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1860 Folk
Pop
1860’s music has and underlying folk pop element, akin to Simon & Garfunkel and Fleet Foxes combined with a hint of more popular rock such as Arcade Fire, Radiohead and more.
7oi Electronic
Experimental
7oi makes cross-genre music that is is not bound by labels, while sustaining a musical element that makes his tracks connect together.
AdHd Indie
Jazz
Although with their roots jazz, ADHD is undeniably versatile, impressing their audience with an eruptive live energy.
AFK Electronic
R&B
AFK is not only a singer and a songwriter with many soulful R&B hits, but also a true visual artist, who paints, draws, creates and designs all of his artwork.
Agent Fresco Experimental
Rock
Agent Fresco is a progressive Art rock band that is as untamed, graceful, momentous, dangerous and unpredictable as the land they come from.
Agnar Már Magnússon Alternative
Jazz
Agnar is a acclaimed pianist-composer, who has arranged music for CDs and musicals, worked with The Reykjavik Big Band for many years and had concerts both in Iceland and abroad.
ALDA Pop
Rock
ALDA is an Icelandic pop vocalist, instrumentalist & songwriter, true to her home ground and Icelandic folklore.
Alda Björk Ólafsdóttir Pop Alda is a singer/songwriter formerly signed to Zomba/Jive and the later on Wildstar Records with whom she enjoyed huge success selling over 5 million records worldwide.
Alexandra Chernyshova Classical Alexandra Chernyshova is gifted a soprano and composer with an enchanting stage presence from Iceland.
Almyrkvi Metal Almyrkvi was created as an instrument to explore the outer cosmic reaches through expansive and enveloping Black Metal laced with dark ambient elements.
Alvia Islandia Electronic
Hip Hop
Alvia started rapping at the age of 16 over electronic beats. She is an amalgamation of several music styles – bass, melody, trap, electronic, rap and house.
AmabAdamA Reggae AmabAdamA is for lovers of the reggae heart beat and vibing to an energetic bassline.
AMFJ Electronic AMFJ’s shows are filled with mesmerizing feedback loops mixed with loud, beat-oriented playbacks and feature heavily sound-altered vocals presented with a powerful and theatrical performance.
amiina Experimental Known for their collaboration with Sigur Rós, amiina started out playing classical music but has increasingly moved to play all sorts of music with various bands in Reykjavík.
Andi Kristins composer
Soundtrack
Andi began as a classical violinist and now works out of her studio in Brooklyn, New York. Her music has been featured at several international film festivals.
Andy Svarthol Alternative
Pop
While the band’s style is ever-changing, their current sound ranges from upbeat pop as in earlier musical projects (Nóra) to experimental noise rock (think Animal Collective or Fuck Buttons).
Anna Claessen Singer-songwriter Anna Claessen is coach and a triple threat. She currently hosts Entertainment Drive-Thru, teaching Zumba Fitness and singing with Anna and the Bells.
Anna Mjöll Jazz Iceland’s gift to contemporary jazz vocalizing brings her unique style to songs that reach easily across the jazz boundaries.
Anna Thorvaldsdottir Classical contemporary Anna’s music reflects her sense of imaginative listening to landscapes and nature, resulting in a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere.
Annes Electronic
Jazz
Annes is an electronic jazz group, which consists of five of Iceland’s most prolific musicians and composers. The band’s latest album, Frost, was Jazz Album of the Year at the 2017 Icelandic Music Awards.
Apparat Organ Quartet Electronic The band’s sound has evolved from atmospheric and minimalistic post-rock to a more robust, riff-driven sound with a mixture of Kraftwerk-inspired electronics, Daft Punk-like robot voices and hard rock beats.
Arnaldur Arnarson Classical Arnaldur Arnarson is a Barcelona-based acclaimed classical guitarist whose repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present day. Apart from performing with orchestras, he frequently plays with singers, other instrumentalists, string quartets and chamber groups.
Arndís Halla Classical
Classical crossover
Iceland’s celebrated soprano opera singer roams between the different worlds of classical and pop music, theatre and show.
Arni Karlsson Jazz Arni Karlsson is a pianist and composer who has been an active in the jazz scene for up to 20 years, releasing 4 solo albums and collaborating with directors in theaters and film in Iceland since 2005.
Arnór Dan Singer-songwriter
Árný Indie pop Árný’s captivating performance entwines vulnerability and strength, a battle mirrored in her lyrics which are written about the struggle to overcome inner barriers and allowing oneself to be vulnerable.
Árstíðir Indie folk
Rock
Since Árstíðir’s formation in 2008, the band has released four full-length albums and through relentless touring built a devoted fan base all over Europe, Russia and the United States.
Ása Pop Inspired by the likes of Norah Jones and Johnny Cash, Ása’s music will create an uplifting feeling within you and a immediate desire to lose yourself in the rhythm and the lyrics.
Ásgeir Folk
Pop
Ásgeir’s songs can be desribed as light and airy. His distinctive melancholic voice elevates his music beyond merely folktronica.
aska Electronic Using only analog synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines, aska’s music is implemented around Kristófer’s poetry which is the main driver of the music.
