Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 7:30 PM
"I want to take people to places they haven't been," Jesse Cook says. The Canadian guitarist, known for his masterful fusion of world music styles, has traveled the globe looking for sounds that resonate with him. On his new album, Beyond Borders, he continues his journey, playing music without any cultural or geographical boundaries.
On his albums, and in concert, Cook explored the history of flamenco, tracing its roots from India to Spain and Cuba. Along the way, he developed his signature synthesis of world music. He's released ten genre-defying albums, garnering eleven Juno (Canada's Grammy) nominations – and one win, in 2001 for Free Fall - in the World Music and Instrumental categories. "I write music without lyrics, so it's a statement of pure emotion," Cook says. "Music touches your soul, or it doesn't, and every tradition on earth has its own way of doing that. When we venture beyond our cultural and geographic borders, we can gain the whole world."