2021 INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR | Gordon Grdina | | The JUNO Awards

“Gordon Grdina Makes Music that is Important for Humanity”- Eyal Hareuveni

“Gord doesn’t play the guitar like anybody else I’ve ever seen. The instrument becomes an extension of his frantic mind, embracing both the chaos and the deep kindness he exudes as an individual. Gord’s playing isn’t referential to anything. It’s not nostalgic. It doesn’t remind you of how the guitar is so cool when it’s played well. It just reminds you that life is infinitely absurd but the pros outweigh the cons.” — Dan Mangan

“Evokes what Radiohead might sound like if they were still making guitar focused records.” — Guitarist.UK

“This is one of those albums that rolls around about once a year, one that manages to free itself of labels so it can be elevated to a higher plane—one that is called “music”. —Pop Matters

…a player of unbridled musical ingenuity” —World Music Report
Gordon Grdina is a JUNO Award winning oud/guitarist whose career has spanned continents, decades and constant genre exploration throughout avant-garde jazz, free form improvisation, contemporary indie rock and Arabic. His singular approach to the instruments has earned him recognition from the highest ranks of the jazz/improv world. Grdina has performed and collaborated with a wide array of field-leading artists including Gary Peacock, Paul Motion, Marc Ribot, Mark Helias, Mats Gustafsson, Hank Roberts, Mark Feldman, Eyvind Kang, Colin Stetson, Mat Maneri, Christian Lilinger, Matt Mitchell, & Jim Black.