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Home > Main > Roger Treece and Tobias Hug: Backstage at Bobby’s

Roger Treece and Tobias Hug: Backstage at Bobby’s

Roger Treece, musical director and composer with Bobby McFerrin talking to Swingle Singer Tobias Hug.

Can you imagine working on an album for a total of six years? Recording more than 400 tracks for every song on that album? Working with singers from all over the world who contribute to this one album?

Now, Bobby McFerrin seems to be the one who really can do the unimaginable, but even King Bobby needs someone who does a bit of legwork. So when Linda Goldstein, Bobby’s manager had the idea of making his music available to choirs all over the world, she found Roger Treece. Based in NYC, Roger is a composer, arranger and sound engineer whose talent perfectly matches Bobby’s genius. And he made it become reality: “VOCabuLarieS“, an epic masterpiece of voices, a symphonic work of art based on music and musical fragments by Bobby McFerrin.

Currently, Bobby and Roger tour the world and do concerts with local choirs. However, as you might have imagined, the music composed by Roger is not exactly regular choir repertoire. It’s amazingly complex stuff. That’s why the choirs that were chosen to work with Roger and Bobby are the top rhythmic choirs of the world.

The Jazzchor Freiburg (conductor: Bertrand Gröger) is one of Europe’s leading jazz choirs and was among the “chosen few” – meeting Bobby “The Voice” McFerrin in Vienna in June and in Lörrach/Germany (www.stimmen.com) on the 15th of July.

We are happy and honoured to have Tobi Hug, bass singer with the London based Swingle Singers (and also singing those two “VOCabuLarieS” gigs with Bobby) interviewing Roger Treece after the first of the two shows.

Did you see a “VOCabuLarieS” show? How do you like the album? Post your comments now and join the a cappella conversation!

  1. 14. Juli 2010, 12:25 | #1

    DUDE!

  2. 17. Juli 2010, 12:00 | #2

    Hello ! This blog is great ! I wish we could exchange links ? My blog is http://blogpolyfollia.wordpress.com. Talk to you soon

  3. 1. August 2010, 15:29 | #3

    Great blog/interview. Roger Treece is a genius. VOCAbuLarieS is most definitely a masterpiece!

  4. Toby Myers
    4. August 2010, 00:44 | #4

    Absolutely loved hearing about the process of putting it together. Would love to hear some of the original material Bobby and Roger drew from. Always loved Bobby and was privleged to attend that inspiring concert in Munich.

  5. 17. September 2010, 18:03 | #5

    Agreed with everyone – it’s really unique album and project, I don’t think anything like this has ever been done before !

  6. 19. September 2010, 20:13 | #6

    Good news from Denmark: Bobby will be headliner at the Aarhus Vocal Festival (www.aavf.dk), May 6-8, 2011, presenting “Vocabularies” with Europe’s leading rhythmic choir Vocal Line (www.vocalline.dk). Be there!

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