Gordon Grdina is a JUNO Award (Canadian Grammy) winning oud/guitarist whose career
has spanned continents, decades and constant genre exploration throughout avant-garde jazz, free form improvisation, contemporary indie rock and Arabic music. His singular approach to the instruments has earned him recognition from the highest ranks of the jazz/improv world. Grdina has performed and collaborated with a wide array of field-leading artists including Gary Peacock, Paul Motion, Marc Ribot, Mark Helias, Mats Gustafsson, Hank Roberts, Mark Feldman, Eyvind Kang, Colin Stetson, Mat Maneri, Christian Lilinger, Matt Mitchell, & Jim Black. In 2019 He took two years out to develop his classical guitar technique before recording a series of classical guitar albums. The new direction allowed the dense harmonies and polytonal complexity to blend and soften creating a blending of sonorities unlike any of his previous work. For moments on Prior Street and Pendulum the Oud takes on a new roll experimenting in the same atonal world as the guitar before settling back down into the intricate world of Maqam.