Sept. 27, 2023
Center for the Arts
Tickets: $45, $59, $69
UB Students, Faculty, Staff
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This fall 20 x Grammy® Award Winning Guitarist and Composer Pat Metheny is launching a solo tour which will coincide with a new album release on BMG Modern Recordings, “Dream Box”. The tour, a first of its kind for Metheny, will feature personal and fan favorites from his nearly 50 year career.
Metheny says “A few years back, I did a short run of concerts that were not exclusively me and a single guitar, but pretty close. I loved it. Of course, I always have to take it somewhere else too, which by the end of those performances, I did manage to do (no spoilers here!), but what I have planned for the tour following the release of my new recording Dream Box, is something different for me, focused on the various ways of playing solo I have explored across all these decades in an evening that I think will be very special”.
Think about these recordings; “New Chautauqua” – a 1979 recording that almost single-handedly defined an era of instrumental steel-stringed “Americana”; “Zero Tolerance For Silence” – a shot across the bow of modern music making, the companion piece to parallel the Grammy® winning disc Secret Story; The Orchestrion Project, a project so outrageous in conception and execution that even a decade-plus later, it stands apart from any previous ideas of what a solo performer might achieve alone onstage.
And then consider and contrast those projects to the two back-to-back Grammy® winning solo Baritone guitar recordings, “One Quiet Night” and “What’s It All About”. Those recordings are not only among the most gorgeous pure solo guitar recordings, but they also introduced an entirely new tuning system that allowed Metheny to create an almost orchestral range from bass to soprano within the realm of a simple steel 6-string guitar.
Since the release of his first album, “Bright Size Life” (1975), Pat Metheny has been reinventing the traditional “jazz guitar” sound for a new generation of players. Throughout his career, he has been utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument, performing with artists including Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Milton Nascimento, and David Bowie.
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 categories, at one point winning Grammys® for seven consecutive albums, remaining one of the brightest stars of the jazz community.
A Bernice Poss Memorial Concert
This concert is made possible in part through a gift from The Bernice Poss Memorial Fund. Bernice L. Poss had a 23-year career with the University at Buffalo. After her tragic death in 1988, the Bernice Poss Award was established to honor her many contributions to the community. The children of Ms. Poss have chosen to honor her memory by funding an annual concert.