Jesse Cook in Concert – ‘Beyond Brothers’
Monday 12th November, 2018 | 229 London, Venue 1
Doors: 6:30pm | Show time: 7:30pm
Age restrictions: 14+. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. ID required. The venue operates a challenge 25 policy.
Acclaimed Canadian-based guitarist, composer, and producer Entertainment One recording artist Jesse Cook has announced a one-off show at Venue 229, London on 12th November. The date is in support of his latest studio album, Beyond Borders.
Living up to the album’s title, the JUNO Award-winning musician’s latest record explores a sonic landscape unfettered by geography, ethnicity and musical styles to forge a unique world music hybrid.
Beyond Borders is the most sonically diverse and distinctive disc in Cook’s vast and varied catalogue, which has earned him 11 JUNO nominations and one JUNO win in the Best Instrumental Album category for 2000’s Free Fall.
Talking about the concept of the record, Cook known for his intoxicating fusion of world music, explains “I want to take people to places they haven’t been. I like finding common ground for different music traditions, a space where music from around the world can come together,” He continues. “A place where modern sounds can mix with ancient timbres.”
Cook also helps foster this spirit of cultural exploration visually through his photography on Instagram as well his popular weekly video releases on his YouTube channel and through Facebook. He was born in Paris, to Canadian parents. The family moved to southern France, where they bought a small home built in the 16th Century, for 100 dollars. “It was like stepping into the Middle Ages,” Cook recalls. “Manitas de Plata was popular then, and it was his albums got me interested in the sound of flamenco guitar.”
After moving back to Canada, Cook started guitar lessons. “My teacher played flamenco. Then, when I’d visit my dad in France, he was living next door to Nicolas Reyes, the singer of the Gipsy Kings. I saw gipsy kids on the corner playing that way too.” It was as if the world conspired to get me interested in this style and I was hooked.” It was when he heard the Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin album, Friday Night in San Francisco that the die was cast. “I was captivated by the sheer virtuosity and freedom, that people could play whatever they wanted, creating in that space between jazz and flamenco.”
Cook studied classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music, moving on to York University, and jazz at Berklee College in Boston. On his albums, and in concert, Cook explores the roots of flamenco, and it’s many offshoots, from India to Spain, and on to Cuba and Latin America. Along the way, he developed his signature synthesis of world music. He has released ten genre-defying albums, garnering eleven Juno (Canada’s Grammy) nominations – and one win, in 2001 for Free Fall – in the World Music and Instrumental categories.
As Cook reflects back on his journey so far, “Music has a way of touching your soul, and every tradition on earth has its own way of doing that. When we venture beyond our cultural and geographic borders, we can gain the whole world.”
This one-off concert at Venue 229 will be a rare chance to see one of the most influential figures in music up close.
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