Alongside today’s release of new single and video, “Solace,” multi-Platinum/Gold award-winning and internationally acclaimed producer, composer, and guitarist Jesse Cook announces newly updated Canadian dates for his highly-acclaimed “Tempest II” tour.
Check out “Solace” on YouTube here:
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.
“Nylon-string maestro Jesse Cook finds release in electronic beats on Libre, his latest fret-burning effort,” Guitar Player’s Jimmy Leslie reviews. “Libre is a return to that early DIY approach, but the deep electronic grooves differentiate the new album from any of Cook’s previous studio efforts…”
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. “Jesse Cook is a master musician and composer, and he always delivers live,” Eclectic Arts’ Mark Sugiyama writes. “The world aspect of Portugal, Algeria, and Canada being represented just adds to the wonderful energy of the performances.”
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.”
It’s been more than 25 years since the internationally-lauded virtuoso first stepped onto the scene with his now-iconic release, Tempest. In the time since he’s come to hold ten Gold and Platinum studio albums with a combined sales of two+ million copies, five concert DVDs and live discs, five PBS specials, and multiple awards — a JUNO win, 11 nominations, three Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, a Gemini, and an Acoustic Guitar Magazine Player’s Choice Silver Award.
The digital convergence of the past several years has also resulted in Cook’s music streaming in rather impressive numbers across a series of platforms; by Fall 2021, his Spotify stats had surpassed 55+ million, and plays on Pandora soared beyond the 300+ million milestone. YouTube’s universal visual appeal has also grown steadily for Cook’s connection with audiences, with his channel accumulating upwards of 25+ million views since 2010 — including 3+ million of those for “Azul."
Libre and “Solace” are available now.
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
View the complete “Tempest II” tour itinerary on Jesse Cook’s website to find more information and to purchase tickets.