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Jussi Reijonen

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THIRD CULTURE MUSICIAN third culture individual: a person born into the cultural environment of his/her/their parents but raised in (an)other(s), consequently forming a non-binary third culture of his/her/their own. cultural hybrid; cultural chameleon; global nomad. Born in Rovaniemi, a small town on the Arctic Circle in Northern Finland, fretted/fretless guitarist and oud player Jussi Reijonen is truly the product of a world without frontiers. Having grown up in Finnish Lapland, the Middle East and East Africa, and currently living in Boston MA, USA, Jussi has spent his life soaking up the sounds, sights, scents and shades of Nordic, Middle Eastern, African and American culture, all of which are reflected in his handwriting as composer and performer

Album

Three Seconds | Kolme Toista

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Veil; Transient; The Weaver, Every So Often Shifting the Sands Beneath Her; Verso; Median.

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Article: Album Review

Gabriela Martina: No White Shoes

Read "No White Shoes" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Swiss-born, Boston/New York based vocalist/composer Gabriela Martina makes her debut with No White Shoes, a collection of mostly original music with diverse influences. Jazz, rock, funk, pop, gospel and even Alpine roots music contribute to the eclectic mix. The opener “Narcissus" refers to the symbolism of the album's cover photo, with Martina's face obscured by a ...

Album

Un

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: Serpentine; Naima; Bayatiful; Toumani (Blues For Mick); Nuku Sie; Kaiku.

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Article: Interview

Jussi Reijonen: Playground of Sound and Texture

Read "Jussi Reijonen: Playground of Sound and Texture" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Jussi Reijonen is an exceptional musician. On his debut recording as a leader, Un (Self Produced, 2012), the Finnish guitarist/oudist has succeeded in crystallizing a spectrum of influences, sounds and textures into a highly personal, sensual mosaic that blurs the distinction between jazz, Middle Eastern traditional music, West African music, and even Finnish folk elements.

Article: Album Review

Jussi Reijonen: Un

Read "Un" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Il chitarrista finlandese, ma di base a Boston, Jussi Reijonen riversa nel suo album di debutto Un tutte le influenze stilistiche raccolte durante il proprio percorso di vita, nel quale ha conosciuto culture diverse e molto distanti tra loro. Ne è venuto fuori un miscuglio molto particolare, dove svolgono ruoli decisivi, per la risultante stilistica di ...

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Article: Album Review

Jussi Reijonen: Un

Read "Un" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


The debut recording of Boston-based guitarist and oudist Jussi Reijonen is a remarkable crystallization of musical concepts and influences from the West and in the East. It is also a mature reflection of the musical experiences that Finland-born Reijonen accumulated in all the places that he grew up, including the Finnish Arctic Circle, the Middle East ...

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Article: Album Review

Jussi Reijonen: Un

Read "Un" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Finnish guitarist/oudist player Jussi Reijonen's debut, Un, seamlessly blends multiple ethnic influences into a stimulating whole, crackling with vitality and innovative spirit. The opening “Serpentine" is a sonic tapestry of both eastern and western motifs. His sinuous oud and Palestinian percussionist Tareq Rantisi's resonant beats contrast nicely with Turkish pianist Utar Artun's more ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Jussi Reijonen

Read "Take Five With Jussi Reijonen" reviewed by Jussi Reijonen


Meet Jussi Reijonen: Born in Rovaniemi, a small town on the Arctic Circle in northern Finland, fretted/fretless guitarist and oudist Jussi Reijonen is truly the product of a world with few frontiers. Having grown up moving back and forth between Finnish Lapland, the Middle East, and East Africa, and currently living in Boston MA, ...


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