“There are passages that sound extremely classical; there are passages that sound extremely jazz- rooted, and then there are the hybrid passages that are so exciting because what happens when you layer all of that music together?,” says Matt Wolf, The Kimmel Center’s Vice President of Programming,
McFerrin performs with a 5-piece ensemble but is known for using his own voice as another instrument.
Wolf says that’s one of the great things about being a vocalist, “you’re not limited by an instrument and you can experiment in any way that that your voice will allow you to go.”
The album includes beloved family tunes like “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and also original songs. His daughter, Madison, joins him as a special guest on vocals.
“They are spirituals but I think the important thing is it is still Bobby McFerrin,” says Wolf, “it’s just a more personal approach to the way he handles the material and the way that he guides you through the experience. And because it’s such a deeply personal work for him, it opens up such an access to the artist.
Bobby McFerrin performs at the Kimmel Center, next Sunday evening, November 10th at 7:30.
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