Pat Metheny to play Prague's Forum Karlín

The jazz guitarist will be giving an overview of his career

Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny's world tour will hit Prague's Forum Karlín on June 4. The show promises music from throughout his career and, possibly, a taste of newly written, unheard material.

Although Metheny released two records last year — The Unity Sessions, taken from a live DVD with his Unity Group, and Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny, a collaboration with his long-time trumpeter Cuong Vu — the tour is independent from those recordings.

“The usual process for me over these years has been … write some music, make a record, do a tour. I wanted to break that pattern a bit this time,” Metheny said on his website. “I thought it would be fun and interesting to put together a really select group of musicians who could cover the widest range of everything I have done previously and could also possibly develop into something beyond that.”

The tour will begin on April 15 at the Wichita Jazz Festival in the US and then jumps to Europe starting in Italy for five shows in May and eventually closes on Nov. 17 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The American guitarist will be accompanied by Gwilym Simcock on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Antonio Sánchez on drums.

Metheny's accomplishments span throughout 42 recordings, with about 20 million copies sold. He has performed with renowned artists from the jazz, rock and fusion scene, such as Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock and David Bowie, to name a few. His accolades include 20 Grammy Awards in 12 separate categories and a place in the DownBeat Hall of Fame since 2013.

British pianist Gwilym Simcock has toured with big names of the jazz-fusion scene such as Dave Holland, Bill Bruford, Bob Mintzer and Bobby McFerrin. Simcock, well-versed in both jazz and classical music, won the Rising Star at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2005. His 2011 album Good Days At Schloss Elmau was nominated in the UK for a Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. He currently co-leads the jazz supergroup the Impossible Gentlemen.

Linda Oh, a bassist and composer of Malaysian origin, has performed with musicians such as Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Kenny Barron and Terri Lyne Carrington, and has been very active for the past few years on the New York scene, where Metheny discovered her. She has released three solo albums to date: Entry, in 2009, and Initial Here and Sun Pictures in 2012.

Rounding out the ensemble is Mexican drummer Antonio Sánchez, who has worked with Metheny since 2000. Sánchez has recorded and performed with greats of jazz such as Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, John Patitucci, Paquito D'Rivera and Gary Burton. Recently, he has received additional attention for his Birdman original film score (2014), which won the Sound Stars Award for best Film Score at the 2014 Venice Film Festival.

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