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SONIC RELIEF – Fundraising Concert to Aid Syrian Refugees: Wed Dec 16th 2015



Curated and organized by musicians Gabriela Martina (CH), Sophie Maricq (ESP/UK/BE) and Jussi Reijonen (FIN) in collaboration with Berklee College of Music’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, SONIC RELIEF is a humanitarian fundraising concert to gather donations and raise awareness to aid refugees of the war in Syria. Now in its fifth year, the war has cost the lives of more than 250,000 people, and displaced over 11 million people, creating a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale.

This concert brings together musicians from around the world who will perform classical repertoire of their respective traditions to promote social awareness of the Syrian humanitarian crisis. Performing onstage will be world-renowned Arabic oud (11-string fretless lute) and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen, as well as the Lee Swensen Katz Trio with Cleveland Quartet founding member and Grammy-award winning cellist Paul Katz. All artists are forgoing their performance fees to support the cause.

All proceeds will be donated towards humanitarian aid in refugee camps and conflict-affected areas in Syria and Jordan via Questscope, an international 501(c)(3) organization based in Jordan. All gifts to Questscope qualify as charitable contributions and are 100% tax-deductible.

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Jussi Reijonen: trï to play Burlington Discover Jazz Festival on June 7th 2015


Guitarist/Oudist/Composer Jussi Reijonen Brings New Project trï
To Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Sunday, June 7 at BCA Center in Burlington, VT

 “…extraordinary music…(Reijonen’s) playing is deep and profoundly nuanced throughout.”
— Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player

 “Reijonen’s musical universe has no frontiers. It is a beautiful, sensual mosaic of traditions and influences.”
– Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz

 “Musical cultures and sensibilities cross, evocatively… without blinking or apologizing.”
— Josef Woodward, DownBeat

Finnish guitarist/oudist/composer Jussi Reijonen showcases new arrangements of music from his acclaimed CD Jussi Reijonen: un at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 7. In his new trio Jussi Reijonen: trï, he is joined by an international cast of players: Turkish pianist Utar Artun and Palestinian cellist Naseem Alatrash. Together they create a fascinating multi-cultural collage where 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.

The concert takes place at the BCA Center, 135 Church Street, Burlington, VT. Free admission. For more information go to or call 802-863-7992. Continue Reading →

New live videos from ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn NY released

Some new incriminating live evidence has been leaked from our October 30th concert in Brooklyn NY’s ShapeShifter Lab featuring Japanese percussion wizard Keita Ogawa…


JUSSI REIJONEN: UN feat. Keita Ogawa – Kaiku
(Live at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn NY Oct 30 2013)

JUSSI REIJONEN: UN feat. Keita Ogawa – Serpentine
(Live at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn NY Oct 30 2013)

Jussi Reijonen: un @ Regattabar, Boston MA tickets now on sale!


Dear Friends,

I’m taking a break from sketching some new cello arrangements to write this, sipping a chai latte at home as Boston is getting ready for another round of snow to hit the city. I have to say, though, that the correlation between “snow fall” and “snow storm” has seemed a little interesting sometimes around here – from a northern Finnish, more Arctic perspective, that is…

Anyhow, first, I would like to send a huge Thank You to all who voted for “un” in WNYC’s New Sounds Best of Poll – we made it to #6 in the results! I was floored by the amount of support the album received. To top everything off, the album turned up in Lucid Culture’s Best Jazz Albums of 2013 list as well as in KMUW Global Village’s Best of 2013… to say I was surprised is a major understatement.

So… Thank You again!

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Live interview on WMPG FM tonight for Bob Cochran’s “Three-Piece Gabardine Saxophone” show



Tune in to WMPG FM (90.9 / 104.1 FM) tonight at 9 pm EST – I’ll be chatting with Bob Cochran on his “Three-Piece Gabardine Saxophone” show about un and this Friday’s concert for the Dimensions In Jazz series in Portland ME!

This Friday’s concert details here: JUSSI REIJONEN: UN @ Dimensions in Jazz, Woodfords Church



Live video shoot feat. Keita Ogawa (perc) at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn NY Oct 30


 Dear Friends,

I’d like to invite you to our concert at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY this coming Wednesday, Oct 30th 2013 at 7 pm, where we will be also capturing the concert for a live video recording.Making the night even more meaningful for me is the fact that we will be joined by our good friend, percussion virtuoso Keita Ogawa (known for his work with Yo-Yo MaChris PotterTerri Lyne CarringtonDanilo PerezGretchen Parlato and many others) as special guest.

Event info on Facebook

If you can not make the show but know friends in New York who might be interested, please spread the word. Your support is invaluable!

Hoping to see you on Wednesday!



