World-music and Latin-jazz pioneer Al Di Meola will return to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on March 26. He last performed at there in February 2019. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
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, three gold albums and more than 6 million in record sales worldwide.
He has recorded more than 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup 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 trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.
A pioneer of blending world music and jazz going back to early Latin-tinged fusion outings like 1976's “Land of the Midnight Sun,” 1977's “Elegant Gypsy” and 1978's “Casino,” Di Meola continues to explore the rich influence of flamenco, tango, Middle Eastern, Brazilian and African music with his World Sinfonia, an ambitious pan-global group that he formed in 1991.
The group’s world music fusion has been documented on such releases as 2000’s “The Grande Passion” (featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra), 2007’s “Live in London,” 2011’s “Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody” and the 2012 DVD, “Morocco Fantasia” (recorded at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco, featuring special guests Said Chraibi on oud, Abdellah Meri on violin and Tari Ben Ali on percussion).
2018 marked a new era for Di Meola: His first of six signed projects with German record label ear music, “OPUS” was released in March.
The Grammy Award-winner said, “With ‘OPUS’ I wanted to further my compositional skills as I think that the evolution of this part of my persona has labelled me more composer/guitarist than guitarist/composer. For the first time in my life, I have written music being happy. I’m in a wonderful relationship with my wife. I have a baby girl and a beautiful family that inspires me every day. I believe it shows in the music.”
In July 2018, Di Meola received the honorary doctorate degree in music from his alma mater, Berklee School of Music.
Tickets are available for purchase at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices and ticketmaster.com.