For the Record: Pat Metheny - The Kid from Kansas City

A Talk by Dr Tony Makarome

Pat Metheny was inducted into the DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame in 2013, and has sold over 20 million records worldwide. A legendary guitarist with a unique style that defies categorisation, Metheny truly epitomises the jazz characteristic: "voice of the individual".

Dr Makarome discusses Metheny’s music and brings listeners on a journey, discovering the evolution of Metheny’s musical voice, starting with recordings made in the 1970s for his first solo work, to the Pat Metheny Group with Lyle Mays, and his rich and varied work with legendary jazz greats such as Ornette Coleman and Charlie Haden.

About the speaker:

Conductor, composer and bassist Dr Tony Makarome is an Associate Professor at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (National University of Singapore). He has a Doctor of Musical Arts (Orchestral Conducting) from University of Southern Carolina and a BA in Composition from Berklee College of Music. His teachers are George Monseur, Attilio Poto, Robert Spano, Miroslav Vitous, Herb Pomeroy, Robert Freedman, T. R. Sundaresan and R. Karthikeyan. His conducting highlights include premiering Procaccini’s opera La Prima Notte (USA), successful seasons as prompter at the Columbia Lyric Opera, and serving as conductor of the NUS Wind Symphony and Yong Siew Toh New Music Ensemble.

Dr Makarome’s woodwind quintet Scifi Lounge (2006) premiered in Bangkok and his Name with No Street string quartet performed in Shanghai and Hunan. Other works include East Wind (solo percussion), which was performed at Esplanade in Four Dimensional Music, and his opera Faybulous, which premiered at Pawley’s Island Music Festival (USA). His arrangements of Seven Steps to Heaven and Asiana have been performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the China Broadcasting Folk Orchestra (Beijing).

As bassist, he has performed with Louis Bellson, Greg Fishman, Tony Bennett, Toshiki Nunokawa, Michael Veerapan, and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra and Quartet West. He performed carnatic music in Chennai Music Season (2011 and 2012), and his jazz group Noir appeared in Esplanade’s Late Nite series.

Dr Makarome is considered a leading pedagogue of solfège, theory and jazz. During the summer, he serves as an award-winning teacher at the Walden School (USA). He co-wrote, produced and performed in Jazz 1-2-3, the successful interactive “edu-musical”with Rani Singam, in collaboration with Esplanade and NAC. Current projects include Esplanade’s jazz mentorship programme Bright Young Things and a musicianship course for Perkamus.

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