Skip Links

Pat Metheny Unity Group - Music at the House

24 October 2014

Venue: Concert Hall  View Seat Map
Presented by: Sydney Opera House

Book Now

A rare and highly-anticipated Australian performance by one of the world’s great jazz-guitarists, backed by his world-class band.

Description

with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams & Giulio Carmassi

Celebrating his 60th birthday with his first Sydney Opera House performance in nearly 20 years, 20-time Grammy-winning guitar legend Pat Metheny returns with the career-encompassing Unity Group – leading his virtuosic quartet from the iconic ECM days, classic duets, and groundbreaking Orchestrion through to the dreamy cascades of last year's KIN (←→).

with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams & Giulio Carmassi

Celebrating his 60th birthday with his first Sydney Opera House performance in nearly 20 years, 20-time Grammy-winning guitar legend Pat Metheny returns with the career-encompassing Unity Group – leading his virtuosic quartet from the iconic ECM days, classic duets, and groundbreaking Orchestrion through to the dreamy cascades of last year's KIN (←→).

Lauded for his expansive sets and powerhouse world tours, the Downbeat Hall-of-Famer has journeyed from his prodigious early years with Gary Burton and Ornette Coleman to a 100,000-strong finale to the prestigious Montreal International Jazz Festival. Enveloping breakneck improvisations, latin textures and transcendent solos with his signature melodious touch, Metheny's visionary career has introduced a spectral beauty to the world through his number one breakthrough American Garage (1980) and the fusion-defining Still Life (Talking) (1987), cementing the Metheny-Mays songwriting partnership in the echelon of Lennon-McCartney and Ellington-Strayhorn. Since forging the guitar to the forefront of modern jazz, the Kansas City native has guided genre-bending collaborations with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Joni Mitchell and Steve Reich, whilst continually pushing the limits of his instrument with the guitar synthesizer, a custom 42-string guitar, and his years-in-the-making Orchestrion – a monolithic, mechanised wall of instruments conceived and controlled by Metheny himself.

Now leading his most ambitious ensemble yet in the Unity Group – featuring Mexican-raised drum phenomenon Antonio Sanchez, Chris Potter (tenor saxophone), Ben Willams (bass) and multi-instrumentalist Guilo Carmassi – Metheny has pushed his mercurial sound to harmonious new heights whilst snapping back to the halcyon days of the Pat Metheny Group. Proving ever-inventive with a boundless chemistry 'more like the technicolour, IMAX version of what a band could be', Metheny will take to the Concert Hall stage in a rare Sydney appearance, returning audiences to the peerless sweep of one of jazz's most dazzling performers alive.


More Info

Pricing Information

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.  Please note that the only authorised seller for this event is the Sydney Opera House. Ticket purchase from unauthorised sellers is discouraged. In accordance with our Ticket Terms & Conditions, tickets sold at a premium by unauthorised sellers may result in the bearers being refused admission.

Standard $79.90 - $99.90
*Standing Room (see conditions) $20
Booking fee applies per transaction

$8.50 - Contact Centre
$8.50 - Internet
$5.00 - Box Office Counter

Pricing Information Explained

Pricing Information Explained

For events which offer concession pricing, if you purchase concession tickets, please ensure you have your Proof of Concession with you when you attend an event.
*$20 standing room tickets: a limited number are available for this performance, valid for Healthcare cardholders and patrons 20 years or younger. Patrons must purchase tickets in person from the Sydney Opera House box office along with presentation of Healthcare card and/or proof of age. Limit of 2 per person, while stock lasts.

Ticket Booking Enquiries: For all general booking enquiries please email the Contact Centre or call on +61 2 9250 7777 for more information.

Groups Bookings: Please email the Group Booking team or call on +61 2 9250 7700 for more information.

Insider Prices: Insiders are Sydney Opera House members. Insiders get waived booking fees, up to 20% off Sydney Opera House Presents shows and more.  Limited number of Insider price tickets available for this event - allocation of Insider price tickets has now been exhausted. More Info

Performance Dates

Friday 24 October 2014, 9pm

Running Time: 2.5 hours, no interval

Reviews

**** 'Metheny is a guitar superstar' – the Guardian UK

***** 'Flawless' – the Guardian UK

***** 'Brought the most rapturous audience gratitude on a memorable night' – the Guardian UK

'One of the most enterprising jazz musicians of his generation' – New York Times

'A standing ovation followed by four encores and four more ovations speaks for itself' – Jazz Journal

'Pat Metheny Unity Group is the new Pat Metheny Group' – All About Jazz

'A masterclass' – Q Magazine

Links

'Have You Heard' [live in Japan]
   
'Introduction –The Way Up' [live]

'Orchestrion' [live preview]

'Are You Going with Me' [music video]

Leave a comment


Skip Links