Bobby McFerrin is one of the natural wonders of the music world. A ten-time Grammy Award winner, he is one of the world's best-known vocal innovators and improvisers; a world-renowned conductor of classical music; the composer of "Don't Worry Be Happy," one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century; and a passionate spokesman for music education. His recordings have sold over 20 million copies, and his collaborations with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea, the Vienna Philharmonic, and Herbie Hancock have established him as an ambassador of both the classical and jazz worlds.
With a four-octave range and a vast array of vocal techniques, Mr. McFerrin is no mere singer; he is music's last true Renaissance man, a vocal explorer who has combined jazz, folk, and a multitude of world music influences-choral, a cappella, and classical music-with his own ingredients. As a conductor, he is able to convey his innate musicality in an entirely different context. He has worked with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic.
"Unconventional" is a good way to describe Mr. McFerrin's career. Those familiar with his performances, whether as conductor or vocalist, know that each event resonates with the unexpected. He is that rare artist who has the ability to reach beyond musical genres and stereotypes for a sound that is entirely his own. As one of the foremost guardians of music's rich heritage, he remains at the vanguard with his natural, beautiful, and timeless music, transcending borders and embracing all cultures.
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Vocalists in traditional and nontraditional singing styles will create Instant Opera, an improvised a cappella work that includes audience participation.
The workshop sessions will take place at Carnegie Hall and in rehearsal studios in New York City. The final concert will take place at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall.
Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Applications will be accepted for individual vocalists, each skilled in a singing tradition with additional experience in improvisation. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: sacred harp, Tuvan throat, Scottish and Irish Gaelic folk, isicathamiya, Anatolian folk and rock, Aboriginal jujuna, Kunqu opera, Carnatic and Hindustani vocal, vocal jazz, and newly composed languages.
The application deadline for this workshop has passed. Information for the 2008/2009 season Professional Training Workshops will be available in mid-April 2008.
The workshop is open to auditors for its entire duration. Auditors registering to attend the entire period will receive a complimentary ticket to the Young Artists Concert. The workshop schedule will be sent to auditors upon receipt of the registration form. The fee for auditing is $30 per day, and sessions are limited to 20 people. For more information, please call 212-903-9733 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no tuition for the workshop. Travel and shared housing in New York City will be arranged and paid for by Carnegie Hall for participants coming from outside New York City.
All participants must be available April 28-May 2, 2008, including some evenings, and are expected to attend ALL workshop sessions.