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New live-in-the-studio video with Giuseppe Paradiso Meridian 71

with GIUSEPPE PARADISO MERIDIAN 71 – Metropolitan Sketches

One of my favorite collectives to make music with, Giuseppe Paradiso Meridian 71 just released a new live-in-the-studio video, “Metropolitan Sketches” – check it out! Giving my Strat its studio debut…

Giuseppe Paradiso – drums
Malick Ngom – sabar drums
Mark Zaleski – sax
Utar Artun – piano
Galen Willett – fretless bass
Jussi Reijonen – guitar

Gabriela Martina’s new video “Mother Mary” released

A new album preview clip with Gabriela Martina just released… the second of two live-in-the-studio videos we shot at Bacque Recording Engineering in December. Stay tuned for the new album!

Gabriela Martina – voice, composition
Ben Rosenblum – accordion
Jussi Reijonen – guitar
Maxim Lubarsky – piano
Kyle Miles – bass
Vancil Cooper – drums

New live-in-the-studio video “Song For my Father” with Gabriela Martina released

Excited to share some new original music from the incredible Gabriela Martina… this is the first of two live-in-the-studio videos we shot at Bacque Recording Engineering with the amazing Luis Bacque in December, “Song for My Father” – a preview of Gabriela’s upcoming new record.

Huge thanks to Mad Professor Amplification for the inspiring sounds!

Louis de Mieulle | Matt Garstka: DUAL out now!

Thrilled to announce the release of “DUAL”, the new album by Louis de Mieulle and Matt Garstka (Animals as Leaders)!

The album is the first installment of two parts – the second one coming out in summer ’18 – and features some of the most challenging, beautiful music I’ve ever had the opportunity to record. Needless to say, I feel honored to be featured alongside such players as Louis and Matt, both of whom I met during my Berklee time, not to mention the incredible playing of David Potaux-Razel and Aki Ishiguro.

You can hear my guitar lines on the tracks “Dramatic Intro (Hymn to the Sun”), and “Cubic Rubes”; the other tracks I recorded on will be out next summer.

Hope you enjoy!


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Out April 23: Neotolia’s new album “Neotolian Song” featuring Dave Weckl, David Fiuczynski, Arto Tunçboyacıyan, Bassam Saba, Yazhi Guo


From Anatolia, From the Heart: Bridging East and West, Neotolia’s Originals Spring from Mediterranean Traditions, Turkish Folk Songs, and Jazz Forms

In Anatolia, where Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and the Mediterranean world overlap, layers of history – thousands of years of it – can translate into layers of melody, rhythm, and sound. This is the vision of Neotolia, an international ensemble of diverse, highly skilled musicians based in Boston. Led by singer-songwriter Nazan Nihal and pianist/composer Utar Artun, the project explores traditional and tradition-inspired pieces through the lens of contemporary composition, jazz, world music and improvisation.

On their latest album, Neotolian Song (Interrobang Records; release date: April 23, 2017), the Turkish-born duo imagine lost ancient languages (“Neotolian Song”), mourn those lost to terrorism (“Değişmek Cesaret İster/ Change Takes Courage”), and weave new emotion into striking folk songs. Artun and Nihal have enlisted musicians hailing from Finland to Lebanon, from Iraq  to China to add their own voices to complex yet elegant pieces. Turkish traditional instruments like the qanun, ney and oud, Western and Eastern strings (violin, cello, erhu) join a core quintet (Nihal voice, Artun on piano, Jussi Reijonen on guitars, Bruno Råberg on bass, and Giuseppe Paradiso on drum kit). 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)

“un” nominated for best World Beat album at the 13th annual Independent Music Awards

Jussi Reijonen,Valerie June, Melissa Ferrick, Yuck, The Soul Of John Black, Omar Sosa, Willie Sugarcapps, Born Of Osiris, Vienna Teng, and Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche Are Among The Nominees of
The 13th Independent Music Awards

Nearly 400 Self-Released & Independent Label Artists Nominated

For Immediate Release

March 11, 2014 – Finnish fretted/fretless guitarist and oudist Jussi Reijonen of Boston MA joins nearly 400 exceptional self-released and independent label artists, as well as former major label acts named today by Music Resource Group (MRG) as Nominees in The 13th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent bands and fans.

Jussi Reijonen is nominated among an eclectic mix of established artists and artists on the rise including Melissa Ferrick, Yuck, The Soul of John Black, Omar Sosa, Willie Sugarcapps, Born Of Osiris, Vienna Teng and Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche, among many other deserving artists whose recordings were released during the 13th IMA program eligibility period.

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“un” made #6 in WNYC’s “New Sounds Best of 2013” poll – huge thanks to everyone who voted!

Dear Friends,

I realize this is the umpteenth post of this nature lately (I apologize), but I’m quite taken aback by “un” showing up in so many Best of 2013 polls. I never could’ve imagined anything like this.


Kiitos to everyone who voted “un” to #6 in WNYC Radio‘s “New Sounds Best of 2013” poll!!!

I’m humbled to be on the same list as Bill Frisell, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road ensemble, Vijay Iyer and Nashaz and so many other amazing musicians… kiitos, kiitos, kiitos to all of you who voted and supported independent music!