Celebrated jazz guitarist, composer Pat Metheny takes Mercyhurst stage

Pat Metheny
World renowned guitarist and composer Pat Metheny has assembled an extraordinary ensemble for a unique evening of jazz at Mercyhurst University on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

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.

His own genius invariably brings out the best in his fellow players. Performing with him at Mercyhurst is Chris Potter, one of today’s hottest saxophone players; star bassist Ben Williams and brilliant drummer Antonio Sanchez. Their appearance is an offering of the new Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture directed by Jamie Grady.

Metheny was born in Kansas City in 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at 12 and, by 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City.

Blending the loose and flexible articulation customarily reserved for horn players with an advanced rhythmic and harmonic sensibility, Metheny’s style is 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.

He has been part of a writing team with keyboardist Lyle Mays for more than 20 years. His 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.

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. 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.

Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as "Best Jazz Guitarist" and 18 Grammy Awards.

Tickets are $50 for Preferred, $45 for orchestra, and $40 for rear orchestra and balcony. Tickets can be purchased by calling 824-3000 or by visiting pac.mercyhurst.edu.
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