Al Di Meola - the "guitarist of spectacular abilities" (NY Times) lauded both as musical trailblazer and nonpareil technical virtuoso -- will kick off a two-month U.S. tour on January 28th, with his acoustic group World Sinfonia. The dates will follow on the heels of an inspired new live album 'Live From Seattle And Elsewhere,' consisting entirely of Di Meola originals, and slated for full national release on January 12.
Mixing lush, tango-inspired romanticism -- heavily influenced by late Argentine master Astor Piazzolla, a friend and mentor --- with Latin influences drawn both from Spanish traditions and Di Meola's own Italian heritage, 'Live From Seattle And Elsewhere' is a polystylistic triumph.
Di Meola was an icon in the making before the age of 20, exploding onto the scene with his jaw dropping skill and inventiveness as part of legendary jazz-fusion band Return To Forever. He has recorded 26 solo albums throughout his career, selling some 6 million CD's, with three gold-certified albums, and traversed a diverse range of styles from avant-garde to ambient. With World Sinfonia, Di Meola aims to move his audience with a full range of emotions, often mixing fiery passion with delicate arrrangements -- pausing only fleetingly to inspire visible awe with the legendary technique that is his trademark.