Hartt & Soul Productions Presents: Benefitting One World
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Al Di Meola
Early Show : 7:00 PM
Late Show : 9:30 PM
Al Di Meola’s ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative 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 critical accolades, 3 gold albums, and more than 6 million in record sales worldwide. A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner, and prolific composer, he has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroups: 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 Triow with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. And while 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, the depth of Di Meola’s writing along with the soulfulness and the inherent lyricism of his guitaristic expression have won him legions of fans worldwide beyond the guitar aficionado set. 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 60, this guitar hero seems inspired to begin a new chapter in his career with the release of 2015’s Elysium.