Pat Metheny Unity Group – KIN (←→)

I dig Pat Metheny. He is a creative musician who composes and performs rich, textured music that I love to get lost inside.  I was informed this past week that the Pat Metheny Unity Group will be releasing a new album,  KIN (←→).

My affinity for vinyl prompted me to pre-order the German pressed 140-gram 2 LP set that includes a complete CD and an exclusive print of the cover art signed by Pat himself 😉

I love the graphics design for the album cover.

“The core quartet of Chris, Ben, Antonio and I played over 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. Concurrently, I had been kind of itching to write more in the style that I had developed over the years with my regular groups and projects where there is a lush and more orchestrated kind of compositional conception 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.” ~ Pat Metheny

The Pat Metheny Unity Group consists of Pat Metheny (Guitar), Chris Potter (Sax), Antonio Sanchez (Drums), Ben Williams (Bass), and Giulio Carmassi (Multi-Instrumentalist).

I see that the Pat Metheny Unity Group has announced a world tour and that a concert is taking place at the Quick Center for the Arts on the Fairfield University campus on March 25th, 2014. I plan to make that our first concert ticket buy for 2014 😉


Orchestrion (Pat Metheny album)
Orchestrion (Pat Metheny album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Widening Horizon – Olga Spiegel

My favorite musical genre the past decade has been jazz. I enjoy jazz for the improvisation and inventiveness of the musicians, the instruments that they master and the nature of the compositions.

Jazz appeals to my intellect. It is the most stimulating of all the music genres I listen to and that I absorb into my consciousness.

I love jazz because I encounter it a technical person as cerebral. Jazz takes me on profound and satisfying journeys.

The jazz musician I journey with most innately is Pat Metheny. I have seen Pat Metheny in concert several times live. He has taken me on some memorable, breath-taking excursions. Give a listen to Orchestrion or We Live Here and you will understand why I make such claims. I trust you will be transported.


How Music Works – David Byrne

David Byrne maintains regular communications with friends and fans through his e-mail newsletter. He informed his extended audience today that he has written and published  a new book, How Music WorksIt will be available on September 12, 2012.

According to David Byrne: It examines how music is affected by a multitude of contexts—financial, technical, social, and architectural. There are personal anecdotes and pictures and some pie charts, as well.

David Byrne’s command of music’s sociological dimensions coupled with his role  as a purveyor makes this book an irresistible journalism choice.

Rock Art Poster Fair – The Museum at Bethel Woods, Center for the Arts

The Rock Poster SocietyI am a member of the rock poster society, I love being a music poster collector. I noticed on their Web site that there is going to be a rock poster event taking place at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, at the end of this month. The museum has curated a special exhibit for rock music fans.

April 01, 2012 thru July 22, 2012
 Bethel Woods Rock Art Poster Fair - April 28-29, 2012
On the weekend of April 28 & 29 there will be a Rock Art Poster Fair with lots of related, special events. We are thinking of attending the lecture and  poster signing event on the 28th.

International Festival of Arts and Ideas 2012 – New Haven, Ct.

We love our role as patrons of the arts. It is vibrant and exciting for us to live in-between New York City and New Haven, Connecticut. The arts experiences at our disposal are monumental, ever expressive and continually innovative.

One such arts festival is the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, a 15 day event held every summer at various event locations in and around New Haven. This year marks the 17th annual event.


I was pleased to receive an invitation by e-mail today to attend the Festival 2012 Season Announcement & Member Preview Party to be held Tuesday, March 27th at The Study at Yale, 1157 Chapel StreetThis is a very distinct honor that has been extended to us. We will be in the vanguard of early patrons to learn all about the 2012 season schedule. We will be some of the first people allowed to purchase tickets to various events on sale that evening.

Here’s to a great International Festival of Arts and Ideas 2012 in historic New Haven, Connecticut.

International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Sex, Hope, & Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Writings of Ellen Willis

Earlier today I was looking for a music topic to write about for my blog. I happened upon an article on that caught my interest. Being a devout fan of music books and music writers, I thankfully stumbled across an important new book I want to share with you.

The book is entitled Out of the Vinyl Deeps, Ellen Willis on Rock MusicThe book is an anthology of Ellen Willis’s writings cultivated by her daughter, Nona Willis Aronowitz, Editor.

One of my all time favorite music critics is Ellen Willis. I found her writings and musings  fresh, intellectual, articulate, and simpatico with the rock music scene as it was unfolding unto our ears in the late 60s and early 70s.

Ellen Willis was The New Yorker‘s first pop critic from 1968 to 1975, and her essays made the connection between music, pleasure and politics. I associate Ellen Willis’s writing more with Rolling Stone Magazine than I do with The New Yorker. I read with intense passion, Ellen’s interpretation of musicians and the sociological-cultural impact on our generation maturation

A unique music conference was held at NYU on April 30th, it was called “Sex, Hope and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Writings of Ellen Willis”. The conference was designed to honor, remember, and critically situate the acclaimed New York writer Ellen Willis (1941-2006) and her work across politics, gender, and popular culture, with a special attention to her unique contribution to intellectual history within the fields of music journalism and feminist cultural criticism.

I urge you to read more about the literary and cultural event that I so wished I attended here and here.

I’m adding this book to my Amazon Wish List and looking forward to the time after I complete graduate school to catch up on my music book reading.