An evening with Pat Metheny w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock
January 15, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Collins Center for the Arts
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An evening with Pat Metheny w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock

Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Collins Center for the Arts

Far more than a guitar legend, Pat Metheny is a brilliant builder of bands, and he opens the Fifth Anniversary season with his latest game-changing ensemble. Featuring a powerhouse international cast of players who’ve distinguished themselves on a multitude of creative fronts, the quartet continues Metheny’s groundbreaking run with Mexican-born drummer Antonio Sánchez. The motor for almost every Metheny project since the late 1990s, Sánchez reconfigured the Hollywood soundtrack landscape with his percussion-driven score for 2015’s Academy Award-winning film Birdman. When Linda Oh’s not leading her own band, the Malaysian-born, Australian-raised bassist works with heavyweights like Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas. And 35-year-old British pianist Gwilym Simcock is one of Europe’s most acclaimed and influential young musicians, equally in demand in jazz and classical settings as a player and composer. The quartet is just the latest sign that Metheny isn’t easing into his revered veteran status. Busier than ever these days, the 20-time GRAMMY winner recently released two new Nonesuch albums, and even did a sideman stint on rising sax star Logan Richardson’s Blue Note debut.


Pat Metheny guitar
Gwilym Simcock piano
Linda Oh bass
Antonio Sánchez drums

Learn before you go!

The UMaine Humanities Center is hosting a reception and pre-concert talk at 6 p.m. in the Bodwell Lounge, located on the second floor of the Collins Center. The talk will be conducted by Dan Barrett, who will talk about Metheny’s background, the evolution of his musical style and some of his contributions to jazz.  Dr. Barrett teaches low brass, theory, and jazz courses, and supervises the jazz combo program at the University of Maine.

From the critics…

“Pat Metheny is one of those rare artists whose virtuosity is so fluid that it is no longer a necessary lens through which to view his music. “ — All About Jazz
“One of the most industrious creative engines in jazz, and his relentless breadth has become a calling card “— The New York Times
“Pat Metheny makes an art of interactivity “ — Los Angeles Times
“Pat Metheny has cultivated an extraordinarily broad musical terrain over the last 30 years, exerting substantial influence in the process: as a guitarist, as a composer and conceptualist. “ — The New York Times
Photo credit:  John Peden © 2015