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      Pat Metheny

      Pat Metheny

      A free electron with a thousand sounds
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      • 2022 1 concert
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        May 2022
        PARIS 09
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      About

      About
      Copyright Jimmy Katz

      Pat Metheny is a guitar genius. But there is no need to pray to see him improvise like a god. This audacious soul, a virtuoso with golden fingers and creative by nature, always knows how to find the best set up for his new sounds.

       

      Pat Metheny doesn't really play jazz. He plays music, period! Always smily, probably to conceal his tenacious character, the Missouri born singer explores modern times with a bold mind. Sometimes in the East, sometimes in Brazil, his musical journey abolishes borders and embraces uncharted territories, where simplicity coexists with extreme complexity.

       

      His sounds with a thousand nuances and his improvisations move us. It's true that Pat doesn't always know the final destination, but it's certain that we're going to land up, whatever happens, in the most beautiful places. Playful sophistication, sparkling technique: the guitarist from Lee's Summit, a small, peaceful town in America, is an outstanding aviator when it comes to taking on abstract and jazzy soundscapes.

       

      Creativity is his fuel, boldness is his compass. You only have to see him on stage, performing high-speed instrumental acrobatics with virtuosity and serenity to understand who we're dealing with. Having set himself high standards without being elitist, Pat Metheny sets off to conquer new perspectives without shivering, making him a Pablo Picasso of modern music. For he transcends the world at the pace of his strings, this is not something that can be made up, he is inspired by the masters of jazz and carries forward the legacy of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker.

       

      Collaborator of David Bowie and Ornette Coleman, the American artist breaks conventions. Pat doesn't expect universal acceptance. He simply wants to explore new emotions and draw the contours of a playful sophistication, where technique is only an alibi to externalize his imagination. His guitar is his battle horse and Pat Metheny keeps dazzling music lovers!

      Highlights

      1975

      Not just a guitarist

      A jazzy soul and a hard rocker's good looks : Pat Metheny, brought up by the trumpet and admirer of Miles Davis, doesn't want to be just a background guitarist. So he decides to gather his own band and experiment with boldness and fantasy. His first album - Bright Size Life - allowed him to make a name for himself.

      1984

      In studio with David Bowie

      This is his most notable collaboration. That year, Pat Metheny recorded, with David Bowie, the track This is not America. He took the opportunity to broaden his audience and become, a little bit more, one of the greatest instrumentalists of his generation.

      2010

      Pat Metheny, never short of ideas

      It is one of the masterpieces of his discography: the album Orchestrion. For the occasion, Pat Metheny turns himself into an engineer, developing a new technology allowing him to conduct other instruments directly from his guitar and create an extraordinary orchestration. The result is breathtaking!

      Testimonials

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        Pat Metheny is an original and talented musical creator. From the very first notes, one is carried away by a gentle and powerful wave. The various themes follow one another with many variations. It's technically impressive. What a sight! 

        Jonathan, after the concert in Marseille

        Pat Metheny is a master of his art. His technical sophistication would drive the best guitarists crazy. On stage, everything looks effortless. Yet he leads us into a festival of incredibly complex sounds. That's his secret: constantly juggling between sophistication and simplicity. In a nutshell, it's a must-see concert. You won't experience it twice!

        Over the past forty years, few jazz musicians have managed to balance experimentation and popular success as brilliantly as the American guitarist Pat Metheny. He is like a dazzling juggler playing with improvisational virtuosity, catchy songwriting and technological innovation.
         
        There are some great guitarists like Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall and there's Pat Metheny. And he is still among us, and far from being dead. The American guitarist marked his time, and not only by his hair! His guitar skills, his style, his music speak for him. 

        The Guardian - France Info

      Archives

      2018
      2 concerts
      • 08 Jul
        Vitrolles
        Charlie Free Jazz Festival
      • 28 Jul
        Marciac
        Jazz in Marciac
      2017
      5 concerts
      • 23 May
        Paris
        L'Olympia
      • 24 May
        Coutances
        Festival Jazz sous les Pommiers
      • 26 May
        Lyon
        Cité Internationale
      • 31 May
        Marseille
        LE CEPAC SILO
      • 15 Oct
        Sausheim
        Salle Eden
      2012
      3 concerts
      • 01 Jul
        Enghien-les-Bains
        Théâtre du Casino
      • 04 Jul
        Vienne
        Jazz à Vienne
      • 18 Jul
        Marseille
        Festival de Jazz des Cinq Continents
      2011
      1 concert
      • 02 Nov
        Grenoble
        Maison de la Culture de Grenoble
      2010
      5 concerts
      • 01 Feb
        Châlons-en-Champagne
        La Comète
      • 13 Feb
        Paris
        L'Olympia
      • 15 Feb
        Nantes
        Cité des congrès
      • 16 Feb
        Bordeaux
        Theatre Femina
      • 30 Jul
        Coutances
        Théâtre de Coutances
      2002
      3 concerts
      • 07 Jun
        Paris
        L'Olympia
      • 22 Jun
        Nice
        Théâtre de Verdure
      • 03 Jul
        Vienne
        Jazz à Vienne
      1999
      1 concert
      • 16 Jul
        Juan-les-Pins
        Pinède Gould
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