Jussi Reijonen (World Music)
It is said that music does not lie in the notes themselves but between them, and it is exactly in that space where Boston-based Finnish fretless/fretted guitarist and oudist Jussi Reijonen's music thrives and blossoms. His eagerly anticipated debut album, "un", out now on unmusic, has been a lifelong musical journey in the making -- a journey that spans three decades and four continents, and which has taken him from his native Northern Finland to years spent living in the Middle East, East Africa, and now the United States.
From the very first notes of opening piece Serpentine until the last echoes of album closer, Kaiku, have faded into the ether, the album never once loosens its grip on the unsuspecting listener; what lies between the bookends is a breathtaking musical journey that walks a crooked tightrope between tension and resolution and gracefully dances between the traditions of American and Scandinavian jazz and the folk musics of the Middle East and Africa in its thirst for new sounds and textures. In this day an age, where the term is so frequently misused, "un" is true world music from a true world citizen -- music in its most honest, heartfelt true sense; music with no frontiers. www.jussireijonen.com
Ticket Prices: $18 Stu/Sen $17, Mem $15, Child U12 $9