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

–PRESS RELEASE–

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.

So……

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!

-J

“un” included in Lucid Culture’s “The Best Jazz Albums of 2013”!

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What a way to close the year… “un” made Lucid Culture‘s The Best Jazz Albums of 2013 list!

“A still, spacious, slowly unwinding masterpiece from the Finnish oudist/guitarist and his quartet. Original night-sky themes and a classic Coltrane cover feature lithely intertwining levantine grooves, bittersweetly Egyptian-flavored motifs and Utar Artun’s eerily twinkling chromatic piano.”

Speechless. Thank you for the support!

Vote for “un” in New York radio WNYC’s “New Sounds Best of 2013” poll!

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Dear Friends,

Just found out my album “un” is among the candidates for New York’s WNYC Radio‘s New Sounds Best Of 2013 listeners poll!

I have to say I’m more than honored to be on the same list as so many musicians I look up to…

If you have a moment, please cast your vote here (you have to click “Next” twice).

Thank you so much for all your support!

-J

 

 

 

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

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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

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 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!

Warmth,

-J