Asonat Electronic
Pop
Their latest album Connect is subtle, gratifyingly warm and a perfect slice of vocally biased electronic music.
Atli Heimir Sveinsson Classical contemporary Atli has written a wide range of works, including four symphonies, nine concertos, five operas and a large number of chamber pieces that have been performed all around the world.
Atli Ingolfsson Classical contemporary
composer
This renowed composer’s works reflect his interest in prosody, and rhythm and metrics may be said to occupy a central role in many of them.
Audio Nation Country
Rock
Axel Flóvent Indie folk His music can be described as modern folk music. At its core its acoustic and low key but bears obvious influences from other forms of music, such as indie rock, pop and electronic music.
Axel O & Co Country
Rock
Axel O & Co is a country band based in Reykjavik, founded in 2015. They released their first album Open Road in 2016 and were awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Texas Sounds Country Music Awards in 2017.
Bang Gang Indie pop The music of Bang Gang is often noted for its melancholic beauty and a cinematic quality, which is hardly surprising: Bardi’s original film soundtracks are well known.
Barokkbandið Brák Classical The group mainly consists of young musicians who all share a passion for historical performance of medieval and baroque music.
Baula Alternative
Pop
Baula is a part Swedish, part Icelandic alternative pop band based in Gothenburg.
Beatmakin Troopa Ambient
Electronic
Pan Thorarensen (solo artist name Beatmakin Troopa) has made a history in Icelandic music scene having released many albums and side projects in the past 12 years.
Beatur DJ Beatur is an extraordinary entertainer, master of ceremonies, singer, DJ and beatboxer.
Beebee and the Bluebirds Blues
Jazz
Their music is a fusion of jazz, improvisation and blues, but also reaches for the soul.
Bellstop Alternative
Indie folk
Causing trouble with an acoustic guitar, making friends in high places with vocals and offering you serenity with music.
Ben Frost Electronic
Experimental
His albums fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing metal.
Beneath Metal The band set out to play fast technical death metal, but incorporated elements from older styles of death metal, as well as other genres, such as black metal.
Benni Hemm Hemm Indie pop Benni Hemm Hemm, the Icelandic indie pop band fronted by Benedikt H. Hermannsson, first began to take root when Hermannsson moved to Italy for a few months and began to write a new batch of songs.
Benny Crespo’s Gang Alternative
Indie
The band continually weaves together different elements in their music with BCG shows being described as utter madness mixed with complex beauty.
BenSol Electronic Dj BenSol presents rhythms that recall how we walk and heartbeats we heard in the womb.
Berglind Ágústsdóttir Experimental Fairytale artist and singer from Iceland, living in Berlin, creating music, sculptures, drawings, video tapes and poems.
Berglind Tómasdóttir Classical Flutist and interdisciplinary artist Berglind Tómasdóttir frequently explores identity and archetypes in her work.
Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir Classical contemporary
composer
Bergrún is an Icelandic composer, performer and sound artist based in Brooklyn, NY and Reykjavík.
Berndsen Retro
Rock
Armed with early 80’s instruments and drum machines, Berndsen started to write pop tunes produced by Hermigervill.
Biggi Hilmars Classical contemporary
composer
Soundtrack
As one of Europe’s most in demand composers, his work on film scores, movie trailers, for television and commercials, will be familiar to many for its distinctive, provocative and deeply original sound.
Birnir Hip Hop
Rap
Birnir has become one of Iceland’s best known performers as filling up festival rooms and topping the charts. Well known deep within the ranks of Icelandic Hip-Hop, Birnir represents the very best of young and fresh rappers of Iceland.
Bistro Boy Electronic BistroBoy´s music has been described as smooth and 80’s rooted with an electronic twist.
Björk Alternative
Electronic
Experimental
Over her four-decade career, she has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on a range of influences and genres, while collaborating with various artists and exploring a variety of multimedia projects.
Björk Viggósdóttir Electronic Björk Viggósdóttir is an artist / musician who uses various elements to engage the senses to appeal to viewers’ imaginations, playing live recordings of sounds, using small instruments and her voice like an instrument.
Björn Thoroddsen Jazz
Rock
Originally a rock musician, his attention soon turned towards jazz, and now Björn tours both as a soloist and with his bands all around the world.
Bjössi Trúbador Pop Bjössi is a guitar player and songwriter, playing as Trúbador all over Iceland since 1992.
Bláskjár Electronic
Indie folk
Bláskjár’s music is a mixture of neo-classical and electronic folk music where storytelling plays a big role.
Bloodgroup Electronic This simmering set of electro, pop and dance music has drawn positively early comparisons to groundbreaking acts, such as The Knife and Portishead, but Bloodgroup’s combination of sharp songwriting and crystalline production is entirely their own.
Boji Electronic Boji is an electronic music producer creating new style trap and psych-orientaded tracks & beats with a strong sense of songcraft & an open mind for odd tunings, expanded sounds and samples from new and old.
Borko Rock There is a sense of charismatic vibrancy which juxtaposes perfectly with the intricate nature of Borko’s carefully crafted music.
Börn Punk
Rock
Börn writes politically-thematic music with a hard punk and deathrock sound.
