Worrell to bring funk downtown
May 01, 2013 11:00 AM

Keyboardist and composer Bernie Worrell, 69, will bring his “funkadelic” music to the Indiana Theater this Friday at 9 p.m. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member will perform with his band, the Bernie Worrell Orchestra.

The audience should expect to go on a journey, he said in a recent phone interview, and people will be able to dance. Spectators should anticipate variety, with improvisation, solos and some comedy thrown into the mix.

He listed several artists that have influenced his music, including Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Beethoven. Although his music has many ingredients, not every note will have consonance. The band does some sour notes and some sweet notes, Worrell said.

“I do a lot of discord as a shock treatment, to catch them off guard,” he said.

Worrell began his career at age 3 when he started studying piano. At 8, he wrote his first concerto. Worrell’s extensive resume also includes playing with the Washington City Orchestra at age 10, working with Talking Heads, and being a founding member of the funk-soul-rock collective Parliament/Funkadelic. However, Worrell said that not one of his accomplishments stands out above the others.

“There’s no one thing,” he said. “It’s my music.”

Despite his success, he stays humble about his career that would make any artist proud to own.

“It doesn’t come from me, it comes from God.” Worrell said. “I’m just a channel, a vessel. We’re all born with gifts. If someone thinks it’s from them, I don’t go with that.

“We’re all given gifts,” he said. “Music happens to be what he gave me.”

Tickets are available at www.showclix.com. The Bernie Worrell Orchestra’s music is available to listen to and download at www.bernieworrellorchestra.com.

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