Bill Murray has gifted us with his unique song stylings since his Saturday Night Live days as Nick the Lounge Singer, and carried on the tradition more recently by crooning some holiday classics in his 2015 Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas. Yet it was still shocking when he announced in April that he was planning to release a classical music album this fall.
Titled New Worlds, the album will be a collaboration between the Caddyshack star and cellist Jan Vogler, set to be released in September.
In advance of the album, Stereogum reports, Murray took to the stage at the Dresden Music Festival in Germany, to debut the project, the first time Murray has ever performed at a bona fide music concert (a North American tour is scheduled for fall 2017).
According to Rolling Stone, Murray and Vogel (who lives in Dresden) are accompanied on the album by violinist Mira Wang (who hails from China) and pianist Vanessa Perez (based in Venezuela), and Murray addressed the inherent challenges of collaborating when partners who live in different parts of the world.
“We are from four different continents,” Murray 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.”
Among the songs he performed at the Dresden show was a cover version of Van Morrison’s When Will I Ever Learn To Live In God?
Thanks to social media, we can check out some photos and snippets of the performance below: