Musical Performance: Jussi Reijonen: UN

Sat, April 12, 2014 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Jussi Reijonen (Finland) - fretless/fretted guitar, 'oud
Utar Artun (Turkey) - piano
Bruno Raberg (Sweden) - acoustic bass
Tareq Rantisi (Palestine) - percussion

With special guest: Naseem Alatrash (Palestine) - cello

Tickets: $20 General | $15 for Students, Members and Seniors

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Doors open at 7:30 pm

Bringing together four seasoned musicians from Finland, Turkey, Sweden and Palestine, JUSSI REIJONEN: UN traverses the boundaries between musical cultures, paying tribute to the traditions of American and Scandinavian jazz and the folk musics of the Middle East and Africa in its search for new sounds and textures. Reijonen’s original music draws from a wide pool of influences and experiences gathered growing up in five different countries on three different continents; in both his original compositions and his playing, the open spaces and silences of Scandinavia effortlessly rub shoulders with the maqamat of the Arab world and the rhythmic richness of India and West Africa, creating a truly enchanting musical mosaic.

Between the four of them - Reijonen on fretless/fretted guitars and the 11-string Arabic lute oud, Utar Artun on piano, Bruno Råberg on acoustic bass, and Tareq Rantisi on percussion – shares an impressive resume that reads like a who’s-who of contemporary jazz and world music: the members have worked with the likes of Jack deJohnette, Pepe de Lucia, Simon Shaheen, Javier Limón, Maria Schneider, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bobby McFerrin, George Garzone, Ben Monder, Mick Goodrick, David Fiuczynski, and Steve Smith. The Quartet traverses the supposed boundaries between musical cultures effortlessly, with a blend of humility, grace, and presence.

Jussi’s eagerly-anticipated debut album un was released to great critical acclaim in early 2013 on the unmusic label. more...

“Musical cultures and sensibilities cross, evocatively... without blinking or apologizing.”

"...extraordinary music... [Reijonen's] playing is deep and profoundly nuanced throughout."
-Guitar Player

“Reijonen’s musical universe has no frontiers. It is a beautiful, sensual mosaic of traditions and influences.”



Alwan's music program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2014-04-07 10:11:11

Jussi Reijonen (Finland)
Jussi Reijonen (Finland)
Utar Artun (Turkey)
Utar Artun (Turkey)
Bruno Raberg (Sweden)
Bruno Raberg (Sweden)
Tareq Rantisi (Palestine)
Tareq Rantisi (Palestine)

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