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 groove trio Loose Acoustic www.looseacoustic.com they have two CD’s under their belt and are currently managed by Turner Music and Events. They are mixing their next release for Maximum Jazz.
As a freelance musician Gordon has performed or recorded with Eyvind Kang, Paul Motian, Gary Peacock, John Stowell, Francois Houle, Jesse Zubot, Chuck Isreals, Reza Honari, Amir Haghighi, Andy Milne, Mariam Matossian, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Chris Gestrin, Karin Plato, Quinsin Nachofff, Peggy Lee, and Dylan Van der Schyff.
…Grdina is a voracious listener drawing on Arabic Classical music, contemporary jazz, and open improv…everything moves in endless cycles of interaction…there’s something revelatory about the album’s
unflinching hypnotic core…Greg Buium (Downbeat)
… greater than the sum of its parts… a guitar trio that 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)
…Think Like the Waves, is a testament to the sublime music that can be created by musicians who listen to each other and converse in the moment…a tour de force performance by a group whose playing seems as organic as breathing…Grdina is able to ride these waves easily, with Zen-like calm… Highly recommended. Jazzitude.com
#2...a 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... and their collective improvisation is superb...John Matouk "Top Ten Brilliant Alternative Jazz Albums”
...Grdina's guitar lines, clean of tone with hint of a Jim Hall-ish angularity, are very much at home...it's evident that some higher level communication is going on...Mark Saleski (BlogCritics Magazine)
…harnesses progressive energy in ways that most cannot… Roman Sokal (Exclaim)
…constantly reinventing himself and surprising his listeners with an ever-changing array of new sounds and concepts… Alexander Varty (Georgia Straight)