Pat Metheny Orchestrion Album and Tour Announced

Pat Metheny has announced the upcoming release of his intriguing Orchestrion Project on Nonesuch Records on January 26, 2010. The project features Metheny solo on guitar along with a large ensemble of acoustic instruments—including several pianos, drum kit, marimbas, “guitar-bots,” dozens of percussion instruments and even cabinets of carefully tuned bottles—all of which are played via the technology of solenoid switches and pneumatics.

In a press release received at JT, Metheny explained the genesis of the project. “As the instruments started to trickle in from the various inventors,” Metheny said, “the experience of writing for them and figuring out what might be possible with them provided a self-imposed challenge that proved to be difficult and time-consuming, but absolutely exhilarating. I am excited to share this project. If nothing else, this has turned out to be something unique. And in the process of developing all this music and these instruments and discovering what they can do and what they are good at, I learned so much. It feels like progress and has gotten some notes out of me that I didn’t know were there. But the surprise was just how far I was able to go with it all. Within this new environment, I found something in there that took me to some new places.”

In addition, the guitarist will take his “instruments” on an extensive tour of performances throughout the U.S.

Tour Dates for Pat Metheny & the Orchestrion Project:

April 6 Morgantown, WV Creative Arts Center
April 7 Chapel Hill, NC UNC Chapel Hill
April 8 Atlanta, GA Ferst Center for the Arts
April 9 Clearwater, FL Ruth Echerd Hall
April 10 Miami, FL Fillmore
April 11 Gainesville, FL Phillips Center
April 13 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre
April 14 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre
April 16 Santa Fe, NM Lensic Performing Arts Center
April 17 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center
April 18 Tucson, AZ Fox Tucson Theatre
April 19 Los Angeles, CA Disney Concert Hall
April 20 Santa Barbara, CA Campbell Hall UCSB
April 21 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre
April 23 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort Theatre
April 24 San Francisco, CA Zellerbach Hall
April 25 Napa, CA Napa Valley Opera House
April 26 Santa Cruz, CA Civic Auditorium
April 28 Portland, OR Alladin Theater
April 29 Olympia, WA Washington Center for the Performing Arts
April 30 Seattle, WA Meany Hall
May 1 Vancouver, BC Centre for Performing Arts
May 2 Eugene, OR Silva Concert Hall
May 4 Salt Lake City, UT Kingsbury Hall
May 5 Denver, CO Paramount Theater
May 7 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
May 8 St. Louis, MO Touhill Performing Arts Center
May 9 St. Paul, MN Fitzgerald Theater
May 10 Chicago, IL Orchestra Hall
May 12 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theater
May 13 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
May 14 Detroit, MI Music Hall
May 15 Lorain, OH The Palace
May 16 Poughkeepsie, NY Bardavon Theatre
May 18 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre
May 19 Bethesda, MD Music Center at Strathmore
May 20 Boston, MA Orpheum
May 21-22 New York, NY Town Hall

1 Comment

  • Jan 25, 2010 at 10:03AM EricSinger

    As Director of LEMUR, the group who created most of the instruments for the Orchestrion, I was thrilled to be a part of this project. If you want to hear more work on LEMUR's instruments, check out LEMUR's other videos at lemurbots.org

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