Brain Police Rock The men of Brain Police are Icelandic citizens but with the souls of American rock gods fueled by a desire to play dirty, kick ass rock and roll.
Bríet Pop
Brynjar Mar DJ
BSÍ Rock Reykjavík’s central bus terminal BSÍ is no longer only the most miserable location you can find in all Iceland – it’s also finally reincarneted and praised as the name of a very new band: BSÍ is a rumbling and rolling two-piece, DIY and krútt
Burkney Jack Alternative
Country
The otherworldly, ghostly aura of this strange world touches and seduces the listener and will not leave them.
Calder Alternative
Ambient
When Lárus Sigurðsson and Ólafur Josephsson crossed paths and decided to join forces, the result was a 5 track album of improvised, experimental, dreamy electric guitar music.
CAPUT ensemble Classical contemporary Through their earnest, skillful and passionate work, Caput has gratified innumerable listeners with their artistically eminent performances of contemporary music by Nordic composers.
Carpe Noctem Metal Their music forms a raw, chaotic and apocalyptic soundscape combined with Icelandic lyrics. Often referencing scripture, Norse mythology, occult writings, apocalyptic prophecies and Icelandic black magic rituals.
Casio Fatso Rock Casio Fatso is a very energetic band, their songs characterized by distorted electric guitars, contrasting song dynamics and apathetic and/or angst-filled lyrics.
Caterpillarmen Rock Caterpillarmen was formed in 2009, and have already released 3 rock albums, with full of energetic sounds.
Celestine Metal Celestine evokes a chilling grind built on heavy guitar sound, guttural vocals from one of the most promising throats in the business.
Cell7 Hip Hop
Rap
With her performance experience and DJ Big Gee by her side, the live performances promise to be dynamic, energetic and entertaining.
Chico Rockstar Electronic
Contalgen Funeral Jazz
Swing
Their music can be described a mixture of traditional blues, cabaret-style jazz and folk, influenced by the likes of Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello.
Cryptochrome Electronic
Hip Hop
Mixing beat heavy, underground hip hop and bouncey eletronica with a nomadic, positive energy, you can’t help but be moved by their latest offering.
Curver Thoroddsen Experimental His main focus has been experimental and fringe music of all shapes and sizes, and he has collaborated with (and produced) numerous artists.
DALÍ Pop
Rock
Fronted by a singing female bassist who sings about love but also burying those lovers alive – it’s never a dull moment with DALÍ.
Daníel Bjarnason Classical contemporary Daníel Bjarnason’s music has been described as “coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world” (Time Out New York)
Danimal Folk The music has been described as a modest and melodic acoustic music that will make you either really sad or really happy.
Davíð Brynjar Franzson composer
Experimental
Davíð Brynjar Franzson is a composer based in New York. His music captivate yourself through hypnotic sounds and interaction of the instruments, characterized by the re-contextualization of sounds.
Deer God Electronic
Experimental
Based in Akureyri, Deer God’s main focus has been experimental and electronic music. Their last album was produced in collaboration with Luminous Shade.
Dikta Indie
Rock
With five full-length releases, Dikta’s third album “Get it together” went platinum in Iceland alongside several successful singles.
Disa Pop Disa is a singer and songwriter based in Copenhagen. Her music is characterised by her warm and soft voice, with slow electronic tempo.
dj. flugvél og geimskip Electronic Dj. Flugvél og Geimskip means ‘DJ Airplane and Spaceship’. Her music combines electronics, pop, horror, and psychedelia sounds with a poetic and powerful presence on stage.
Dream Wife Punk
Rock
From their beginnings at art school in Brighton, this Icelandic-British punk-rock band flip the script and smash expectations with their feminist attitudes.
Dulvitund Experimental Starting in 2013, Dulvitund music consists of gloomy electronics and minimalistic percussion. The human condition and crippling depression is the main theme, along with the cold hard reality that we all face.
Dynfari Rock Dynfari plays heavily atmospheric and black metal influenced music. Since its formation in 2010 this now fully formed Icelandic band has made four albums.
Einar Scheving Blues
Jazz
Drummer Einar Scheving is a mainstay on the Icelandic music scene and an acclaimed composer, with three Icelandic Music Awards under his belt. Look out for the Einar Scheving Quartet.
Einar Torfi Einarsson Experimental
EinarIndra Electronic EinarIndra is an electronic musician who mixes smooth electronics with his distinct vocal manipulation.
Eldberg Rock ELDBERG is a Icelandic progressive rock group formed in late 2008. They play powerful post-progressive rock with an old style sound.
Elevator Pop
Elfa Rún Classical Icelandic violinist Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir first came to international prominence in 2006, when she won the Grand Prize, Audience Prize and prize for the youngest finalist in the International Bach Competition in Leipzig.
Elín Ey Folk
Pop
Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir Classical Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir (1965) is a composer. She studied in Iceland and in the Netherlands. Currently living in Selfoss, South Iceland. She has composed solo works, chamber music and choir music.
