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“A guitar player of unbridled musical ingenuity,” writes World Music Report of Gordon Grdina. “Few musicians—especially guitarists and oud players—have a vision as broad and seemingly limitless as him.”
Juno Award-winning Vancouver-based oud player/guitarist Grdina is known for his incredible versatility and ability to bring a fresh and edgy vibe to any ensemble he joins or forms. His sound is a combination of his interests in mainstream jazz, free-form improvisation and Arabic classical music. A protégé of jazz great Gary Peacock, he is a well-respected contributor to the jazz and world music scenes and is constantly being sought out for new projects. As Pop Matters says, “Gordon Grdina has managed to place a finger in every corner of the jazz/world fusion room.”
His latest ensemble, the Gordon Grdina Quartet, is inspired by the complexity of Bartok, the freedom of Ornette Coleman, the intensity of Soundgarden, and the delicacy of Webern. His carefully formed quartet of Oscar Noriega (saxophone), Russ Lossing (piano), and Satoshi Takeishi (drums) combines the traditions of jazz improvisation, complex and memorable compositions, and a dynamic freedom to the music that ebbs and flows with each tune.