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Opus

Al Di Meola

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The tortured artist, the virtuoso overshadowing the composer, all of this is behind him. Now 63 years old, Al Di Meola presents Opus, a first in many respects. Probably annoyed to be seen as nothing else than an artificer on the guitar, the American from Jersey City wants to remind everyone that he’s also a top-tier composer. An ambition he combines with a new personal situation. “This album marks a new era in my life, explains he who topped the charts in 1980 with Friday Night in San Francisco in a trio with his colleagues Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin. For the first time in my life, I have written music being happy! Until now I’ve always been this cliché of the tortured artist who can only write in a very tense context… But now, I’m in a wonderful relationship with my wife, I have a baby girl and a beautiful family that inspire me every day. I believe it shows in my music.”

And Opus indeed exudes serenity. In the richness of its sound, in the multiple colours of melodies, but also in the spaces and silences he inserts in his music, Al Di Meola sculpts simple and beautiful music, in which no filler is ever present. Smooth but not plain, here is an album that will delight his most faithful fans. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz

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1
Milonga Noctiva
00:07:56

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Al Di Meola, Composer, Arranger, Artist, MainArtist - Kemuel Roig, FeaturedArtist

2018 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH 2018 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

2
Broken Heart
00:05:23

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Al Di Meola, Composer, Arranger, Artist, MainArtist

2018 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH 2018 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

3
Ava's Dream Sequence Lullaby
00:10:02

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Al Di Meola, Composer, Arranger, Artist, MainArtist

2018 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH 2018 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

4
Cerreto Sannita
00:05:42

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Al Di Meola, Composer, Arranger, Artist, MainArtist - Kemuel Roig, FeaturedArtist

2018 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH 2018 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

5
Notorious
00:05:04

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Al Di Meola, Composer, Arranger, Artist, MainArtist

2018 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH 2018 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

6
Frozen in Time
00:03:24

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Al Di Meola, Composer, Arranger, Artist, MainArtist

2018 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH 2018 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

7
Escapado
00:04:02

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Al Di Meola, Composer, Arranger, Artist, MainArtist

2018 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH 2018 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

8
Pomp
00:01:41

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Al Di Meola, Composer, Arranger, Artist, MainArtist

2018 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH 2018 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

9
Left Unsaid
00:04:20

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Al Di Meola, Composer, Arranger, Artist, MainArtist

2018 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH 2018 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

10
Insieme
00:05:45

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Al Di Meola, Composer, Arranger, Artist, MainArtist

2018 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH 2018 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

11
Rebels
00:05:03

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Al Di Meola, Composer, Arranger, Artist, MainArtist - Kemuel Roig, FeaturedArtist

2018 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH 2018 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

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The tortured artist, the virtuoso overshadowing the composer, all of this is behind him. Now 63 years old, Al Di Meola presents Opus, a first in many respects. Probably annoyed to be seen as nothing else than an artificer on the guitar, the American from Jersey City wants to remind everyone that he’s also a top-tier composer. An ambition he combines with a new personal situation. “This album marks a new era in my life, explains he who topped the charts in 1980 with Friday Night in San Francisco in a trio with his colleagues Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin. For the first time in my life, I have written music being happy! Until now I’ve always been this cliché of the tortured artist who can only write in a very tense context… But now, I’m in a wonderful relationship with my wife, I have a baby girl and a beautiful family that inspire me every day. I believe it shows in my music.”

And Opus indeed exudes serenity. In the richness of its sound, in the multiple colours of melodies, but also in the spaces and silences he inserts in his music, Al Di Meola sculpts simple and beautiful music, in which no filler is ever present. Smooth but not plain, here is an album that will delight his most faithful fans. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz

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