Multi-Platinum/Gold award-winning and internationally acclaimed producer, composer, and guitarist Jesse Cook has unveiled a video for his single, “Solace”, along with newly updated Canadian dates for his highly-acclaimed “Tempest II” tour.
Originally marked for 2020 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his acclaimed debut album, Tempest, the newly announced 18 homegrown shows will span from Quebec to B.C.; with 43+ cross-continent dates on the docket, Cook recently kicked off the tour in the U.S. alongside the release of his 11th studio album, Libre — to rave reviews.
Released via his own Coach House label imprint, and distributed by Outside Music/Redeye, the 10-track album combines Cook’s iconic Spanish guitar flair with Algerian multi-instrumentalist Fethi Nadjem, modern trap rhythms, and 808 beats.
“I wrote and recorded Libre during the pandemic when, like most people, I was longing for freedom,” Cook shares of Libre. “My music was my escape from the four walls that surrounded me, and the storm that was swirling outside.”
The inspiration came from a long summer-day drive with his 14-year old, Cook reveals. “My daughter entertained me with her favourite playlists, much of which were trap and 808-inspired. I loved them too, and a question was planted in my mind: ‘what would my music sound like mixed with those sounds?’”
Featuring the newly released single, “Solace,” Libre was selected as JazzTrax Radio Show’s 2021 Album of the Year.
Check out the video for “Solace” below, and find out more about his upcoming tour dates.
It’s with that same zeal that Cook crosses Canada with upcoming dates in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia this Spring and Fall 2022.
“When it comes to classical guitar stylings, few can match Jesse Cook’s musical resume,” Inlander’s Seth Sommerfeld says. “The JUNO-winning Torontonian virtuoso infuses world music flair into his Flamenco fusion sound, often traveling to far-flung parts of the world like Colombia or Egypt to inject the authentic tones of a region’s traditional music into his own sonic blend.”
Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 11 – Centennial Hall, London, ON
May 12 – Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON
May 13 – Meridian Hall, Toronto, ON
May 14 – The Empire Theatre, Belleville, ON
May 15 – National Arts Centre – Southam Hall, Ottawa, ON
June 8 – Salle Louis-Frechette at the Grand Theatre de Quebec, Quebec City, QC
July 9 – Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts, Montreal, QC
September 20 – The Port Theatre, Nanaimo, BC
September 21 – The Centre, Vancouver, BC
September 22 – The Clarke Theatre, Mission, BC
September 23 – Key City Theatre, Cranbrook, BC
September 24 – Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna, BC
September 25 – Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, Vernon, BC
September 27 – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB
September 28 – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB
September 29 – Knox United Church, Saskatoon, SK
September 30 – Knox United Church, Saskatoon, SK
October 1 – Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
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