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Nonesuch Releases Debut Recording from Pat Metheny Unity Group, "Kin (←→)," on February 4; World Tour Begins February 3

Pat Metheny Unity Group: Kin (←→) [cover]

Last year, for the first time since 1980, guitarist Pat Metheny recorded with a band that highlighted tenor saxophone. Unity Band, which went on to win Metheny his 20th Grammy Award, featured Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass. Now, Metheny has added another musician, multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi, and christened the ensemble Pat Metheny Unity Group. The Group’s first record, Kin (←→), will be released by Nonesuch on February 4, 2014. Pre-orders are available now in the Nonesuch Store and patmetheny.com and come with an exclusive print of the album cover art autographed by Metheny.

The Pat Metheny Unity Group will tour to 44 cities throughout North America this winter, beginning February 3, then tour Europe from April through June. See below for all of the currently scheduled dates; for additional details and ticket links, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

Metheny says of this new Group, “The core quartet of Chris, Ben, Antonio, and me played more than 100 concerts over the year that followed the release of our Unity Band record. Over the course of that period, the band became one of those rare combinations of players where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; it gelled in every way, and that just seemed to beg for expansion and further research.” He continues, “Simultaneously, I had been itching to write using more of a lush and orchestrated kind of concept that went beyond the sonic limits of what a straight-ahead quartet might invoke. But I really didn’t want to lose the energy, focus, and intensity of what this band had developed. I wanted to take it further. If the first Unity Band record was a thoughtful, black and white documentary of four musicians in a recording studio playing, this record is more like the Technicolor, IMAX version of what a band like this could be—but with that hardcore thing still sitting right in the middle of it all.”

Over the course of more than three decades, guitarist Pat Metheny has set himself apart from the jazz mainstream, expanding and blurring boundaries and musical styles. His record-setting body of work includes 20 Grammy Awards in 12 separate categories; a series of influential trio recordings; award-winning solo albums; scores for hit Hollywood motion pictures; and collaborations and duets with major artists such as Ornette Coleman, Steve Reich, Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau, and many others. His band the Pat Metheny Group, founded in 1977, is the only ensemble in history to win Grammys for seven consecutive releases.

PAT METHENY UNITY GROUP ON TOUR 2014

Feb 3 Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center Jackson, MS
Feb 5 The Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
Feb 6 Curtis M. Phillips Center for Performing Arts Gainesville, FL
Feb 7 Knight Concert Hall, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Miami, FL
Feb 8 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
Feb 9 Mahaffey Theater St. Petersburg, FL
Feb 11 Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Virginia Beach, VA
Feb 12 Carolina Theatre Durham, NC
Feb 13 Jefferson Center Roanoke, VA
Feb 14 Knight Theater, Levine Center for the Arts Charlotte, NC
Feb 15 Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, George Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA
Feb 16 Ryman Auditorium  Nashville, TN              
Feb 18 Heymann Performing Arts Center Lafayette, LA
Feb 19 Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater Austin, TX
Feb 20 House of Blues Houston, TX
Feb 21 House of Blues Dallas, TX
Feb 23 Chandler Center for the Arts Chandler, AZ
Feb 24 The Smith Center Las Vegas, NV
Feb 25 Valley Peforming Arts Center Northridge, CA
Feb 28 Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA
Mar 1 Jaqua Concert Hall Eugene, OR
Mar 2 Newmark Theater Portland, OR
Mar 3 Vogue Theatre Vancouver, BC
Mar 4 Moore Theater Seattle, WA
Mar 6 Lincoln Center Fort Collins, CO
Mar 7 Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
Mar 8 Topeka Performing Arts Center Topeka, KS
Mar 9 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
Mar 10 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI
Mar 11 Symphony Center Chicago, IL
Mar 13 Capitol Theatre Columbus, OH
Mar 14 The Palladium Carmel, IN
Mar 15 Lawrence Memorial Chapel, Lawrence University Appleton, WI
Mar 16 Fitzgerald Theater St. Paul, MN
Mar 18 Massey Hall Toronto, ON
Mar 19 Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
Mar 20 Proctors Schenectedy, NY
Mar 21 Music Center at Strathmore North Bethesda, MD
Mar 22 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
Mar 23 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ
Mar 25 Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
Mar 26 Fine Arts Center, UMass Amherst, MA
Mar 27 Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA
Mar 28 The Town Hall New York, NY
     
Apr 25 Pramogų Arena Vilnius, LITHUANIA
Apr 26 Riga Congress Centre Riga, LATVIA
Apr 27 Nokia Concert Hall Tallinn, ESTONIA
Apr 28 Finlandia Hall Helsinki, FINLAND
May 1 Musikhuset Aarhus Aarhus, DENMARK
May 3 Falconer Theatre Copenhagen, DENMARK
May 4 Concert Hall Gothenburg, SWEDEN
May 6 Concert Hall Stravanger, NORWAY
May 7 Rokeriet USF Bergen, NORWAY
May 8 Bjørnsonhuset Molde, NORWAY
May 9 Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim Trondheim, NORWAY
May 10 Oslo Konserthus Oslo, NORWAY
May 11 Stockholm Waterfront Stockholm, SWEDEN
May 13 Tempodrom Berlin, GERMANY
May 14 Die Glocke Bremen, GERMANY
May 15 Philharmonie Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
May 16 Alte Oper Frankfurt, GERMANY
May 17 Mitsubishi Electrik Halle Dusseldorf, GERMANY
May 19 Laeiszhalle Hamburg, GERMANY
May 21 Kammgarn Kaiserlautern, GERMANY
May 22 Konzerthaus Dortmund, GERMANY
May 23 Obserschwabenhalle Revensburg, GERMANY
May 24 Philharmonie Munich, GERMANY
May 25 Kongresshaus Zurich Zurich, SWITZERLAND
May 27 Kodaly Center Pecs, HUNGARY
May 28 Művészetek Palotája Budapest, HUNGARY
Jun 3 Olympia Paris, FRANCE
Jun 4 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, BELGIUM
Jun 5 Théâtre Municipal Raymond Devos Tourcoing, FRANCE
Jun 6 Arcadium Annecy, FRANCE
Jun 8 Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht, NETHERLANDS
Jun 10 The Lowery Manchester, UK
Jun 11 Hammersmith Apollo London, UK
     

 

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