Elín Halldórsdóttir Indie
Singer-songwriter
Elín Helena Rock
Eliza Newman Singer-songwriter Musician, singer, songwriter from Iceland. She is a solo artist but also ainger/violinist with Bellatrix/Kolrassa
Emiliana Torrini Singer-songwriter
Endless Dark Rock
Epic Rain Alternative
Electronic
“Epic Rain is a Icelandic music group, featuring 5 members. The moniker reflects the mood of the music which is often evocative and haunting. The lyrics describe in picturesque detail persons, their thoughts and actions in an insecure and menacing world, often illustrating a
ET Tumason Blues
Folk
Eydís Evensen Classical
Neoclassical
Eydís Evensen is a classically trained pianist and post-classical composer from Northern Iceland, now residing in New York. Eydís composed her first piece at aged 7 and takes inspiration from different musical cultures as well as the landscapes of home.
Flekar Folk
Pop
Flekar play some sort of somber jangly pop loaded with synths and home-studio magic. While the soundscapes are intricate and carefully orchestrated, the term “lo-fi” fits the description, making a musical mosaic of offbeat pop with elements of folk and psych.
Flóni Hip Hop Flóni is an underground sensation in the Icelandic hip-hop scene. He has taken the music scene by storm, blending soothing R&B and powerful trap. Following his first album “Flóni” he brought his energetic stage performance and charming attitude to critical acclaim.
FM Belfast Electronic
Pop
For a Minor Reflection Alternative
Rock
Foreign Monkeys Metal
Rock
Fufanu Alternative
Electronic
Fufanu are a trio from Reykjavik, and currently they take no prisoners.
Funi Folk Icelandic and English folk songs accompanied on langspil, guitar, kantele and hammered dulcimer. Bára Grímsdóttir and Chris Foster want to show the icelandic folk song heritage.
Funk Harmony Park Electronic
Gardar Cortes Classical
Geislar Retro
Ghostigital Electronic
Gluteus Maximus DJ
Electronic
Godchilla Rock Godchilla are three mysterious boys ripping sludgy waves. They quickly garnered a reputation for loud, intense live performances with elaborate visual and atmospheric elements.
Good Moon Deer Jazz Good Moon Deer is the brainchild of graphic designer and artist Guðmundur Ingi Úlfarsson. His often uncategorizable sound has been described as jazz for the digital age.
Gosi Electronic Gosi is the identity of a young soul who makes indie-dance music with lyrics inspired by fiction, pigeons and fairytales.
Greifarnir Pop
Grísalappalísa Punk
Rock
The group was founded on the idea of writing razor-sharp Icelandic lyrics firmly rooted in the Icelandic literary tradition and blending them with the groups raw freewheeling kraut and punk rock cocktail.
Grúska Babúska Electronic
Folk
“Grúska babúska is an Icelandic all female 6 piece band from Iceland, that plays out of this world, fairytail-like synth/folk/pop/wonk”
Gudrun Olafsdottir Classical
Gunnar Karel Másson composer
Gusgus Electronic
Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson Classical contemporary Guðmundur has developed a unique style based of rhythm that is partly influenced by traditional Icelandic Music. This serves as the basis for all his music, which currently counts close to 200 works.
Gyða Valtysdottir composer
Soundtrack
Classically trained, Gyda has created music for films, installations, dance, among many other creative ventures, possessing a rare range of musical experiences which creates a unique alchemical compound.
Hafdís Bjarnadóttir composer
Hafdís Huld Folk
Pop
Halla Norðfjörð Folk
Halleluwah Electronic
Indie pop
Hallur Ingólfsson composer
Hallvardur Asgeirsson Rock
HAM Rock
Háskólakórinn Choral “The University Choir was founded in 1972 and now consists of around 70 singers, most of whom are students at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík University, or the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Every year foreign exchange students in Iceland participate in the choir
Haukur Tómasson Classical
composer
The music of Haukur Tómasson is vibrant and scintillating, characterized by intense rhythmic activity, bright, colorful timbres, and a keen ear for novel and effective instrumental combinations.
Haukur Þór Harðarson Classical
composer
“Haukur Þór Harðarson’s work probes the physicality of the space in which listening occurs. Through the delicate and morphological transformation of sounds and resonances, he explores the possibility of bringing the listener into closer contact with the acoustic space and time in which they
HEIDRIK Folk
Helgi Jónsson Folk
Herbert Guðmundsson Pop
Hide Your Kids Indie pop
Hildur Pop
Hildur Ingveldardóttir Gudnadóttir Classical contemporary
composer
She is a composer, cello player, and singer who has been manifesting herself at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary music (e.g. with the band múm). In her solo works she draws out a broad spectrum of sounds from her instrument, ranging from
Hilmar Garðarsson Singer-songwriter
Himbrimi Rock Himbrimi combines elements of powerful dramatic pop, electronic soundscapes topped off with powerful explosions of rock.
Hinemoa Indie folk Hinemoa is a band that plays dreamy folk music with a steady rhythm.
Hjálmar Reggae Maybe it was the long Icelandic summer days that inspired a group of friends to combine their passion for the sounds of Jamaica with the sounds of their homeland to create a unique blend of warm, old school reggae, sung entirely in Icelandic.
