Bill Murray to join cellist for music and spoken word tour

Posted April 22, 2017

In a world where we could all use a few more pleasant surprises, this latest Billy Murray news is very welcome - and with a tour in the cards, it seems like the hipster sport of "Murray Sporting" can declare an open season. He's accompanied by musical contributions from Vogler's trio, which features Mira Wang on violin and Vanessa Perez on piano, including pieces by Schubert, Bach and Piazzolla. Entitled New Worlds, Murray's debut full-length will surface this August, according to The New York Times. The actor, in typical fashion, outlines his performance style modestly, and abstractly. However, it's clear Murray is taking his role as front man seriously and that he believes in the project, telling the Times, "When they start playing, the demand is so great that if you are attending to who you are right now, it brings out something that you couldn't have visualized or planned for". "You hear all those other voices saying, 'That didn't sound like Tony Bennett, ' or, 'That B flat's not going to break a light bulb.' But they're receding". It turns out that now, in a move that is both unexpected and totally not, Murray is working on New Worlds, a program of classical music that he plans to take on the road (via Vulture).

He said the idea behind it was to explore 'American history and identity'. Murray then invited Vogler to Poets House's annual poetry walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, after which they began developing the classical music project. He and Vogler will also perform at Carnegie Hall in NY in October (17).

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The program will premiere in the USA on July 20 at California's Festival Napa Valley.