August 2013 Newsletter


Dear Friends,

I’m sitting in a café in Boston as I write this, reflecting on quite a whirlwind year. About the same time last summer, I was doing much the same – staring at a laptop screen in a café – and working on the zillions of details related to what would be the release of my debut album un and its subsequent release tours in Finland and on the US East Coast.

But “doing much the same” doesn’t begin to do the past 12 months any justice – so much has happened since then.

It has been quite an experience, to say the least. Not only has the album’s music gotten an overwhelmingly positive reception in the international press – a personal highlight being a glowing review in Guitar Player magazine, the same magazine I used to devour from cover to cover at the Rovaniemi public library in my teens, looking for more pieces to the eternal puzzle that is music – but, most importantly, the reactions of people who have come to our gigs has been something I never could have anticipated in my wildest fantasies. Getting to play for and connect with you all at our shows in Finland and in the US has been a true gift.

All this to say – for all your support, I am thankful beyond words.

As I write this, the band I are preparing to take to the stage again after a summer break; we’ll be doing two dates in Massachusetts in August (Acton Jazz Café in Acton on August 9th and Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham on August 31st), so if you’re around, mark your calendars, come out and join us! I’m also honored (and somewhat bewildered) to be part of a workshop entitled The Art of the Oud together with Mehmet Ali Sanlikol from Turkey, Mal Barsamian from Armenia/US, and Nima Janmohammadi from Iran on August 11th in Boston.

As far as future plans with JUSSI REIJONEN: UN go, I’m sketching out another tour for the East Coast for October, so please stay tuned for more dates; latest updates will be on both my website and Facebook page.

Meanwhile, if you didn’t already get a copy, un is still available online; you can order your copy from the links on the right. As always, in these social media saturated times, each “Like” on Facebook goes a long way as well – I’m very grateful for each click, which, funny as it is, really helps us to spread the word and get to perform this music in more and more places, which, ultimately, is what this all is about for us.

Hope to see you at one of our fall shows!



P.S. For fans of another kind of world/jazz fusion, check out the amazing Sissy Castrogiovanni‘s new album Intra Lu Munnu, which I was honored to be part of and which was just released. Those of you who came to our shows at Acton Jazz Café and Ryles Jazz Club last spring will recognize Sissy as the guest vocalist we had onstage for “Kaiku”. As an all-in-the-family aside, both Bruno Råberg and Tareq Rantisi from my quartet also play on the album, so check it out!

“un” Album Release Concert / Clinic Tour in Finland Feb 4-15 2013

Dear Friends,

It’s taken literally months of planning and juggling, so I’m thrilled to announce that to celebrate the release of un in Finland on Jan 25 2013, we’ll be doing an album release tour of concerts and clinics throughout the country from Feb 4 through 15 2013 with the quintet.

The performances will take us all around the country’s clubs and concert halls, and will be augmented with clinics at various conservatories. Joining us for the concerts will be very special guest and dear friend Eva Louhivuori, who appears on the album as well on the track “Kaiku”.

Album Release Tour Finland 2013

Jussi Reijonen – fretless/fretted guitars, oud
Utar Artun – piano, percussion
Bruno Råberg – acoustic bass
Tareq Rantisi – percussion
Sergio Martínez – percussion

with special guest
Eva Louhivuori

4 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un
Clinic @ Jyväskylän Ammattiopisto, Jyväskylä, FIN

4 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un feat. Eva Louhivuori
Vakiopaine, Jyväskylä, FIN

5 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un feat. Eva Louhivuori
Turun Seudun Musiikkiopiston Konserttisali, Turku, FIN

6 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un feat. Eva Louhivuori
Kulttuuritalo Telakka, Tampere, FIN

8 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un
Clinic @ Joensuun Konservatorio, Joensuu, FIN

8 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un
Jazzkerho -76, Joensuu, FIN

10 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un feat. Eva Louhivuori
Kulttuuritalo Korundi, Rovaniemi, FIN

11 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un feat. Eva Louhivuori
Kaukametsän Kouta-sali, Kajaani, FIN

13 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un
Clinic @ Pop & Jazz Konservatorio, Helsinki, FIN

13 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un feat. Eva Louhivuori
Juttutupa, Helsinki, FIN

15 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un
Clinic @ Kuopion Konservatorio, Kuopio, FIN

15 Feb 2013
Jussi Reijonen: un
OP Jazzklubi, Kuopio, FIN

I’ll be posting more specific information in the coming weeks on where to buy tickets and exact starting times and so forth; meanwhile, please mark your calendars and spread the word. I haven’t played in Finland since 2008 and in my hometown Rovaniemi since 1999, so on a personal level, it means so much to me to get to go back to play this music.

Official Finnish press release regarding the album and tour:


More US dates will be posted soon, so stay tuned.

On another note, please check out the first full track preview of un in the form of the album’s opening track, “Serpentine”:


Hope to see you at our shows!