Presented with Coastal Jazz and Blues Society in association with Western Front
“A guitar player of unbridled musical ingenuity. Few musicians—especially guitarists and oud players—have a vision as broad and seemingly limitless as him.” ~World Music Report
“Gordon Grdina has managed to place a finger in every corner of the jazz/world fusion room." ~Pop Matters
Juno-winning Vancouver based Oud/Guitarist Gordon 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. 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 combines the traditions of jazz improvisation, complex and memorable compositions and a dynamic freedom to the music that ebbs and flows with each tune. With Oscar Noriega saxophone, Russ Lossing piano and Satoshi Takeishi drums.
*This is a general admission performance - the seats are on a first
come, first served basis when you arrive at the venue. Doors open 1/2
hour prior to start of performance.
About Western Front
Established in 1973 the Western Front is one of Canada’s leading artist-run centres for contemporary art and new music. They produce and present visual art, exhibitions, new music concerts and workshops, media-art residencies, performance art and other artist-driven initiatives. The Western Front currently maintains programs in Exhibitions, Media Art and New Music, as well as an extensive archive of audio-visual materials. Through this diverse programming they continue to be a crucial platform for interdisciplinary, experimental art practices in Canada and internationally. www.front.bc.ca