Gord’s Guitars


GORD’S GUITARS: One person, seven guitars and an oud. Guitar virtuoso Gord Grdina takes students on an exciting musical, social and geographic journey through the history of guitar music from Arabic, Classical, Country, Blues, Jazz, Rock and Pop styles. Through the evolution of the instrument we see how music crosses borders to facilitate cross-cultural learning. Through looping technology, percussion and projections Gord will accompany himself on several instruments at once while engaging students through listening games, audience participation and physical activity. Musically you’ll hear everything from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Johnny Cash, and Muddy Waters to AC/DC.


ABOUT GORD: Juno award winner Gordon Grdina has lead many bands and toured throughout the world most notably in the Dan Mangan band, Haram, and the Gordon Grdina Trio. He is an Oud/Guitarist whose sound is a combination of his interests in rock, mainstream jazz, free-form improvisation and Arabic classical music. He has been performing in schools for over 15 years as a member of the Blues Berries and performed over 1,000 school concerts in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. His educational performances have introduced hundreds of thousands of students to established genres of popular music through carefully designed programs including The History of the Blues, Jazz in the Gym, A History of Rock and Roll, Jazz, Jive, and Wail, and Blues Rocks!


We thought the “Bluesberries” presentation was fantastic.
It was at the student’s level, involved students appropriately (age level),
and the music was great. It really uplifted the staff in the morning for sure and was enjoyed by the students! 

Ryan Colbert
Jackson Elementary School

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