Pat Metheny

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PAT METHENY was born in Lee’s Summit, MO on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974. Over the course of his three-year stint with vibraphone great Gary Burton, the young Missouri native already displayed his soon-to-become trademarked playing style, which blended the loose and flexible articulation customarily reserved for horn players with an advanced rhythmic and harmonic sensibility -a way of playing and improvising that was modern in conception but grounded deeply in the jazz tradition of melody, swing, and the blues. With the release of his first album, Bright Size Life (1975), he reinvented the traditional “jazz guitar” sound for a new generation of players. Throughout his career, Pat Metheny has continued to redefine the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument.

Metheny’s versatility is nearly without peer on any instrument. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie. Metheny’s body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet pieces and even the robotic instruments of his Orchestrion project, while always sidestepping the limits of any one genre.

 

As well as being an accomplished musician, Metheny has also participated in the academic arena as a music educator. At 18, he was the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami. At 19, he became the youngest teacher ever at the Berklee College of Music, where he also received an honorary doctorate more than twenty years later (1996). He has also taught music workshops all over the world, from the Dutch Royal Conservatory to the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz to clinics in Asia and South America. He has also been a true musical pioneer in the realm of electronic music, and was one of the very first jazz musicians to treat the synthesizer as a serious musical instrument. Years before the invention of MIDI technology, Metheny was using the Synclavier as a composing tool. He also has been instrumental in the development of several new kinds of guitars such as the soprano acoustic guitar, the 42-string Pikasso guitar, Ibanez’s PM series jazz guitars, and a variety of other custom instruments.

It is one thing to attain popularity as a musician, but it is another to receive the kind of acclaim Metheny has garnered from critics and peers. Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 20 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition at one point winning seven consecutive Grammies for seven consecutive albums. In 2015 he was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame, becoming only the fourth guitarist to be included (along with Django Reinhardt, Charlie Chrisitan and Wes Montgomery) and it’s youngest member. Metheny has spent much of his life on tour, often doing more than 100 shows a year since becoming a bandleader in the 70’s. At the time of this writing, he continues to be one of the brightest stars of the jazz community, dedicating time to both his own projects and those of emerging artists and established veterans alike, helping them to reach their audience as well as realizing their own artistic visions.

Tour Dates

Date
City
Venue
Country
Ticket
05/03/17
San Benedetto del Tronto
Palarivera
Italy
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/04/17
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Teatro Lyrick Assisi
Italy
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/05/17
Bari
TeatroTeam
Italy
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/06/17
Napoli
Teatro Augusteo
Italy
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/07/17
Ravenna
Teatro Comunale Alighieri
Italy
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/08/17
Rome
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Italy
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/10/17
Imst
TschirgART Jazz Festival Imst – Glenthof
Austria
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/11/17
Weiz
Kunsthaus Weiz
Austria
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/12/17
Bratislava
Istropolos
Slovakia
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/13/17
Prague
Forum Karlin
Czech Republic
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/14/17
Warszawa
Arena Ursynów
Poland
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/15/17
Poznan
Sala Ziemi MTP Poznan
Poland
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/17/17
Helsinki
Finlandia Hall
Finland
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/19/17
Stockholm
Stockholm Concert Hall
Sweden
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/20/17
Oslo
Oslo Konserthus
Norway
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/21/17
Malm_
Slagthuset – Malm_s N_jeshj_rta
Sweden
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/22/17
Münster
Halle Münsterland
Germany
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/23/17
Paris
L’Olympia
France
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/24/17
Coutances
Jazz Sous les Pommiers | Salle Marcel Helie
France
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/26/17
Lyons
L’Amphitheatre
France
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/27/17
Barcelona
BARTS Theatre
Spain
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/28/17
Madrid
Auditorio Nacional de Música
Spain
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/29/17
San Sebastian
Auditorio del Centro Kursaal
Spain
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
05/31/17
Marseille
Les Espaces Culturels du Silo d’Arenc
France
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock
06/02/17
Zagreb
Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall
Croatia
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
06/03/17
Ljubljana
Cankar Centre – Gallus Hall
Slovakia
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
06/04/17
Karlín
Forum Karlín
Czech Republic
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
06/09/17
Hartford, CT
Infinity Hall
United States
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
06/10/17
New York, NY
Beacon Theatre
United States
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
06/11/17
Boston, MA
Wilbur Theatre
United States
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
06/12/17
Washington, DC
DC Jazz Fest
United States
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock
10/15/17
Sausheim
L’Eden
France
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock
10/21/17
Leipzig
Leipzig Haus Auensee
Germany
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock
10/25/17
Luzern
KKL Luzern – Konzertsaal
Switzerland
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock
11/07/17
Utrecht
Tivoli Vredenburg
Netherlands
w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, & Gwilym Simcock