January 31, 2012
Few musicians have a career as diverse as Pat Metheny’s. The jazz guitarist, composer, and sound innovator has performed with an eclectic collection of artists from Herbie Hancock to David Bowie, taught music all over the world in such diverse places as Berklee College of Music and the Dutch Royal Conservatory, and he has created a body of work that 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 one might imagine, Metheny has some excellent anecdotes to share about his journey from an 8-year-old trumpet player to becoming one of the world’s best jazz guitarists. In addition to his guitar, Metheny brings with him stories to share at events beginning Wednesday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. when drama and music critic Terry Teachout and Artist in Residence Chuck Archard will moderate a discussion highlighting Metheny’s award-winning, forty-year music career.
"Pat is one of the most significant jazz musicians of the past half-century," says Teachout, a scholar-in-residence at the Winter Park Institute and a frequent visitor to Rollins. "Not only is he a great soloist, but he's a hugely important and influential composer—and a superb talker, too. Chuck and I are hoping to give our audience a taste of what it's like to chat with Pat in an informal setting, and my guess is that it'll be a lot of fun for everybody."
On Thursday, February 2 at 12:30 p.m. Metheny will participate in a Master Class with Rollins’ music students as well as interested members of the general public.
Finally, at 7:30 p.m. that evening, WPI will present "An Evening with Pat Metheny: Music and Dialog" when Metheny will perform accompanied by bassist Larry Grenadier.
To learn more about Pat Metheny and the Winter Park Institute, please visit www.rollins.edu/wpi/.