Bill Murray to join cellist for music and spoken word tour

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The project is called "New Worlds" and features the artist performing literary readings over chamber music from a trio led by cellist Jan Vogler. The breadth of Murray's acting work is already impressive, but according to The New York Times, Murray is formally stepping into the world of music, with a full-length debut album of classical music on the way.

The program will premiere in the US on July 20 at California's Festival Napa Valley. Murray then invited Vogler to Poets House's annual poetry walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, after which they began developing the classical music project.

Murray reads passages from Walt Whitman and Ernest Hemingway, while Vogler plays music from Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Astor Piazzolla. Among the North American stops will be an October 10 performance at Chicago's Symphony Center, with Chinese violinist Mira Wang (Vogler's wife) and Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez joining the ensemble. It's just a short journey from one continent to the other.

"New Worlds", meant to explore themes of American history and identity, is planned for a release in August.

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The "New Worlds" recording is set to be released in August.

The Times piece also includes some suitably charming Murray anecdotes and quotes, like how director Sofia Coppola happened to stop by the studio and snap photos of Murray with the Times reporter there: "This is very unexpected", she said.

Murray told the paper that working with such skilled musicians was a challenge: "When they start playing, the demand is so great that if you're attending to who you are right now, it brings out something that you couldn't have visualised or planned for".

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