April is International Guitar Month! Because the Life As A Human team has several guitarists and many guitar fans, we’re celebrating International Guitar Month with features about some of our favourite musicians and their guitars.
Pat Metheny is a truly remarkable guitar player, a uniquely gifted musician and a prolific composer. Always melodic, always interesting, I hear new things every time I listen to him play. It is my opinion that a century from now, history will look back on his music in the same way we look back at Chopin and his body of work.
As a guitar player myself, it is the freedom and ease with which he explores new musical avenues that has been a huge source of inspiration to me. Recently, a very good friend of mine sent me an amazing video clip called “Pat Metheny Introduces “Orchestrion”. While this piece is just an example of his musical journeying, I know you will find it fascinating and very enjoyable to watch.
In this seven-minute film, Pat Metheny walks viewers through the Orchestrion experience, explaining its origins and performing music from the adventurous solo recording that pairs the composer-guitarist with a phalanx of remarkable, custom-made instruments, played via solenoid switches and pneumatics. – Nonesuch Records
All pictures are screenshots from the video clip from Nonesuch Records
Special thanks to Mauro A. for pointing this video out to me.