Events - Friday, 26 April 2013

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 26 April 2013 - 8:00 PM
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McFerrin will always be the guy who sang Don’t Worry, Be Happy, but his “greatest gift to audiences may be transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space,” reported The LA Times. With his new project, spirityouall, McFerrin pays homage to his father (the opera singer Robert McFerrin, Sr.) and the generations of Americans who sang of our shared joy and pain through the songs commonly known as the Negro Spirituals.

The program spirityouall features beloved familiar tunes like He's Got the Whole World In His Hands and Every Time I Feel The Spirit alongside original songs which explore McFerrin’s everyday search for grace, wisdom, and freedom. The new material ranges from a celebratory hoedown (Rest) to a polemic anthem (Woe), to a down and dirty blues setting of Psalm 25:15. This project embraces McFerrin’s folk, rock, and blues influences without abandoning his fearless improvisational approach or his never-ending exploration of the human voice. He moves seamlessly between lyrics and wordless lines, trading phrases with his band of five instrumentalists, inviting the audience to sing along. The spirityouall album will be released May 14, 2013, on Sony Masterworks, and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

Never a conventional artist, Bobby McFerrin was exposed to a multitude of musical genres during his youth--classical, R&B, jazz, pop and world musics--and all of them have since been absorbed and assimilated into his own unpremeditated art. “When you grow up with that hodgepodge of music, it just comes out. It was like growing up in a multilingual house,” he says. McFerrin spent his earliest days as a professional musician in jazz and cabaret bands, and it wasn’t until age 27 that he experienced what he calls his “light bulb moment” and realized that his true calling was singing.

McFerrin refuses to fit neatly into any musical category and continues to explore the musical universe. “There is something almost superhuman about the range and technique of Bobby McFerrin,” says Newsweek. “He sounds, by turns, like a blackbird, a Martian, an operatic soprano, a small child, and a bebop trumpet.” Despite the undeniable uniqueness of his gift, McFerrin’s music is always accessible and inviting.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Spiritual: Everytime
Artist: Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
Spiritual: Swing Low
Artist: Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
Spiritual: Joshua
Artist: Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
Traditional: Fix me, Jesus
Artist: Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
McFerrin: Woe
Artist: Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
Dylan: I Shall Be Released
Artist: Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
Traditional: Whole World
Artist: Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
McFerrin: Gracious
Artist: Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
McFerrin: 25:15
Artist: Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
Spiritual: Wade
Artist: Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
Spiritual: Glory
Artist: Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
McFerrin: Jesus Makes It Good
Artist: Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
McFerrin: Rest/Yes Indeed
Artists: Bobby McFerrin (Voice); David Mansfield (Guitar, Mandolin, Violin); Jeff Carney (Acoustic Bass Guitar); Louis Cato (Drums, Ukulele); Gil Goldstein (Accordion, Electric Piano, Piano); Armand Hirsch (Acoustic Bass Guitar)
Arranger: Gil Goldstein
Program may include the songs listed above. Final order of the program will be announced from the stage.
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