Jesse Cook is marking the 25th anniversary of his debut 1995 album, Tempest, with a vibrant, Spanish-infused new single, and a 25-date tour across Canada starting in March.
The award-winning and acclaimed guitarist, composer, and producer released his single “Hey!” with multi-instrumentalist Fethi Nadjem, and it’s a riveting track featuring Spanish guitar, Algerian violin, and gumbri.
“Some people think world music is anthropological field recordings,” Cook said of the collaboration. “That’s not my vibe…”
“Global music is the future, (and) I like it loud and bombastic!”
To date, he’s earned an incredible ten platinum and gold studio albums, released five concert DVDs, and he’s had five PBS specials.
And that’s somewhat surprising for Cook, perhaps, because he hadn’t planned, before he really started out, on even releasing an album.
“If you had asked me at age 22, I would have said I would never, never make music for the public,” Cook says with a laugh. “I would have told you the public is much too fickle… They may love you one minute and forget you the next.”
“Well… It turns out I did the thing I said I’d never do, and somehow it’s worked out.”
“Hey!” is Cook’s first release with his new label, Coach House, and Canadian label, Outside Music. Check out his full list of upcoming tour dates below the video.
The Tempest 25 Tour – Buy tickets
March 20 @ The Port Theatre, Nanaimo BC
March 21 @ The Centre in Vancouver, Vancouver BC
March 23 @ Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna BC
March 25 @ Winspear Centre, Edmonton AB
March 26 @ Red Deer Memorial Centre, Red Deer AB
March 27 @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary AB
March 28 @ Vic Juba Theatre, Lloydminster AB
March 31 @ Conexus Arts Centre, Regina SK
April 1 @ TCU Place, Saskatoon SK
April 2 @ Centennial Auditorium, Brandon MB
April 3 @ Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg MB
April 4 @ Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay ON
April 8 @ Centre in the Square, Kitchener ON
April 9 @ Meridian Hall, Toronto ON
April 11 @ National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON
April 14 @ Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax NS
April 15 @ Capitol Theatre, Moncton NB
April 16 @ Homburg Theatre, Charlottetown PE
April 17 @ The Fredericton Playhouse, Fredericton NB
April 18 @ Salle Louis-Fréchette, Quebec City QC
June 25 to 29 @ Théâtre Nouveau Monde, Montreal QC