Bill Murray always finds ways to capture the hearts of his millions of fans around the world, perhaps aided a bit by his mythical status. After all, the man is said to barely use a cell phone (which is pretty wild a concept, especially for someone as in-demand as he presumably is).
His latest project, intriguingly, is an album conceived and recorded with the help of world-class cellist Jan Vogler. The story, as you’d imagine (and as the New York Times reported), is pretty great. Murray and Vogler bonded after being neighbors on a flight and forged a friendship and creative partnership out of it.
The project, officially billed as Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends, has yielded some recordings that feature Murray singing songs (such as selections from West Side Story) or reading the writing of authors such as Ernest Hemingway and Walt Whitman (as well as passages from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), while Vogler and his fellow musicians play classical compositions from all-time greats. The album is expected to be out sometime in August.
What’s more, the artists involved plan to tour the project, too! So there’s a pretty decent chance you’ll be able to go watch all of this unfold live, on stage. Their inaugural performance is set for July 20 at Festival Napa Valley, with more expected to be announced later.
Said Murray of this project to the NYT:
“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.”