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