An Evening With Jesse Cook

“Jesse Cook is Canada’s King of the rumba flamenco… Cook lights a Mediterranean fire in the Great White North.”– Chatelaine

Canada’s Jesse Cook, JUNO Award-winning master guitarist, composer and producer, is well-known for his intoxicating fusion of world music, having travelled the globe looking for sounds that resonate with him. Incorporating flamenco rumba, jazz, and other forms into his many albums, Cook is widely considered to be one of the most influential figures in the “nuevo flamenco” guitar style. He studied classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music, before moving on to York University, and jazz at Berklee College in Boston. On his albums, and in concert, Cook explores the roots of flamenco, and its many offshoots, from India to Spain, and on to Cuba and Latin America. Along the way, he developed his signature synthesis of world music. He has released ten genre-defying albums, garnering eleven JUNO nominations – and one win, in 2001 for Free Fall – in the World Music and Instrumental categories. In 2009, he received silver in Acoustic Guitar’s Player’s Choice Awards, coming second to Paco de Lucia. Among his many other awards, he is also a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for “Guitarist of the Year”. PBS recently broadcasted Jesse Cook: Beyond Borders, the latest concert special by the acoustic guitar virtuoso, which was filmed over the 31 days of his coast-to-coast tour of Canada. He now brings Beyond Borders to the Royal Theatre in an epic, highly-anticipated Victoria reappearance. Chris Church violin/duduk/gaita/vocals, Nicolas Hernandez rhythm guitar, Dennis Mohammed bass, Rosendo ‘Chendy’ Leon drums/percussion

Show sponsored by: Jim Pattison Lexus Victoria

Jesse Cook - Mario Takes a Walk (live 2012)