Jussi Quintet

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Thursday / June 13, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Jussi Reijonen

Bringing together five seasoned international musicians, Jussi Riejonen traverses the boundaries between musical cultures, paying tribute to the traditions of American and Scandinavian jazz and the folk musics of the Middle East and Africa in his search for new sounds and textures. Reijonen’s original music draws from a wide pool of influences and experiences gathered from growing up in five different countries on three different continents. In both his original compositions and his playing, the open spaces and silences of Scandinavia effortlessly rub shoulders with the maqamat of the Arab world and the rhythmic richness of India and West Africa, creating a truly enchanting musical mosaic.

Between the five musicians, the quintet shares and impressive resume that reads like a who's who of contemporary jazz and world music: the members have worked with such artists as Paul Simon, Jack DeJohnette, Pepe de Lucia, Enrique Morente, Diego el Cigala, Simon Shaheen, Javier Limon, George Garzone, Ben Monder, and Mick Goodrick.