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Al Di Meola
Al Di Meola’s ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned four decades and earned him three Gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. He is a bona fide guitar hero, perennial award favorite (winning more awards than any guitarist living or dead), as well as a prolific composer. Di Meola has amassed over 30 albums as a front man, while collaborating on more than a dozen or so other bands, including fusion super group Return to Forever, with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, the celebrated acoustic Guitar Trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. His dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of fretboard fanatics who regularly flock to his concerts, while the depth of his writing along with the soulfulness of his guitar playing has won him legions of fans beyond the guitar aficionado set. Di Meola has worked with Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Les Paul, Jimmy Page, and Frank Zappa. During a 40-plus year career marked by hugely influential recordings and worldwide tours, Di Meola has regenerated the jazz idiom three times over while dedicating himself to his art. And at age 63, this guitar hero seems inspired to begin a new chapter in his career with the release of Opus in February 2017.