Friday, April 6, 2018, 8pm
The Music Center
$45 - $85
A cappella singers, beatboxers, and vocalists of all genres claim McFerrin as an inspiration. The jazz and classical worlds celebrate his innovative technique and spirit. His solo performances and collaborations—with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, the Vienna and New York Philharmonic orchestras, and eager volunteers from audiences all over the world—are legendary. Although 10 Grammy Awards and a No. 1 global hit, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” are impressive, “McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants and transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space.” (Los Angeles Times)
- spirityouall embraces McFerrin’s folk, rock, and blues influences without abandoning his fearless improvisational approach. He moves seamlessly between lyrics and wordless lines, trading phrases with his band, inviting the audience to sing along. McFerrin loves to sing this music, and it shows: spirityouall raises the roof with joyful grooves.
- In 1986, McFerrin founded Voicestra, a 12-singer group that allows him to experiment with rich vocal styles and express his musical stream of consciousness. Voicestra was featured on McFerrin’s album Circlesongs, lauded as “soaring, spiritual performances that are exotic and hypnotic” by The Associated Press.
- McFerrin’s performance with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is featured in his “Audiobiography,” which captures his stunning range of vocal styles and the audience experience.
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