For decades Bobby McFerrin has broken all the rules. The 10-time Grammy winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world’s finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory and inspiring a whole new generation of a cappella singers and the beatbox movement.
It’s been the quietest and most polite of revolutions. Bobby McFerrin was always an unlikely pop star. He created a lasting ear-worm of a #1 hit early in his career with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. Then he calmly went back to pursuing his own iconoclastic musical journey, improvising on national television, singing melodies without words.
Bobby’s history as an instrumentalist and bandleader is key to understanding his innovative approach to mapping harmony and rhythm (as well as melody) with his voice. “I can’t sing everything at once,” he says, “but I can hint at it so the audience hears even what I don’t sing. I try to sing the way I sing in my kitchen, because I just can’t help myself. I want audiences to leave the theatre and sing in their own kitchens the next morning. I want to bring audiences into the incredible feeling of joy and freedom I get when I sing.”
Bobby McFerrin has always had a mission to bring joy to audiences with spontaneous improvisation, humor, and surprise. The "Bobby Meets . . " series, based on his love of meeting new collaborators all over the world and letting the audience witness the process of mutual discovery, features local musicians and dancers. Come prepared to sing!”