Hjaltalín Indie
Hoffman Rock
Högni Ambient
Electronic
Hugar Ambient
Neoclassical
Iceland Symphony Orchestra Classical The orchestra was founded in 1950 and is one of the leading institutions on the Icelandic cultural scene.
In the Company of Men Metal In The Company Of Men (ITCOM) is a four piece hardcore/math-core act from Iceland that has made a name for itself not only through their unique sound and always explosive live shows, but also with the unpredictable nature of their provocative, aggressive and entertaining
Indridi Alternative
Indie
Indridi’s background is both in hardcore music as part of the band Muck and also in fine arts, from his studies at the Icelandic Academy of Arts. He now focuses on his solo project Indridi, a not to miss in the Icelandic musical fauna.
Ingi Bjarni Trio Blues
Jazz
Ingi Bjarni Trio plays their own kind of folk music with the freedom of expressiveness, and space for both lyrical and free improvisation.
Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir composer
Experimental
Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir is a composer, vocal improviser, and a sound-artist based in Oakland/California and Reykjavík/Iceland.
Ingunn Huld Folk
Singer-songwriter
Ingunn Huld is a singer/songwriter who’s music might be described as folk or folk/pop. Her songs are in Icelandic and English, often inspired by Icelandic dramatic nature and life. She published her debut album, Fjúk, in November 2015.
ÍRiiS Electronic
Indie folk
James McVinnie Classical
Jelena Ćirić Folk
Singer-songwriter
Singer-songwriter Jelena Ćirić’s music will draw you in with its warmth, quirkiness, and honesty. You’ll hear echoes of Serbia, where she was born, and of Canada, where she grew up. You’ll hear hints of folk, jazz, and pop, brought down to earth. Ultimately you’ll
JFDR Indie pop Jófríður Ákadóttir has been involved in more artistic projects than her age would imply. A member of Pascal Pinon, Samaris and Gangly – she now performs solo as JFDR on a new adventure altogether, with her trademark singing piecing the puzzles together like never
JJ Soul Band Blues
Jóel Pálsson Blues
Jazz
ANNES is an Icelandic band which plays instrumental music written and arranged by the five members, who are all leading figures on the local music scene.
Joey Christ Hip Hop Joey Christ earned his reputation with Sturla Atlas. He released a record as a solo artist and quickly became one of Iceland’s biggest hip-hop phenomenons. With his work he firmly established a new era of collaboration in the scene.
Jóhann Jóhannsson Classical contemporary
Soundtrack
Jóhann Jóhannsson wrote music for a wide array of media including theatre, dance, television and films. His work is stylised by its blending of traditional orchestration with contemporary electronic elements.
JOHNNY AND THE REST Rock JOHNNY AND THE REST is a London/Reykjavik based four piece band originally from Reykjavik City in Iceland. The music of JOHNNY AND THE REST has evolved in all kinds of directions since the band was founded. Starting as a raw 70’s Blues Band to
Jón Jónsson Pop
Singer-songwriter
Jón Ólafsson Electronic
Jónas Sen composer Jónas works as a composer, pianist, music arranger, critic and music teacher. He was the keyboard player in Björk’s band on her world tours in 2007 and 2008. More recently he has been a guest performer in several of Björk’s Biophilia shows. Björk and
Jónína Aradóttir Folk
Singer-songwriter
Jonina is an Icelandic singer / songwriter raised in the rural southeastern countryside. It was amidst these sweeping hills and black sands where she cultivated her strong folk/country sound.​
Jónsi Ambient
Indie
Soundtrack
Jónsi is an Icelandic musician, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós.
Jungle Fiction Electronic
Júníus Meyvant Funk
Indie
Júníus Meyvant’s afflicted, concise, melodic and rich take on freaky folk pop has a highly familiar and soulful feel to it and a hint of attitude. Júníus’ wide sound pallet is all embracing and made up with his sultry voice, sizzling guitars, pummeling rhythms
Jussanam Dejah Blues
Jazz
Just Another Snake Cult Pop
Kajak Electronic KAJAK is a nordic electro/tribal band from Reykjavik, Iceland
Kaleo Rock
Kalli Pop
Singer-songwriter
Kalli – a.k.a. Icelandic singer-songwriter Karl Henry – used to be the frontman of Without Gravity, the band behind the critically received Tenderfoot album. When WG disbanded, Kalli picked up his guitar and recorded ten new songs for his debut solo album: While the
Kammerkór Suðurlands Classical The South Iceland Chamber Choir is comprised of musicians from the South of Iceland, as well as Iceland’s capital area. It was founded in 1997 by Hilmar Örn Agnarsson, who has been its conductor from the outset.
Kammersveit Reykjavíkur Classical The Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1974 under the leadership of Rut Ingólfsdóttir. It initially comprised a dozen young musicians who had recently returned to Iceland to perform with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and teach at the Reykjavík College of Music after advanced
Karl Hallgrímsson Folk pop
Kiasmos Electronic Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen have dedicated themselves to exploring the area in-between Ólafur’s more acoustic, piano-based solo work and Janus’s synth-heavy electro pop, with their collaborative electronic project Kiasmos.
