Popular guitarist Pat Metheny performs in concert Sept. 16 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Recently inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame as its youngest member and only the fourth guitarist (joining Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, and Wes Montgomery), 20-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist Pat Metheny will present a range of music from throughout his career.
After the worldwide successes of his Grammy-winning Unity Band and Unity Group records and the extensive touring that followed, Mr. Metheny took a bit of a break in 2015.
“This past year is the first time I have taken any real time off since 1994,” says Mr. Metheny. “It was great to be able to practice, do some research and start the process of developing some ideas that I have had cooking for a while.”
While 2015 may have been less active than usual for Mr. Metheny on the touring front, he nevertheless created the critically acclaimed large scale work “Hommage for Eberhard Weber” and performed it at events in Europe, Japan and America.
He also served as Artist-in-Residence for the Detroit Jazz Festival performing with his own ensembles, his longtime associate Gary Burton and a newly formed duet partnership with legendary Miles Davis bassist Ron Carter.
Joining Mr. Metheny this year will be Malaysian-Australian bassist Linda Oh, British pianist Gwilym Simcock, and his long time drummer Antonio Sanchez who has been his most consistent associate in a huge variety of settings since 2000.
Mr. Sanchez’s score for the Academy Award-winning Alejandro G. Innaritu film “Birdman” was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and 2016 Grammy Award, as well as dozens of other prizes around the world.
As to what the performances will be like as the year unfolds Mr. Metheny says, “It could really be anything and everything. I have already written a bunch of new music inspired just by the thought of this presentation, but I could also imagine playing only old music one night, or even playing entire albums.
“I like the idea of keeping it open and letting it become whatever it winds up being over the course of a tour. At this stage, I have so much music and it all is kind of one big thing for me without borders or distinctions between this period or that period.
“With Antonio, Linda and Gwilym, I think we could and will do a wide range of things from throughout all of it – and maybe uncover what the next period has in store as well.”
The concert is presented by Danny Zelisko. Tickets for the event start at $35.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located on Scottsdale Civic Center Park, a 21-acre urban oasis next to the city’s Old Town and gallery districts.
The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to manage the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art. The Scottsdale Cultural Council is funded in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and National Endowment for the Arts.
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