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Gord Grdina

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

Juno award-winning guitar/oud virtuoso Gordon Grdina leads many bands and tours throughout the world, most notably with Dan Mangan, Haram and the Gordon Grdina Quartet. Performing in schools for over 15 years in the Blues Berries he's performed over 1,000 school concerts in Canada. His educational performances have introduced thousands of students to established genres of music through carefully designed programs including History of the Blues, Jazz in the Gym, History of Rock and Roll, Jazz, Jive, and Wail, and Blues Rocks!


We had the pleasure of seeing you live in Powell River today. My grade 1 students would like to share the following with you: I liked... - the Rock n Roll - the guitars and the drums - Gord's song - the Blues! I liked it when... - we did the actions - my teacher did the Twist! - we shouted THUNDER! -AC/DC!! Hope to see you again! Madame Jessica & James Thomson grade 1s

Performances & Workshops

NEW artist for 2017-18

Gord's Guitars

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 - 50 mins.
Capacity: 600 students
Tech Requirements: Electrical outlet, Powerpoint Projector, Projector Screen
Fee Range: $694 - $794 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

One person, seven guitars and an oud, Gord takes students on an exciting musical, social and geographic journey through the history of guitar with Arabic, classical, country, blues, jazz, and rock styles. Through the evolution of the instrument we see how music crosses borders to facilitate cross-cultural learning. With loops, percussion and projections, Gord engages students through listening games, audience participation and visual learning aids. You'll sing, clap along and dance to everything from traditional Egyptian to Johnny Cash, and Muddy Waters to AC/DC.

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