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Gordon Grdina

Gordon 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. A protégé of jazz great Gary Peacock, he is a well-respected contributor to the jazz and world music scenes constantly being sought out for projects that need a fresh sound. On Guitar Gordon leads the Vancouver groove trio Loose Acoustic www.looseacoustic.com which has recorded two critically acclaimed CD’s with Skrank Records. They are currently managed by Turner Music and Events and are mixing their next Cd release with Maximum Jazz. In 2003 the Grdina Trio was released on Plunge records www.plungerecords.com a chamber/free-jazz group that has since developed into Box Cutter a genre bending modern Jazz quartet featuring Francois Houle. Spool is releasing their debut cd unlearn in October 2006 East Van Strings is a guitar/oud, violin, viola and cello quartet that is inspired by Bartok, Berg and Arabic Taqasim. The other members of the ensemble are Jesse Zubot, Peggy Lee, and Eyvind Kang. They are currently preparing for their debut CD In August 2006 Songlines released "think like the waves" Wwith Gary Peacock bass and Paul Motian drums and Gordon Grdina performing on Guitar & Oud. There are 14 of Gordon's original compositionss that combine his varied influences. He plays the Oud in the Arabic/Persian/Indian ensemble Sangha, www.sanghamusic.com . They are currently supporting their debut Cd “Omid.” Last year Maqam an oud, violin, bass, and percussion ensemble that explores Iraqi folk melodies from a contemporary improvisational perspective was formed. They are performing locally in preparation for their CD. Quotes …Gordon brings to any project stylistic variation, a sense of spontaneous improvisation, and a joyful enthusiasm. Already a multifaceted musician, I find his playing to be of an exploratory nature and his ideas very musical. I feel that he is now at the beginning of a successful career…Gary Peacock …nice sounds, nice tunes, nice playing… Brad Shepik …harnesses progressive energy in ways that most cannot… Roman Sokal (Exclaim) ...covers a whole lot of ground in celebrating the timeless virtues of subtle, intuitive interplay and celebrates the eternal joy of conclusively making its point without raising its collective voice...Nic Jones(All About JAzz) ...This album is the product of his musical conception, a combination of mainstream jazz, free-form improvisation and Arabic classical music. The resulting music is one of the most refreshing styles of jazz I've ever heard...

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Grdina/Lillinger: Duo Work

Read "Duo Work" reviewed by Troy Dostert


One would be hard-pressed to find a more versatile guitarist than Gordon Grdina, who somehow manages to try something different with each release. And he is no slouch in terms of productivity either; with at least a dozen releases since 2020, this is an artist who requires multiple palettes. His sensitivity on the oud is one of his most remarkable traits; witness his superb playing on the Persian-inspired The Marrow (Attaboygirl Records, 2024) with vocalist Fathieh Honari as proof. As ...

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New Releases From Gordon Grdina, John Surman, Moppa Elliott , And More

Read "New Releases From Gordon Grdina, John Surman, Moppa Elliott , And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On the show we feature two tracks from the new album from John Surman . There are also dual releases from Moppa Elliott and Gordon Grdina. Other featured albums are from Diego Rivera, Albert Vila, Tim Berne's Sunny Five, Ada Rovatti, Cliff Korman, Guillaume Gargaud and Eero Savela, Mary Halvorson, and Brian Dickinson.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 John Surman, Rob Luft, Rob Waring, Thomas Strønen “Hawksmoor" from Words Unspoken (ECM) 00:58 Gordon Grdina & Christian Lillinger “Encounters" from Duo ...

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Gordon Grdina: Everything Old Is New Again

Read "Gordon Grdina: Everything Old Is New Again" reviewed by Doug Collette


Guitarist and oud master Gordon Grdina's imagination is as deep as it is broad. As a result, there are those titles in his rapidly expanding discography that, like this pair on Attaboygirl Records, bear some measure of resemblance to previously released titles. Such an impression is nonetheless deceptive, as is the reappearance of names like the Canadian's band, The Marrow, or his frequent collaborator, percussionist Christian Lillinger: such participation constitutes legitimate extension of previous works. But that observation may also ...

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Grdina Maneri Lillinger: Live at the Armoury

Read "Live at the Armoury" reviewed by Doug Collette


In recent years, Gordon Grdina has proved himself to be as passionate as he is prolific, not to mention versatile. Further affirmation aplenty of all those virtues, the forty-five minutes of Live At The Armoury stand as a showcase not only for the Canadian's adept management of shared moments of spontaneity, but also for that of his collaborators. During these kinetic interactions between Grdina and his two kindred spirits, viola player Mat Maneri and drummer Christian Lillinger, the ...

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Gordon Grdina's The Twain feat. Dōjō and Kōichi Makigami: Gordon Grdina's The Twain feat. Dōjō and Kōichi Makigami

Read "Gordon Grdina's The Twain feat. Dōjō and Kōichi Makigami" reviewed by Doug Collette


Any music lover impressed with the prolific output of multi-instrumentalist Gordon Grdina over the last few years would no doubt describe his work with The Twain as a wondrous discovery. Three hour- long sets were recorded at Tokyo's GOK Studio in 2019, then edited down to a final approximately seventy minutes for a late 2022 release. It is certainly worth waiting for, if for no other reason than it both illustrates and reaffirms the broad grasp of the Canadian's musicality ...

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Gordon Grdina: Intuitive Idiosyncrasy

Read "Gordon Grdina: Intuitive Idiosyncrasy" reviewed by Doug Collette


Prolific as is Gordon Grdina, he never falls prey to pointless repetition. When the Canadian multi-instrumentalist/composer/bandleader does deign to return to familiar realms, it's with a purpose, so he and his collaborators all bring fresh viewpoints and open minds in order to nurture that spirit of the moment air of continuous surprise. And Grdina relishes the intimate direct communication available in a small combo as much as the more expansive multi-leveled dialogues available in a large(r) ensemble. Thus, it's only ...

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Gordon Grdina: Pathways

Read "Pathways" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Unlike most of our country where we can not even share the same basic facts and truths, musicians intuitively seek out, discover and discourse in an integral, common language. Pathways revels in and celebrates that common vocabulary. Enjoying what could be the most prolific and adventurous period of his Juno Award-winning career, guitarist/oudist Gordon Grdina's sixth recording in just under a year, including the brazenly alluring Boiling Point (Astral Spirits, 2022) and the hypnotic Oddly Enough: The Music ...

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Duo Work

ATTABOYGIRL Records
2024

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Duo Work

Attaboygirl Records
2024

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Gordon Grdina's The...

Attaboygirl Records
2024

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Live at the Armoury

Clean Feed Records
2023

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Oddly Enough: The...

Attaboygirl Records
2022

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Night's Quietest Hour

Attaboygirl Records
2022

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Palimpsest

From: Pathways
By Gordon Grdina

Boiling Point

From: Boiling Point
By Gordon Grdina

Longa Nahawad

From: Night's Quietest Hour
By Gordon Grdina

Impending Discomfort

From: Klotski
By Gordon Grdina

Resist the Middle

From: Resist
By Gordon Grdina

Traure

From: Life is a Gong Show
By Gordon Grdina

Nomad

From: Nomad (Gordon Grdina)
By Gordon Grdina

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