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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends Present New Worlds, To Be Released September 2017

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World Premiere June 4 in Dresden, Germany / U.S. Premiere July 20 at Festival Napa Valley, CA

World Tour Kicks Off Fall 2017, Includes October 13 at Toronto's Koerner Hall

01 JUNE 2017 (Toronto, ON) -- Through a chance meeting on a flight from Berlin to New York, actor Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler became fast friends, curious about each others’ artistic worlds and interests.  The result of their collaboration is New Worlds, an unexpected and enchanting exploration of the intersection of music and literature. Both the recording and live events feature songs paired with literary readings brought to life with classical music.

The ensemble performing New Worlds consists of Bill Murray (vocals and narration), Jan Vogler (cello), Mira Wang (violin) and Vanessa Perez (piano) – four musicians whose origins span four different continents.  Bill Murray comments, “I am bathing in this experience, really. I can’t get enough of it.”

New Worlds will have its world premiere on June 4 at the Dresden Music Festival, Germany, with its U.S. premiere to follow on July 20 at the Festival Napa Valley, California.  The U.S. fall tour will culminate with a performance at New York City's Carnegie Hall on October 16, following a Canadian performance at Toronto's Koerner Hall on October 13. More dates to be announced.

A world tour is confirmed for the fall and into 2018 and the recording will be released this September on Decca Gold (the new U.S. classical imprint of Universal Music Group) via Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company. New Worlds marks Mr. Murray’s first official complete recorded album on a classical music label.

In a recent New York Times story following the final recording session, the project was put into focus: "Mr. Murray described the idea as ‘the collision of America and Europe,’ in part reflected in the backgrounds of each of the four members of his new group.  ‘We are from four different continents,’ he said.  ‘And when the continents come together, the music moves right across the peninsulas from one to the other. It’s just a short journey from one continent to the other.”

New Worlds showcases American values in literature and music, and the bridges artists have built between America and Europe. Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Bach, Piazzolla, Mancini, Gershwin and Foster are some of the writers and composers represented on New Worldsmasters whose distinct voices have influenced generations in America and beyond. Jan Vogler says, “I grew up with Mark Twain, and we had the complete Hemingway at home, of course in German translation.”

This endeavour between great music and great literature brings together an unexpected collective of creative forces, each at the top of their fields. Jan Vogler’s distinguished career has pushed the boundaries of classical music. He is known for his strong curatorial approach to his music making, combining history, classical tradition and a contemporary style of performance. Bill Murray, in his own right, has forged the most independent career in Hollywood, weaving comedy and depth into some of the most memorable roles in cinema.

New Worlds Tracklisting (unsequenced)

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


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’

Leonard Bernstein

Arr. Stephen Buck

‘Somewhere’, ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘America’ from ‘West Side Story’