Waltons World Masters - Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland

Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland (2013)

A celebration of the musical and cultural diversity of modern Ireland,
and the magic that happens when artists meet and interact.

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'I attended the Waltons World Masters concert by Bobby McFerrin in the Concert Hall last evening (Wednesday) and just wanted to thank Waltons for allowing such a unique and wonderful night of music to happen. By any standards this was a most extraordinary and special musical event that it was a privilege to experience. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Waltons for the amazing artists and music that you have brought to Dublin under the World Masters series and which we would never have heard here had it not been for the passion of Waltons for music generally. Combining Bobby McFerrin with a group of traditional Irish musicians was another example of the vision of Waltons in supporting courageous music making beyond commercial considerations and last night's concert proved how rewarding that can be. Thanks again and keep up the great work – we need it more than ever these days.'
– Derek Cunningham

'Dear Magical Mr McFerrin,
   We four 70+ year-olds who have just spent 2 über joyous evenings in your presence while it poured rain incessantly outside (this being Ireland) want to thank you from the bottom of our still madly joyful hearts. You encouraged the musicians to ‘play’ with music, and your whole captivated audience took that on board for sure. And it reminded us of the wisdom of the saying., ‘It's never too late to have a happy childhood.’ We were returned to our 4-year-old selves and the spontaneous joy of letting music surge through our bodies and flow out in musical noises. You are lucky enough never to have left that childhood place, and you led us back there like the Pied Piper.
   No doubt you have seen the allusion to T.S. Eliot's Mr. Mistoffelees in our address to you – of whom it is written,  he ‘can perform many feats of magic that no other cat can do’, and ‘the magical cat restores the light’ and is among the liveliest and most winsome of all Eliot's felines. Maybe it was the stage backdrop of night and stars that brought the comparison to mind, but it was also the spirit/Spirit as the energy that moves the Universe into which you connected us – and which continues to brighten our lives.
   We hope that the joy and delight that you spread across the world comes home to nurture you a thousandfold.'

– Ann, Jo, Celine, and 'our gang'

Performance Information
Bobby Mcferrin
Bobby Meets Ireland
Bobby Collaborative Improvisations (selected YouTube videos)
See the Concert Poster

To celebrate the tenth anniversary year of the Waltons World Masters series, we were delighted to welcome Bobby McFerrin back to Ireland and the World Masters series for a very special two-day event – Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland. Each evening’s performance was a unique collaboration between Bobby and a small, select group of Irish performers – chosen to represent the creativity, tradition and spirit of Ireland and selected through an Ireland-wide video audition process. These performers had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improvise and perform ‘in the moment’ at the National Concert Hall with Bobby McFerrin, arguably the greatest vocal innovator and improviser of our time.

See Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland - Performers for brief biographies
of performers selected for Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland.

Bobby McFerrin

Performance Information

When Wednesday & Thursday, 6 & 7 March 2013, 8 pm
Where National Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Presented by Waltons New School of Music
Supported by RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday Independent, Dublin Conrad Hotel

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Bobby McFerrin

'Mr. McFerrin is a musical phenomenon... Simply listen and be moved.'
– New York Times

'Bobby McFerrin's greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants and transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space.'
– Los Angeles Times

'Aboriginal songlines, Gregorian chant, choral excavations and jazz and blues inventions: Bobby McFerrin trades in soul food. To suggest that he’s uncategorisable is to merely hint at his eclecticism. Truth is, McFerrin’s an artist whose blinding originality has set him on a course that has no maps but is awash with possibilities lurking in every curve of the road.'
– Irish Times

Ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin is known for music-making that transcends the boundaries of language, culture and genre. He has inspired audiences around the world with his legendary solo vocal concerts and collaborations with artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma and the Vienna Philharmonic to Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Chick Corea and Taj Mahal. Those who attended Bobby’s previous World Masters solo performances here (in 2005 and 2008) know that what Bobby does is not an act, it's spontaneous invention, and each concert is a thrilling and unique event.

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Bobby Meets Ireland

Bobby Meets Ireland celebrated the musical and cultural diversity of modern Ireland, and the magic that happens when artists meet and interact. Each day Bobby's creative team - including the renowned director/choreographer Tandy Beal - worked with our selected performers to create structures for improvisation and an atmosphere that invites the unexpected for the performance that evening, and each performance was a one-of-a-kind event

See Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland - Performers for more information.

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Bobby Collaborative Improvisations (selected YouTube videos)

See our YouTube channel playlist for more videos.

With Richard Bona

With dancer Merlin Nyakam

With an audience


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