Although Pat Metheny has performed at North Sea Jazz on many occasions, he seems to be a new artist each time. The American constantly experiments with new styles, sonic explorations, varied group formations and the latest instruments. He was one of the first to explore the Synclavier and the guitar synthesizer and also helped develop the 42-string Pikasso guitar. About this he once said: ‘You can no longer consider it a guitar, it’s no longer one.’ Despite all this, Metheny is considered to be one of the best jazz guitarists in the world. His playing has earned him twenty Grammys – and the appreciation of all the artists with whom he has performed, from Herbie Hancock to David Bowie. This year in Rotterdam he will perform with his quartet consisting of his faithful drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda Oh, and pianist Gwilym Simcock.