Juno award winning oud and guitar player Gordon Grdina showcases his latest ensemble featuring world-renowned New York collaborators Russ Lossing –piano, Oscar Noriega –alto sax/clarinet, and Satoshi Takeishi –drums. Inspired by the complexity of Bartok, the freedom of Ornette Coleman, the intensity of Sound Garden and the delicacy of Webern. This carefully formed quartet combines the traditions of jazz improvisation, complex and memorable compositions and a dynamic freedom to the music that ebbs and flows with each tune. More info >>
Presented by Coastal Jazz and Blues Society in association with the Western Front and BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.
Gord Grdina is a Vancouver based oud/guitarist whose sound is a combination of his interests in mainstream jazz, free form improvisation and Arabic classical music. As a protégé of Gary Peacock, Grdina is a well-respected contributor to the jazz and world music scenes who is constantly being sought out for projects in search of a fresh sound. Other current projects of his include the trio Grdina/Houle/Loewen with clarinetist Francois Houle and drummer Kenton Loewen, and the large ensemble Haram featuring many heavy hitting players such as trumpeter JP Carter and bassist Tommy Babin. He has also collaborated and studied with many other artists such as Evan Parker, Paul Motion, Colin Stetson and Benoit Delbeq to name a small few.
Russ Lossing is a renowned jazz/improvising pianist and composer based in New York City. He is know for his unique vision, deep integrity, thoughtfully humanistic voice and his examining musicality. He has worked with countless renowned musicians that include being a member of the Paul Motion Quintet and even studying briefly with the great John Cage.
Oscar Noriega is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has been active in the New York jazz/improvisation scene since 1992. Those he has collaborated with include Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Gerry Hemmingway, Dewey Redman and Paul Motion. Besides the Gord Grdina Quartet he is currently performing with Tim Berne’s Snakeoil and Endangered Blood with Jim Black. He also co-leads the Mexico-inspired Banda De Los Muertos.
Satoshi Takeishi is a drummer/percussionist/arranger from Mito, Japan. He’s been based out of New York since 1991 and has worked in many genres from world music to jazz to contemporary classical to electronic music. He has performed and recorded with many well known artists such as Anthony Braxton, Mark Murphy and Randy Brecker to name only a few.