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embouchure For two decades, the music of Gordon Grdina has expressed resistance to the boundaries that separate European and Middle Eastern musical cultures. His recent album, Resist, is a timely soundtrack for a summer of social protest. From the ecstatic free jazz blowing of saxophonist Jon Irabagon, to the fury and gentleness of the bowed strings, to the reimagined possibilities of the Arabic oud, Grdina's music propels the listener on waves of resistance into the currents of change.
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Resist, due out April 10, 2020 via Irabagast Records, unites Grdina’s long-standing trio with his East Van Strings quartet, joined by acclaimed saxophonist Jon Irabagon for a remarkable new suite blending progressive jazz and classical influences

“The prevailing ambience is one of dark mystery, but the ruggedness of Grdina’s tone makes for
a palette of rich contrast.” – David R. Adler, JazzTimes (review of Think Like the Waves)

“[Gordon Grdina is] a player of unbridled musical ingenuity.” – Raul da Gama, World Music Report

Resistance comes in many forms. For Vancouver-based guitarist and oud player Gordon Grdina, standing up to the corruption and divisive rhetoric that dominates the political conversation today takes the form of bringing a diverse range of people together to create beauty for beauty’s sake. With Resist, due out April 10, 2020 from Irabagast Records, Grdina bridges a number of worlds with an ambitious and passionate new suite of music.


Gordon Grdina GUITAR/OUD
Jon Irabagon TENOR SAX/SOPRANINO SAX
Jesse Zubot VIOLIN
Eyvind Kang VIOLA
Peggy Lee CELLO
Tommy Babin BASS
Kenton Loewen DRUMS

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released April 10, 2020

Gordon Grdina GUITAR/OUD
Jon Irabagon TENOR SAX/SOPRANINO SAX
Jesse Zubot VIOLIN
Eyvind Kang VIOLA
Peggy Lee CELLO
Tommy Babin BASS
Kenton Loewen DRUMS


All pieces composed by Gordon Grdina (SOCAN) Recorded July 1, 2017
Mixed by John Raham at Afterlife Studios, Vancouver
Mastered by Graemme Brown at Zen Mastering
Produced by Gordon Grdina
Layout and Design: Chelsey Maher
Cover Painting: Hieronymus Bosch, Christ’s Descent into Hell

Thank you to Genevieve Monro, Nayeli and Gabe Grdina, Ken Pickering, Rainbow Robert, Lee Hutzulak, and CreativeBC.
Special thank you to the musicians for their incredible insight and support.

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Gordon Grdina Vancouver, British Columbia

Juno award winning Oud/Guitarist with a unique sound combining mainstream jazz, free/improv and Arabic music. Haram, Peregrine Falls, The Gordon Grdina Quartet with Oscar Noriega, Russ Lossing, and Satoshi Takeishi, Nomad Trio w/ Matt Mitchell and Jim Black, Square Peg w/ Christian Lillinger, Mat Maneri and Shazad Ismaily The Marrow Mark Helias, Hank Roberts, Hamin Honari ... more

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