Written by The Jazz Gypsy
Monday, May 19th, 8:00 pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The renown jazz fusion guitarist, Pat Metheny, is set to reinvent the jazz experience with his new Orchestration Project.
According to Metheny, this project represents a conceptual direction that merges an idea from the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the technologies of today to create a new, open-ended platform for musical composition, improvisation and performance.
"Orchestrionics" is the term that Metheny uses to describe a method of developing ensemble-oriented music using acoustic and acoustoelectric musical instruments that are mechanically controlled in a variety of ways, using solenoids and pneumatics. With a guitar, pen or keyboard Metheny is able to create a detailed compositional environment or a spontaneously developed improvisation, with the pieces on this particular recording leaning toward the compositional side of the spectrum. On top of these layers of acoustic sound, Metheny adds conventional electric guitar playing as an improvised component.
Metheny already had a trademarked playing style, which blended the loose and flexible articulation customarily reserved for horn players with an advanced rhythmic and harmonic sensibility - a way of playing and improvising that was modern in conception but grounded deeply in the jazz tradition of melody, swing, and the blues.
The Orchestration Project will certainly further distinguish Metheny as an innovator ahead of his time.