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Bobby McFerrin

(2012/2013 Performing Arts)

Event Sponsors: Marilyn & Dick Mazess

Santa Barbara Premiere

“There is something almost superhuman about the range and technique of Bobby McFerrin. He sounds, by turns, like a blackbird, a Martian, an operatic soprano, a small child, and a bebop trumpet.” Newsweek

A matchless vocal improviser with breathtaking vocal range, 10-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin returns with his latest project, spirityouall, influenced by the spirituals his father (opera singer Robert McFerrin, Sr.) sang. Expect deep soulfulness, poignancy, beauty and pure fun in an exhilarating program celebrating the transcendence of the American spirit. The extraordinary musical legend, accompanied by his five-piece band and backup vocalists, performs joyful new takes on familiar songs. “Music for me is like a spiritual journey down into the depths of my soul,” says McFerrin. “And I like to think we’re all on a journey into our souls. What’s down there? That’s why I do what I do.”

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