Kippi Kaninus Electronic
Kira Kira composer
Soundtrack
Kira Kira is Kristin Bjork Kristjansdottir, a composer and music producer from Iceland. She comes from a background of mixing art forms and collaborating across medias.
Kiriyama Family Electronic
Pop
Kiriyama Family is a six piece electronic pop ensemble hailing from various towns in the South Coast of Iceland. Armed with an array of synthesizers, guitar and bass, Kiriyama Family has developed a unique take on electronic pop music; apart from their drummer no
Klassart Blues
Jazz
KRÍA Electronic Created and conceived outside the human body, KRÍA was born in Iceland with an outsider’s perspective. Self sufficient and thriving in solitude she has invented ice-pop, a genre distinguished by gloomy electronica of the post internet age with soothing vocals to bring her vision
Kristín Jónína Taylor Classical Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor is an Icelandic-American pianist who has been enthusiastically received for her performances of Nordic piano works, including the North American premiere of Jón Nordal’s Piano Concerto in 2003 and programs by invitation in Washington D.C. for the Ambassador of Iceland
Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir Classical contemporary Kristin Thora seamlessly blends instruments and voices with field recordings to create lush, haunting soundscapes and baroque ballads, that mirrors the natural world and our place within it.
KverK Electronic KverK is Tom Manoury.
Kælan Mikla Punk
Synth
Synth post-punk trio.
Lára Rúnars Indie pop Born and raised in Reykjavík, Lára developed a love of music while growing up listening to her father playing and recording with legendary Icelandic band Grafík.
Laser Life Punk
Synth
Inspired by lo-fi production methods, film soundtracks and synthesizers, Laser Life creates an interesting soundworld packed with 80s and 90s nostalgia.
Latínudeildin – Latin Faculty Jazz
Lay Low Indie folk
Singer-songwriter
Lay Low is a British-born Sri Lankan-Icelandic artist and singer. As a child she began taking piano lessons but started playing electric bass and guitar in her teens, and has since then played with numerous local bands.
Lazyblood Experimental The icelandic band Lazyblood is a duet with Valdimar Jóhannsson and Erna Ómarsdóttir. The music is described as an electronic metal opera with some theatrical and physical input, some touch of disco and innovative headbanging.
Legend Metal
Lily of the Valley Folk
Pop
Lockerbie Pop
Rock
From Reykjavik, Iceland – Lockerbie mixes the usual pop/rock and powerful but ambient post-rock together in an interesting way.
Logi Pedro Hip Hop Logi Pedro is an Icelandic-Angolan record producer and musician who recently started his own solo project. Logi has been around the Icelandic music scene for a long time and has made a name for himself in Iceland’s flourishing hip-hop scene on the sidelines.
Lord Pusswhip Electronic
Hip Hop
Mafama Electronic
Magnetosphere Electronic
Malneirophrenia Chamber
Experimental
Punk
Malneirophrenia is an instrumental trio consisting of cello, piano and bass. Their music is a neoclassical and melodramatic fusion of imaginary film soundtracks and experimental metal.
Mammút Rock Mammút are melodic and catchy and beautiful and addictive. They are also darker and heavier than you think they are—maybe they tricked you? This is true though: Mammút craft distorted and beautiful lullabies while maintaining a solid grasp on melody and an eternally independent
Marteinn Sindri Folk
Singer-songwriter
With a broad background in music, Marteinn Sindri delivers rich lyrics through tightly knit folk and pop oriented compositions.
Matti sax Funk
Jazz
He’s a composer, arranger, music teacher, saxophone, clarinet and a piano player.
Maximus Musicus Classical
Mighty Bear Ambient
Electronic
Mighty Bear makes for a mysterious new face on the electronic scene. This darkly figure cross-pollinates the worlds of drag culture and abstract electronic pop. Strutting in a ghostly, glamorous mask to intense but ethereal beats.
Mikael Lind Ambient
composer
Mikael’s music is often based around simple themes that gradually evolve into more complex creations, where sounds and textures are given enough space to slowly introduce themselves, expand, and finally be manipulated into something different.
MIlljón Electronic Producer based in Reykjavík that blends together Vaporwave and Hip-hop soundscapes.
MIMRA Electronic
Indie pop
MIMRA performs her multi dimensional arrangements as a solo act on stage. She brilliantly sings along electronic beats and soothing synths, using loop pedals and keyboard to her aid with extravagant results.
Miri Rock
Mógil Ambient
Folk
The world of Mógil is atmospheric, intimate and mysterious. It is always warm, be it from the midnight sun in summertime or the blaze of a fireplace in wintertime.
Morgan Kane Alternative
Rock
Morðingjarnir Punk
Rock
Moses Hightower Pop
Retro
Muck Punk
Rock
Mugison Folk
Pop
Múgsefjun Folk
múm Experimental
Munstur Rock Munstur is a duo from Reykjavík, formed by Kristinn Arnar (Kass) & Atli Arnarsson. “Munstur” means “pattern”and it represents a certain way of thinking about music.
Muted Electronic
My bubba Folk
Pop
Scandinavian folk duo My Bubba make soft, soulful music that is as playful as it is powerful.
