To celebrate its tenth anniversary year, Waltons World Master series will welcome Bobby McFerrin back to Ireland and the World Masters series for a special two-day event – Bobby Meets Ireland – on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March 2013. Each evening’s performance will be a unique collaboration between Bobby and a small, very select group of singers, instrumentalists, dancers and small ensembles – chosen to represent the creativity, tradition and spirit of Ireland.

Ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin is known for music-making that transcends the boundaries of language, culture and genre. He has inspired audiences around the world with his legendary solo vocal concerts and collaborations with artists ranging from YoYo Ma and the Vienna Philharmonic to Ladysmith Black Mambozo, Chick Corea and Taj Mahal. Those who attended Bobby’s previous World Masters solo performances here in 2005 and 2008 know that what Bobby does is not an act, it’s spontaneous invention, and each concert is a thrilling and unique event.

Bobby Meets Ireland will celebrate the musical and cultural diversity of modern Ireland, and the magic that happens when artists meet and interact. Selected Irish artists from different disciplines and perspectives will join Bobby to offer a celebration of creativity and collaboration like no other. Each day’s rehearsal and each evening’s performance will be a one-of-a-kind event. Bobby’s creative teamwill work with Bobby and selected performers to create structures for improvisation and an atmosphere that invites the unexpected. Each evening’s performance will be recorded for broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm.

Performers – who must be residents of Ireland or Northern Ireland – will be selected by adjudicators from Waltons New School of Music, RTÉ lyric fm and the Bobby McFerrin team. The organisers are particularly interested in artists whose work reflects traditional and/or contemporary Irish culture in all its diversity and who demonstrate mastery of their discipline, unbridled creativity and improvisational flexibility. The final cast will be selected to offer a balance of skills and creative approaches.

If you are a performer who would like to be considered for this unique opportunity, entry forms are available at www.newschool.ie/Bobby_McFerrin_Meets_Ireland/Default.3517.html. Entries must be received by Waltons World Masters no later than Friday 11th January 2013 at 5pm.

For further details of entry, see www.newschool.ie/worldmasters

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