Talkin’ All That Jazz

Björn Thoroddsen is one of Iceland's leading jazz guitarists. After completing his education in Iceland, Björn continued his studies in Los Angeles where he graduated in 1982. In 2003, he was awarded Jazz Performer of the Year at the Icelandic Music awards. Björn formed the Icelandic trio Guitar Islancio in 1998 and since then the band has released…

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Retro Stefson & The Kingdom Of Kimbabwe

Retro Stefson started out as a project in middle school in 2006 and has since then become Iceland’s top live acts. They made their public debut at the 2006 Iceland Airwaves festival, then 14, 15 and 16 years old. Since then the band has played a big part in the Reykjavik and Iceland music scene, playing regularly all…

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Iceland’s Endless Dark

Endless Dark is a six-piece post-hardcore band from Ólafsvík, Iceland. Aged between 18 and 22, the band started out in 2006 mainly doing covers by bands such as HIM, Type O Negative and Billy Idol, and started in its current form in 2007. The band came second in 2009's prestigious Global Battle Of The Bands competition and have…

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Of Monsters & Men

Of Monsters and Men are the 2010 winners of Músiktilraunir (a nationwide Battle of the Bands competition). The band's name is apt and fitting to their lyrics, which mostly comprise stories of all kinds of monsters, both fictional and human. While they used to be mainly an acoustic band, OM&M has taken their sound to a different level…

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amiina – Sonic Puzzles

Originally a string quartet formed by four girls at the Reykjavík College of Music in the 1990s, amiina went on to cut its teeth as Sigur Rós' string section for the next decade.   Their debut album, Kurr (2007), was performed on a disparate jumble of instruments - musical saws, kalimbas, music boxes and seemingly anything that could…

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Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir – Iceland’s “Charismatic Cellist”

Praised by the New York Times as ”a charismatic cellist”, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician across the U.S., Germany, France, Poland, Italy and her native Iceland and she has performed concerts with the Des Moines Symphony (Iowa) and the Silesian Philharmonic (Poland), among others. Saeunn has garnered numerous top prizes, including most recently,…

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A Heart II Heart With Steed Lord

Icelandic trio Steed Lord are back with their 2nd full-length studio album Heart II Heart. The album is a taste of their new sound and direction after having moved their headquarters from Iceland to Los Angeles and having become a three-piece band with producers M.E.G.A and DEMO and vocal diva KALI. Icelandmusic.is caught up with the trio.  …

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Hjálmar – From Keflavík To Kingston

The Icelandic band Hjálmar has, since its creation in 2004, become something of a cultural phenomenon in Iceland. The band that started out as an Icelandic reggae experiment managed, despite the disbelief of established record labels, to touch the island's souls with its capturing mixture of sunny reggae and Icelandic musical roots. The band's authentic sound, sincerity and…

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Daníel Ágúst

Daníel Ágúst is one of the instigators and band leaders of GusGus, Nydonsk and Esja and is an active songwriter in all of them as well as tending to his own solo career. The Drift is his second solo album. It's quite different from "Swallowed A Star" where he portrayed his romantic side with blissful mini symphonies. There…

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Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Miners Hymns…

Jóhann Jóhannsson was born in Iceland but currently resides in Copenhagen, Denmark. His work frequently combines electronics with classical orchestrations. His work bears the influence of minimalism, drone music, baroque music and electro-acoustic music and Jóhann’s background in Iceland’s flourishing independent music scene also informs his work. He released his first solo record Englabörn in 2002 on the…

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