Bill Murray performs his debut album at Southbank Centre in UK premiere
Actor Bill Murray performs the UK premiere of his debut album New Worlds on Monday 4 June 2018, a lineup of American literary and musical classics accompanied by an all-star classical chamber trio, in a one-off show at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
Created from a friendship between the legendary actor and comedian, and the acclaimed German cellist Jan Vogler, New Worlds is an intricate encounter of music and literature, exploring themes of American history and identity.
For this live ‘theatrical album’, Murray performs various texts, including poems by Whitman and passages from Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast and Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, interspersed with instrumental pieces by Bach, Ravel and Piazzolla and classic songs from the Gershwins, Bernstein and Stephen Foster all the way up to Van Morrison. Murray is accompanied live by a virtuoso chamber trio: Vogler on cello, violinist Mira Wang, and pianist Vanessa Perez.
After meeting on worldwide travels and becoming friends back home in New York, Murray and Vogler collaborated on this project from a shared curiosity about each other’s artistic world and interests. New Worlds showcases seminal works of literature and music that reflect American values, and communicates the bridges artists have built between America and Europe.
Following the album’s release in September 2017 and a tour of the US and Canada last year, Murray, Vogler and friends bring a picture of the charm, energy and creative force of the American New World to London’s Southbank Centre as part of a 2018 European tour.
Bill Murray said: “I am bathing in this experience, really. I can’t get enough of it.”