Pat Metheny’s versatility is almost 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, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical.
The year 2013 was a banner one for Pat Metheny. After being awarded his 20th Grammy, for Unity Band, and the release of his critically acclaimed recording of Tap: John Zorn’s Book of Angels, Vol. 20, Metheny received word that the readers of DownBeat magazine had voted to induct him into its Hall of Fame. Not only is Metheny the youngest member, but he is also only the fourth jazz guitarist to be chosen for that honor, joining Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery.
2014 has been equally exciting. As Metheny says: “The Unity Band record and tour has been life changing for me, and I really wanted to find a way to keep it going and take it to the next level. One night, I woke up with the tantalizing idea of taking the concept of ‘unity’ even further. With this next project, I envisioned building a platform capable of addressing the entire spectrum of things I have done over the years, from Bright Size Life to Secret Story, from my Group projects to the Orchestrion, and more, all in one place.” He continues: “With this incredible lineup of musicians—Chris Potter, Ben Williams, Antonio Sanchez, and the addition of multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi—just about anything is possible.”
Pat Metheny Unity Group featuring Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben WIlliams & Giulio Carmassi will be performing this Sunday, November 23 in the theatre at the newly renovated Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at 8pm.
Last year Rams Head Promotions brought Michael Bolton, Dave Mason, Indigo Girls and Martin Short to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, however this is Rams Head’s first performance at the newly renovated hall!
Among numerous improvements, audiences will find new, comfortable seats with more legroom, parterre seating (box-style) for a unique perspective, improved acoustics and lighting, and a greater floor incline for better sight lines to the stage!
You can read more about the renovation project HERE, where you will also see before and after pictures.
Rams Head Tavern is offering the Performance Package to diners who would like to stop in before the show, where you’ll receive 10% off of your dinner check along with discounted parking at Gott’s Court Garage. You can also purchase wine, beer and water in Room 211 at Maryland Hall, and Hebe Café within the hall will also be open, serving coffee and light fare. And guess what? Beverages WILL be allowed in theatre during the performance.
We look forward to seeing you at the Pat Metheny Unity Group concert at Maryland Hall on Sunday, November 23rd!