Tucson Jazz Festival: Bobby McFerrin
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 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 the stage with trusted members of his groundbreaking a cappella group Voicestra: Rhiannon, Joey Blake, David Worm, and Judi Vinar. 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 sometimes by the whole crowd. “I want to bring audiences into the incredible feeling of freedom that I get when I sing,” says Bobby. “I want everyone to leave the theatre and sing in their own kitchens the next morning.” A cappella singers, beatboxers, and vocalists of all genres claim Bobby 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. Ten Grammy Awards and his #1 global hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” are impressive but, “Bobby McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants,” says the Los Angeles Times, “transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space.” Join the circle and sing along.