My Sweet Baklava Folk
Pop
My Sweet Baklava play their original songs with lyrics in English and Icelandic. Their style can be described as pop/folk music with a touch of rock. Vocals and guitars play a big role with charming melodies floating on a solid ground
Myrká Experimental
Rock
Myrra Rós Singer-songwriter
Nadia Sirota Classical Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience.
Nexion Metal
Nico Muhly composer Nico Muhly is an American composer and sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition.
noise Rock
Nolem Electronic
Nolo Indie
Retro
A duo from Iceland playing all sorts of music together.
Nóra Indie
Rock
Nóra has a unique sound and their live performances are tight and powerful. Their music is characterized by the interplaying vocals of brother and sister Egill and Auður, a dense soundscape made from various synths and samples topped with charming, if at times epic,
Nordic Affect Classical
Númer Núll Rock
Óbó Ambient
Experimental
Óbó’s musical handwriting has been all over the Icelandic map in recent years: A multi-instrumentalist and a wizard on percussions, he studied piano and later composition in various European cities and has performed and recorded with artists such as Sigur Rós, Jónsi, Emiliana Torrini,
Of Monsters and Men Folk
Pop
Ojba Rasta Reggae
Rock
Ólafur Arnalds Ambient
Neoclassical
Ólafur Arnalds is an Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer from Mosfellsbær. He mixes strings and piano with loops and beats crossing over from ambient/electronic to pop.
Ólafur í Hvarfi Alternative
Folk
Ólöf Arnalds Folk
Singer-songwriter
Ólöf Arnalds is an Icelandic singer and multi-instrumentalist. Classically educated on the violin, viola and self-taught on guitar and charango, Ólöf’s most distinctive asset is, nonetheless, her voice. A voice of instantly captivating, spring water chasteness possessed of a magical, otherworldly quality that is
Omotrack Electronic
Indie pop
A band of two Icelandic brothers who were raised in a small village called Omo Rate in Ethopia.
Ourlives Indie pop
Rock
Oyama Rock
Páll Ragnar Pálsson composer
Pascal Pinon Indie pop
Paul Corley Ambient
Peter S. Quinn composer
Pétur Ben Indie
Rock
Pink Street Boys Rock
Porterhouse Pop
Rock
Possimiste Indie pop Possimiste is a New Age movement – inspired character whose songs take a listener on an intimate journey through fairy-tale’ish pop soundscapes.
Prins Póló Electronic
Indie pop
Puzzle Muteson Indie folk
Singer-songwriter
Ragnar Ólafsson Folk
Ragnar Zolberg Rock
Ragnheiður Gröndal Folk
Pop
Rebekka Sif Indie pop
Singer-songwriter
Reptilicus Electronic Reptilicus has stalked the fringes of the Icelandic musical landscape since 1988, taking its cue from the creativity of krautrock, the intricacies of industrial electronica and Dada.
Retro Stefson Electronic
Pop
Reykjavik Opera Classical
Reykjavíkurdætur Rap It’s a female hip-hop-group. They count 10 members and are recognized for their dynamic lyrics and energetic stage-performance. The core of their ideology is to rebel against conservative misogynistic values of modern society, this shines clearly through their lyrics: the empowerment of women standing
Robert the Roommate Folk
Pop
Rökkurró Indie
Ruddinn Electronic
Indie
Russian.girls Experimental
Indie pop
Russian.girls started as a solo project by Guðlaugur Halldór Einarsson also known for his band Fufanu. Now Russian.girls counts three band members with Tatjana Das and Gylfi Sigurðsson. In 2015, Russian.girls was nominated as the best newcomer album with ‚Old Stories’ at The Icelandic
Ruxpin Electronic
Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir Classical Icelandic cellist, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir is a soloist, chamber musician, teaching artist and classical music advocate.
Sam Amidon Indie folk
Samaris Electronic
Indie pop
Combining disparate elements of electronics, clarinet and voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting chant-like vocals – the lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems.
Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band Blues
Jazz
Seint Electronic
Pop
Sesar A Hip Hop
Shéhérazade hópurinn (Töfrahurð) Classical
Sigmar Matthiasson Jazz Bassist & composer Sigmar Matthíasson released his debut solo album, ÁRÓRA, in September 2018. Combining jazz with different genres to create a surprising mixture of powerful and lyrical music with an adventurous, yet still a stable outcome.
Sigrun Electronic
Experimental
Based around experimental electronica. Eager industrial beats carrying bursts of savoury melodies. SiGRÚN is a composer, vocalist and multi instrumentalist who has also been noted for her work touring with artists such as Björk, Florence and the Machine and Sigur Rós.
Sigur Rós Post Rock
Sigurður Sævarsson composer
Silja Rós Indie pop
Singer-songwriter
Silja ROS is an Icelandic singer-songwriter and actress living in LA. Her music is a mixture of Dreamy indie pop and folk music influenced by jazz. Silja Rós is the lead singer of Magnus Dagsson’s debut album “afflicted” & Future Lion’s single “More of
Simon Latham Electronic
Sin Fang Electronic
Indie
Sindri Eldon Rock
Sing For Me Sandra Indie Rock Sing For Me Sandra is a 5 piece, fanatical choir boy, indie pop/rock group that mixes 3 very different lead vocalists, three melodic guitars, drums and bass.
