Boston, MA – In anticipation of his upcoming performance at the Wilbur Theatre on September 21, the legendary guitarist Pat Metheny takes a moment to share insights with Tyler Alderson and Al Davis about his enduring musical journey and his latest sonic exploration, “Dream Box.”
Pat Metheny, a prolific artist with an impressive discography of 53 albums spanning decades, unveils a uniquely conceived creation in “Dream Box.” Unlike the traditional approach to recording, this album is a culmination of recordings made sporadically over the years, each offering a distinct soundscape and perspective.
The guitarist reveals his unconventional approach to music-making, where he delves into experimentation and research. “I want to hear what this guitar sounds like in this kind of setting,” he explains, emphasizing that his music often serves as a form of exploration. These recordings document his evolving creative process, a glimpse into the sonic possibilities of the electric guitar and his composition experiments.
Metheny’s inclination to document his musical ideas began as a response to his friend Charlie Haden’s request for demos of his compositions. Over time, this practice evolved, with Metheny routinely waking up to write and record new musical fragments. The resulting collection of recordings forms the foundation of “Dream Box.”
As Metheny embarked on a tour, he revisited these recorded snippets, sparking his curiosity and leading to the discovery of forgotten gems. The track “From the Mountains” stands out as a testament to this journey, as he found himself captivated by a piece he had nearly forgotten. The sheer compulsion to listen repeatedly signaled its significance, ultimately prompting him to explore further.
The result is an album featuring nine tracks, each with its unique allure and narrative, carefully selected from this treasure trove of recordings. Metheny’s process of revisiting and recontextualizing his sonic experiments has given birth to “Dream Box,” a musical odyssey that defies conventional boundaries.
As Pat Metheny prepares to take the stage at the Wilbur Theatre, fans can anticipate a performance that embodies his ceaseless quest for musical innovation. “Dream Box” is a testament to an artist who continues to push the boundaries of sonic exploration, an exciting chapter in his illustrious career.