Canada’s Jesse Cook to bring new album to Audi

  • Jesse Cook will perform a concert of world music at the Concord City Auditorium on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Courtesy

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Canadian-based guitarist, composer and producer Jesse Cook will take his East Coast tour of Beyond Borders to Concord next week.

Cook is one of Canada’s Juno Award winners and a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for guitarist of the year.

On Tuesday, he will perform at the Concord City Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $59. Visit concordcityauditorium.org for more information.

He answered a few questions about his music and new album.

What made you interested in becoming a musician?

I don’t remember when I first started playing the guitar. I have to rely on the stories my parents told me. We lived in an apartment in Barcelona when I was two, I don’t remember it at all, but apparently I had a toy guitar and I used to walk around the apartment singing “Juantana Mera.”

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you perform before?

I think the kids would call it a global mash-up. Music is the universal language, and I like to make a feast of it. Sorry about the mixed metaphors.

What do you enjoy about this style of music?

Everything. It’s a big world of music out there and I love to explore it. I recently started a YouTube series called “Friday Night Music.” I am blessed to have a job that allows me to travel around the world both musically and physically. I invite people who are interested to follow the journey.

What inspires you to create music?

Music is it’s own reward. It’s like chocolate. You don’t have to ask, “What inspires you to eat chocolate?” You eat it because it’s delicious. Music is even better.

With “Beyond Borders” you did the recording and arranging before bringing in collaborators; how do you feel that impacted the end result?

It helps me hear where I’m going, and communicate it to the other musicians when they arrive in the studio. But I don’t want my arrangement to stand in their way. If they bring something different than what I had planned, we’ll usually try it, and see where it leads. The best discoveries are often unplanned.

Have you ever performed in New Hampshire before?

We have performed in New Hampshire many times over the years. I’d like to come more often. It’s beautiful there.

Do you have a favorite song for performing live?

I love all my children equally. That’s the official line. Unofficially, “Mario Takes a Walk” is pretty fun to play. Especially if everybody’s up dancing.

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