Bobby McFerrin and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra Perform at the Mancini Musicale
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
Bobby McFerrin will receive the prestigious Hank Award, presented by past recipient, Quincy Jones. The Mancini Musicale will feature a rare vocal performance by Mr. McFerrin, accompanied by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Patrick Williams. The concert will feature additional performances by Shelly Berg, Joana Carneiro, Abe Laboriel, Sr., Abe Laboriel, Jr., Christopher Rouse and surprise guest artists.
Bobby McFerrin, a natural wonder of music, is one of the world’s best known vocal innovators and improvisors, a world-renowned classical conductor, the creator of “Don’t Worry Be Happy” and a passionate spokesman for music education. A 10-time GRAMMY Award winner, Mr. McFerrin’s recordings have sold over 20 million copies, and his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea, the Vienna Philharmonic and Herbie Hancock have established him as an ambassador of both the classical and jazz worlds.