The worldclass guitarist will be a star of the autumn edition of Ethno Jazz Festival 2011. The artist will have a concert on 6 November in Wroclaw’s Hala Orbita to the accompaniment of great musicians from his trio – Larry Grenadier playing the contrabass and Bill Stewart the drums.

Pat Metheny was born on 12 August 1954 in Kansas in a musical family. When he was 8 he started playing the trumpet and four years later he changed to the guitar. After that he started working with the best jazz bands in his state, getting great experience at young age. His professional debut on the international stage was in 1974.

Pat Metheny practised his skills at Miami University and famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. They were noticed by a professor and vibraphonist Gary Burton who proposed Pat Metheny to cooperate with him. Metheny spent 3 years in Gary Burton’s band where he showed characteristic style that was a mix of free articulation and rhythmically and harmonically advanced sensitivity.

In few years he got the title of the Best Jazz Guitarist in a lot of questionnaires and got a lot of gold record for albums: (Still Life) Talking”, ”Letter from Home” and ”Secret Story”. He also got Grammy Award in different categories six times: The Best Rock Instrumentation, The Best Modern Jazz Recording, The Best Jazz Solo Instrumentation, The Best Instrumental Composition. Unprecedentedly Pat Metheny Group got 7th times in turn the Grammy Award for 7subsequent albums.


Source: Ethno Jazz Festival

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