By Fred Starr
New York,NY(Hollywood Today)9/12/12/—Pat Metheny: The Orchestrion Project, the groundbreaking solo endeavor from one of the most innovative musicians and composers on the scene today. Based on a childhood fascination with his grandfather’s player piano, 19 time Grammy Award winner Pat Metheny, commissioned and built The Orchestrion, a mechanically controlled mini-orchestra capable of responding to his touch on the guitar. This innovative project brought about a completely unique approach to solo performance. The collaboration between this master guitarist and his wildest imagination has resulted in a fascinating and absolutely one of a kind musical experience.
Shot over a two-day period in November 2010 at St. Elias Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, The Orchestrion Project showcases Metheny single-handedly operating this symphony of instruments in one illustrious treat for the senses. The Orchestrion itself is an assemblage of specially designed acoustic instruments, all controlled by Metheny’s guitar. The full array includes several pianos, drum kits, marimbas, “guitar-bots,” dozens of percussion instruments and even cabinets of carefully tuned bottles. Metheny brings this contraption to life with five new pieces written specifically for the Orchestrion alongside compositions from past recordings to showcase the instruments as they are struck, plucked, and otherwise played via the technology of solenoid switches and pneumatics.
“The Orchestrion Project” was filmed by Grammy and Emmy Award winning directors Pierre & François Lamoureux at the former St Elias Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in November 2010 It features Pat Metheny on guitar performing with The Orchestrion Suite as well as other tracks from across Metheny’s prolific career. Also included are four bonus tracks [on disc one of the DVD format] and over an hour of bonus material containing four special features (on disc two of the DVD format).
The program will be available on both 2-disc DVD, single disc 3D/2D Blu-ray, and digitally on October 9, 2012 [Prebook Order Date September 14, MSRP $19.98 for 2DVD, $24.98 for 3D Blu-ray set, and $12.99 Digital].
Unity Village Orchestrion Suite:
3) Entry Point
5) Soul Search
6) Spirit Of The Air
7) Improvisation #2
8) Sueño con México
9) Stranger In Town
10) Improvisation #1
11) 80/81 – Broadway Blues
12) Tell Her You Saw Me
1 The Making Of The Orchestrion Project
2 Pat Metheny Interview
3 The Original EPK
4 A Studio Session: “Orchestrion”
5 A Studio Session: “Expansion”