Legendary actor and all-around legend Bill Murray has announced he will release his debut album, New Worlds, this September via Decca Gold. The record will be a collaboration with cellist Jan Vogler.
Murray met Vogler on a flight from Berlin to New York, when the idea for the collaboration was born. New Worlds features Murray singing tunes from Gershwin, Stephen Foster and West Side Story and reading excerpts from Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain and more. Other musicians featured on the album are violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez.
The New Worlds crew also has a few live performances set, as they will debut the album this Sunday, June 4, at Dresden Music Festival, to be followed by appearances in Napa on July 20 and New York City’s Carnegie Hall on October 16. An extended world tour is expected for the fall and into next year.
See the New Worlds tracklist below.
New Worlds Tracklist
(not in track order)
Johann Sebastian Bach — “Prelude” from “Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007″
Walt Whitman From “Song of the Open Road” and “Song of Myself”
Stephen Foster “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair”
Ernest Hemingway “With Pascin at the Dome” from A Moveable Feast
Astor Piazzola — “La Muerte del Angel”
George Gershwin “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from Porgy & Bess
Astor Piazzolla — “Oblivion”
James Fenimore Cooper from The Deerslayer
Maurice Ravel “Blues” from “Sonata for violin and piano No. 2″
James Thurber — “If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox” from Writings And Drawings (The Library of America)
Henry Mancini Arr. Grafe 5 “Moon River”
Mark Twain from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (excerpt)
Leonard Bernstein Arr. Stephen Buck “Somewhere,” “I Feel Pretty” and “America” from West Side Story