Al Di Meola
Line-up: Al Di Meola - guitar, Peo Alfonsi - guitar, Peter Kaszas - drums, percussion
Combining passion, intelligence and outstanding technique in music, Al Di Meola is one of the most prominent virtuosos and most influential guitarists in the contemporary instrumental jazz field. Each concert of his is a true highlight!
Al Di Meola's highly celebrated career has spanned a wide range of emotions, developing into a unique style embodying the artist s world-inspired influences. From the beginning of his solo career, where records like 'Land of the Midnight Sun', 'Elegant Gypsy' and 'Casino' were amongst the highest- selling records of any instrumental artist at that time, Al Di Meola continues to make startling achievements in pioneering jazz music. Al Di Meola, again and again, reveals himself as a seasoned gifted contemporary composer and a player of deepening grace and evocative lyricism. He has been continually sited by many prominent music critics around the world for his virtuosic guitar work and compositions. Al's complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies, always incorporating, sophisticated harmony at the root of these serious but heart felt works is central and foremost to his style. Influenced greatly by jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, Di Meola had enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston, here his marathon practice sessions are still the stuff of legends. After a brief stint with keyboardist Barry Miles, Al Di Meola was tapped by Chick Corea in 1974 - at the age of 19. His awesome technique and musical depth can be traced back to the debut album with Chick Corea - 'Return to Forever' in 1974. 1980 marked the triumph of the 'Super Guitar Trio' with Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin. The record 'Friday Night in San Francisco' became a landmark recording resulting in wide acclaimwhich surpassed two million records in sales. They toured from 1980 through 1983 and reunited for a third CD 'Guitar Trio' in 1996 followed by a world tour. In early 1996, Al Di Meola formed a new trio with the likes of Jean Luc Ponty and Stanley Clarke named 'The Rite of Strings'.