Go to Al Di Meola‚Äôs website (http://www.aldimeola.com) and look at his itinerary for this year alone. It‚Äôs a reflection of his worldwide popularity. After a splendid career spanning thirty years and exploring a variety of styles, Al Di Meola still ranks among the most popular guitar masters of jazz fusion and jazz-rock.
Now this guitar virtuoso and composer is embarking on an Australian tour. In March 2010 Al and his band will play in Perth, Sydney, Bellingen, Byron Bay, Newcastle, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kuranda, Parramatta and Canberra. They will also play three cities in New Zealand, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
voted ‚Äúworlds best guitarist” several times by Guitar Player Magazine‚Ä¶
A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner and virtuoso of the highest order, Al Di Meola has also been recognized over the past 30 years as a prolific composer and respected artist with over 20 recordings as a leader. His creative output to date is staggering, whether it‚Äôs with his current World Sinfonia band or past musical endeavors like his electric Tour de Force group with Jan Hammer, Anthony Jackson, Steve Gadd and Mingo Lewis, the internationally acclaimed Trio with fellow guitar superstars John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, the Rite of Strings trio with Stanley Clarke and Jean-Luc Ponty or the ‚Äė70s fusion supergroup Return To Forever with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of fretboard aficionados who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola‚Äôs writing along with the soulfulness and his inherent lyricism of his guitaristic expression have won him legions of fans worldwide beyond the six-string set.
Guitar historian Robert Lynch has this to say about Di Meola‚Äôs significance:
‚ÄúIn the history of the electric guitar, no one figure has done more to advance the instrument in a purely technical manner than Al Di Meola. His total command of the various styles and scales is simply mind-boggling.‚ÄĚ
03/05/2010 – Perth, Australia
03/07/2010 – Sydney, Australia
03/09/2010 – Bellingen, Australia
03/10/2010 – Byron Bay, Australia
03/12/2010 – Sydney, Australia
03/13/2010 – Sydney, Australia
03/15/2010 – Brisbane, Australia
03/18/2010 – Auckland, New Zealand
03/19/2010 – Christchurch, New Zealand
03/22/2010 – Wellington, New Zealand
03/25/2010 – Melbourne, Australia
03/26/2010 – Adelaide, Australia
03/27/2010 – Canberra, Australia
03/29/2010 – Newcastle, Australia