Lyle Mays

Lyle Mays will be on campus Feb. 22-25, 2010 as this year's Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies guest artist. In addition to daytime sessions that are open to all students, he will perform in a quartet with UNT Jazz Faculty members on Feb. 23 at McDavid Studio in Ft. Worth, and with the One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Steve Wiest, and Jazz Faculty members on Feb. 25 at Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center on the UNT Denton campus. Tickets for Feb. 25 may be purchased at

Two documents follow: Lyle Mays's official bio, and the tentative schedule of his visit.

Lyle Mays has been an integral part of the Pat Metheny Group since its inception (in 1977) and has co-written much of the consistently engaging music for the multi-Grammy-winning group's albums. Lyle's sense of melody, crystal clear virtuosity and almost cinematic scope of orchestration has clearly distinguished the group's sound. Music has been a large part of Lyle's life for as long as he can remember. Born (1953) into a musical family in Wausaukee, Wisconsin, he was always encouraged to explore new forms of expression. As a teenager, Lyle attended jazz summer camps and studied with such talents as Rich Matteson and Marian McPartland. He then studied composition and arrangement at North Texas State University before touring with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd. While appearing at the 1975 Wichita Jazz Festival, Lyle met twenty year old guitarist, Pat Metheny. Lyle moved to Boston in 1977, and the two formed a musical alliance that has proven to be among the most artistically successful of the past two decades. In addition to winning 11 Grammy Awards with the Pat Metheny Group, Lyle has been nominated 4 times for his own work.

Lyle Mays:
2000 Solo Improvisations for Expanded Piano. The album is a unique mixture of improvisation and composition utilizing the grand piano, Midi piano, computer and electronics.
1993 Fictionary featuring Jack DeJohnette and Marc Johnson
1989 Street Dreams
1986 Lyle Mays , his first solo album,
1981 As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, a duet recording with Pat Metheny featuring percussionist, Naná Vasconcelos.

With Pat Metheny Group:
2005 The Way Up
2002 Speaking of Now
1997 Imaginary Day
1996 Quartet
1995 We Live Here
1993 The Road To You
1989 Letter From Home
1987 Still Life (Talking)
1985 Falcon And The Snowman (Soundtrack)
1984 First Circle
1983 Travels
1982 Offramp
1981 As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
1979 American Garage
1978 Pat Metheny Group

1994 Composed and performed the film score for Mustang; The Hidden Kingdom for Discovery Productions. The story, narrated by Harrison Ford, tells of a Buddhist enclave critical to the preservation of Tibet's cultural heritage. Composed and recorded the soundtrack for the video entitled The Lion and the Lamb, narrated by Amy Grant and Christopher Reeve, produced by Rabbit Ears Productions.
1993 Composed and recorded the soundtrack for the video and CD release by Rabbit Ears Productions: Moses the Law Giver, narrated by Ben Kingsley.
1992 Composed and recorded the soundtrack for the video and CD release for Rabbit Ears Productions: East of the Sun and West of the Moon, a Norwegian folk tale narrated by Max Von Sydow.
1986 Composed and recorded the soundtrack for the video and CD release of the renowned children's story for Rabbit Ears Productions: The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Mr. Jeremy Fisher, narrated by Meryl Streep. Orphans - This play, directed by Gary Sinise, featured an assortment of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays music. The play opened at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, moved to off-Broadway in New York City and concluded its run in London where Albert Finney joined the cast.
1985 Co-wrote the score with Metheny for the hit film, The Falcon And The Snowman, with its international hit, "This is Not America"; the lyrics written and performed by David Bowie.
1984 Fandango, a Warner Brothers Pictures release, produced by Stephen Spielberg and directed by Kevin Reynolds, features approximately nine minutes of music from the Lyle Mays/Pat Metheny album, As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, in the motion picture score. Lyle was featured on the soundtrack for the film Mrs. Soffel starring Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson.

Other Activities

1994 Lyle composed the piece "12 Days in the Shadow" of a Miracle as a commissioned piece for the Debussy Trio. 1988 Composed 3 chamber music pieces this year: "Somewhere in Maine": For violin, marimba and tape, commissioned and recorded by the group, Marimolin. "Balances": Performed by the renown Boston-based contemporary composers group, Composers in Red Sneakers. "Varying Lengths": The piece was composed for 7 percussionists and synthesizer. Its premiere was conducted by Barry Jekowsky and performed by members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
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Tentative Schedule for Lyle Mays's residency
All sessions are open to UNT students.

Monday, February 22
11:00 – 12:00 Open Forum – Murphy (Kenton—Room 282)
1:00 – 2:00 Rehearsal with the One O’Clock – Wiest (Kenton—Room 282)
4:00 – 5:00 Small Group Forum – Karlsson (Kenton—Room 282)
7:00 – 9:00 Rehearsal with Jazz Faculty (Kenton—Room 282)

Tuesday, February 23
10:00 – 10:50 Jazz Improvisation – Seaton ( Room 262)
1:00 – 2:00 Rehearsal with the One O’Clock – Wiest (Kenton—Room 282)
2:00 - 3:15 Jazz Lecture Series – Murphy (Recital Hall—Room 301)
7:30 – 9:00 Concert with Jazz Faculty (McDavid Studio)

Wednesday, February 24
10:00 – 10:50 Jazz History – Murphy (Kenton—Room 282)
11:00 – 12:00 Jazz Arranging – Sato (Kenton—Room 282)
1:00 – 2:00 Rehearsal with the One O’Clock – Wiest (Kenton—Room 282)
3:00 – 4:00 Jazz Piano Masterclass – Karlsson (Kenton—Room 282)
7:00 – 9:00 Rehearsal with the One O’Clock – Wiest (Kenton—Room 282) (if needed)

Thursday, February 25
11:00 – 12:00 Working with Advanced Composers – Sato/Wiest (Room 292)
1:00 – 4:00 Sound check & rehearsal (Winspear – Murchison)
8:00 – 10:00 Concert (Winspear) This concert will not be streamed on the web.