Pat Metheny has released SIDE-EYE NYC (V1.IV) today, the recording debut of his SIDE-EYE trio project featuring the 20-time GRAMMY winner accompanied by a handpicked and rotating selection of, as he puts it, “newer generation musicians who have particularly caught my interest along the way.” Throughout SIDE-EYE NYC’s eight compositions, Metheny completely reinvents his classics including “Better Days Ahead” and “Timeline” alongside brand new and characteristically genre-defying work revealed for the first time.
As is only fitting for a musician known for an extensive touring regime, Pat Metheny has announced over 100 concerts world-wide to accompany the release of his brand new album SIDE-EYE NYC V1.IV. Kicking off on September 14th in Eugene, OR, the SIDE-EYE tour will travel to every city from Seattle to Prague, Los Angeles to Orlando, Houston to Vienna and beyond. The live shows, spanning well into 2022, will feature the phenomenally talented pianist/organist/keyboardist James Francies.
Pat Metheny taps jazz’s young stars to rework Grammy-winning, Billboard chart-topping “Better Days Ahead”
As the only musician to win GRAMMYs in twelve separate categories, Pat Metheny’s passion for “seeking breathtaking new vistas” (NPR) at every turn is synonymous with his storied career - from embarking on sonic explorations in jazz, classical, rock, and country to collaborating with cross-genre legends including David Bowie, Herbie Hancock and Steve Reich. But, for Metheny, as much as obliterating the premise of genre is a way of life, so follows his natural impulse to reach across generations.
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.
Pat Metheny will embark on the next chapter in his universally celebrated and endlessly inventive career on March 5, with the release of Road To The Sun - a collection of two substantial multi-movement classical suites penned by Metheny and performed by five of today's foremost classical guitarists.
On March 5, composer, multi-instrumentalist and twenty time GRAMMY-winner Pat Metheny will release Road To The Sun, his debut for BMG Modern Recordings and the latest chapter in an endlessly innovative career that spans nearly five decades. A collection of two major new works composed by Metheny and performed by five of the world ́s leading guitarists, Road To The Sun unveils new facets of an already expansive personal language while obliterating any genre boundaries that stand in its way.
On September 5, 6, and 7, 2019, a diverse and exciting curation of the world’s most remarkable guitarists will gather for the eighth installment of ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival, presented by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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.
Whenever anybody puts the word “jazz” in front of the word “guitar”, certain universal indicators will emerge regardless of whom or what is being talked about. Generally “jazz” and “guitar” as a pairing will conjure another indicatory-laced meaning: “solo”. Inevitably, whenever somebody is playing jazz guitar, they are playing solo-oriented music. But what is the status quo of jazz anyways? Is there one? Not anymore. Too many purists, progressives, and modernists will have different ideas or definitions on what the quintessential essence of jazz is exactly.