Former “Saturday Night Live” mainstay and Oscar nominee Bill Murray is known for making unusual career moves, and his latest tour plans represent yet another quirky twist for the actor, writer and comedian.
The New York Times reports that Murray will tour starting July 20 with a chamber music trio led by cellist Jan Vogler. The tour, “New Worlds,” will feature music and literary readings.
The material will include the music of Gershwin, Bach, Piazzolla and Schubert, songs from Van Morrison and “West Side Story” and readings from Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Ernest Hemingway. Murray will also sing Stephen Foster’s “Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair.”
The tour will have its U.S. premiere July 20 at California’s Festival Napa Valley, to be followed by a “New Worlds” recording in August.
The Times notes that the idea grew out of a flight from Berlin to New York in 2013, when Murray and Vogler happened to be seated across from each other.
Murray received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2004 for “Lost in Translation,” a role that also won him a Golden Globe.
Here’s a little taste of a live singing performance by Murray from a much earlier phase of his career …