Al Di Meola Quartet
Al Di Meola has enjoyed some four decades of permanent residence in the Mount Olympus of jazz that is the guitar hall of fame. The popularity of this pioneer of the fusion of jazz, rock, and world music is evidenced by a string of awards from expert and audience polls, three gold records for more than six million albums sold on various storage mediums.
Date of EventSaturday, 16. 5. 2020 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 22.00
Event placeForum Karlín
Price700 - 1 200 CZK
- Al Di Meola - guitar
- Fausto Beccalossi - accordion
- Kemuel Roig - piano
- Sergio Martinez - percussion
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Born in Jersey City, Di Meola was so enraptured with the songs of Elvis Presley at high school that he practised the guitar for eight to ten hours a day. His first musical models were the mainstream jazzmen Tal Farlow and Kenny Burrell, but he discovered new stylistic potential thanks to the “Godfather of Fusion”, Larry Coryell. Al Di Meola enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in 1971, joining Barry Miles’ quartet in the second semester. One of their recordings was heard by Chick Corea, who invited him into his band, Return to Forever, in 1974. Alongside the likes of Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, he helped record the successful 1970s LPs Where Have I Known You Before, No Mystery, or Romantic Warrior.
Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke returned the favour for Di Meola’s gramophone debut Land of the Midnight Sun (1976), which included performances by Jaco Pastorius, Steve Gadd, Leny White, and other trailblazing figures of the last decades of the twentieth and start of the twenty-first century. With more than twenty releases under his own name and scores more as a sideman, his list of collaborative partners has grown to immense proportions: Jan Hammer, Anthony Jackson, Airto Moreira, Mino Cinelu, Dino Saluzzi, Rachel Z, Omar Hakim, Peter Erskine, Manu Katché, Vince Mendoza, Phil Collins, Paul Simon, Luciano Pavarotti, Herbie Hancock, John Patitucci, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, or Charlie Haden, to name but a selection. Al Di Meola thrilled listeners with a firestorm of guitar virtuosity on three CDs recorded together with Paco de Lucía and John McLaughlin and on The Rite of Strings with double bassist Stanley Jordan and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.
His 1996 album Di Meola Plays Piazzolla paid tribute to the Argentinian bandoneonist and king of Nuevo Tango. With All Your Life (A Tribute to the Beatles), released just six years ago, he expressed his admiration of the Liverpool classics. Di Meola then merged both these interests in Across the Universe, a project that combined works from the intended second part of his gramophone memorial to the Beatles with his own compositions dedicated to Astor Piazzolla. He is bringing a similar programme to his Prague Spring performance at Forum Karlín on 16 May 2020.
On his journey from the vigorous jazz-rock of Return to Forever, Al Di Meola gradually started giving some leeway to his amplifier’s potentiometer. He replaced high volumes with rich harmonies and clever improvisations, which have imbued his music with a powerful emotional charge equal to the sounds of electronic fusion that make the crowd nod in rapture.