Pat Metheny's insane one-man orchestra comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall
Pat Metheny is nothing if not an inveterate musical explorer.
On his recent CD Orchestrion, the accomplished guitarist and composer uses his six-string and a modern orchestrion, a high-tech device that controls sundry keyboards, mallet instruments, percussion, “guitarbots” and other acoustic and electric instruments.
The history of what he's doing now goes back to the player pianos of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The one-man orchestra that he'll use when he takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall delivers an inventively arranged set of long, multitextured compositions, incorporating jazz, fusion, folk and classical elements.
“Over the past several years I’ve gone to a number of different inventor guys to build, essentially, this orchestra that you hear,” Metheny said recently via e-mail while on tour in Europe.“Instruments— all instruments — are by definition agents of technology. Is a piano player really touching that string? Let’s examine what goes into that.”
Bottom line: It's a stage show that must be seen to be believed. Tickets to Metheny's show are $41-$71; click here for details.
And click here to read the rest of Philip Booth's interview with Metheny about the Orchestrion project.
(Photo via the "fan photos" part of Metheny's Facebook page.)