday, November 13 at 8 P.M. Tickets start at $30.

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Shadeed Ahmad from New York, New York

This is an amended version of my previous comment: The beauty of celestial revelations that make a grandiose connection with the insatiable human need for joyousness and the exotic resound successfully in the music of Mr. Bobby McFerrin.

The cosmic event (not just an interview) that Terrance McKnight with such humility and sophisticated and reverential intellect engaged in with Mr. Bobby McFerrin gave a powerful insight into this musician's unusually transcendent gift of genius.

"VOCAbuLarieS," the new album by Mr. Bobby McFerrin promises to continue to serve his fans (and those being introduced to him) an undying engrossment into the mystery, sweetness and challenging vistas of his profound offerings of music that heal the soul.

I have long been waiting for such an event with Mr. Bobby McFerrin to be provided in the media.

WQXR, Terrance McKnight and Mr. Bobby McFerrin have helped to make a breakthrough in the understanding of the components of spiritually healing music. I thank you all, authentically.

Nov. 13 2010 12:23 PM
Shadeed Ahmad from New York, New York

The beauty of celestial revelations that make a grandiose connection with the insatiable human need for joyousness and the exotic resound successfully in the music of Mr. Bobby McFerrin.

The cosmic event (not just an interview) that Terrance McKnight with such humility and sophisticated and reverential intellect engaged in with Mr. Bobby McFerrin gave a powerful insight into his unusually transcendent gift of genius.

"VOCAbuLaries," the new album by Mr. Bobby McFerrin promises to continue to serve his fans another undying engrossment into the mystery, sweetness and challenging vistas of his profound offerings of music that heal the soul.

I have been waiting so long for such an event with Mr. Bobby McFerrin to be provided in the media.

WQXR, Terrance McKnight and Mr. Bobby McFerrin have helped to make a breakthrough in the understanding of the components of spiritually and healing music. I thank you all, authentically.

Nov. 13 2010 09:20 AM

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