Sinmara Metal Dark and haunting Black Metal.
Sísý Ey Electronic
Skálmöld Metal
Skátar Indie
Punk
The music of Skátar is like dancing about architecture. It’s weird and fun and unpredictable and potentially stupid. And it is certainly made without any regard whatsoever to anyones expectations, or perceptions.
Skúli mennski Indie
Singer-songwriter
Snorri Hallgrímsson composer Snorri Hallgrímsson is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist whose music blends together haunting strings, distorted beats, intimate pianos, and his own ethereal voice.
Snorri Helgason Indie folk
Snorri Sigfús Birgisson Classical
composer
Sóley Indie folk
Indie pop
Sólstafir Metal Their unique blend of metal with beautiful melodies, psychedelic moments and a strong undercurrent of classic / hard rock comes as varied and at times appealingly bizarre as the landscapes of their native Iceland.
Sometime Electronic
Pop
Stafrænn Hákon Ambient
Rock
Stefán S. Stefánsson Blues
Jazz
Steve Sampling Electronic Deeply rooted in hiphop & soul music, Steve Samplings’s sound is ever evolving, pacing back & forth between the lounge and the dance floor.
Strengjasveitin Skark Classical
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Sturla Atlas Hip Hop Sturla Atlas stepped on the Icelandic music scene as a small project amongst friends who quickly developed a reputation for explosive and mature presence on stage.
Subminimal Electronic
Sunna Friðjóns Experimental
Indie pop
Sunna Gunnlaugs Blues
Jazz
Sunnyside Road Indie folk
Indie pop
Suð Indie
Rock
Svartidauði Metal Apocalyptic and nightmarish Black Metal.
Svavar Knutur Folk
Sveinn Guðmundsson Folk
Synthadelia Electronic
Terrordisco Electronic
The Foghorns Folk
Rock
The Vintage Caravan Blues
Rock
Thor Kristinsson Pop
Rock
Thora Einarsdottir Classical
Thordur Magnusson composer Belonging to the younger generation of Icelandic composers, Thordur Magnusson bears the fresh and audacious qualities of his generation, whilst unafraid to maintain ties with tradition, with his Icelandic as well as international musical heritage.
Tilbury Indie pop
Tom Hannay Singer-songwriter Perfectly extracting the essence of classic singer songwriting, the expansive and soaring sound of Tom Hannay is underpinned by melodic invention, dynamic pacing and acutely observed lyrical themes. These are songs of rich and fine detail played with abandon and urgency.
Tómas R. Einarsson Jazz
Tonik Ensemble Electronic Exploring the vast expanse of the electronic spectrum the soundscape is a mix of electronics and the more organic live instruments. It is a strong signature sound of contrasts: rich and stripped bare, minimalist but intricate, finely crafted and yet very instinctive.
Tony the Pony Pop
Rock
Torrek Folk Torrek’s music is a fusion of North Atlantic folk songs, Eastern percussion and cinematic electronic elements.
Úlfar Ingi Haraldsson Classical
composer
Úlfur Ambient Úlfur is a critically acclaimed composer who has worked with a range of artists such as Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Anna Von Hausswolff, Kronos Quartet and The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. He’s also a creator of unique instruments and an overall master of sonics.
Úlfur Eldjárn composer
Electronic
Úlfur Kolka Hip Hop
Úlfur Úlfur Rap
Una Stef Pop
Soul
In addition to writing and performing her own blend of soulful pop and R’n’B music, Una is an accomplished jazz singer and a graduate of the prestigious FÍH School of Music in Reykjavík.
Uni & Jón Tryggvi Folk
Unnsteinn Hip Hop A Icelandic music icon, Unnsteinn Manuel made a name for himself with his band, Retro Stefson. A unique vocalist, Unnsteinn has since Retro Stefson’s retirement been working on some music of his own.
Útidúr Indie pop Útidúr is a musical group that plays joyous and ambitious chamber-pop with a dramatic streak. Although this crew is quite (midnight) sunny in attitude they also know their way through darker waters.
Valdimar Indie Rock The music builds up from being soft and intimate to an exciting hair-raising, heart-stirring energy often with all members on stage playing full blast, making their live performances an unforgettable experience.
Valgeir Sigurðsson composer
VAR Indie
Vax Rock
Védís Hervör Indie pop
Veigar Margeirsson composer
Soundtrack
Vicky Rock
Vigri Alternative
Indie pop
Vigri plays melodic alternative music that flows effortlessly between atmospheric moments and heavy beats.
Víkingur Ólafsson Classical Possessing a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity and intellectual curiosity, the pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has won all the major prizes in his native country, including four Musician of the Year prizes at the Icelandic Music Awards.
Vil Ambient
Vök Electronic
Indie pop
Described as dream-pop/indie-electro band their sound consists of dreamy electronics with melodic vocals, distant saxophones and clean reverberated guitars.
We Made God Alternative
Rock
If normal pop music is like watching a sunny day through a passenger window, We Made God’s music would be like riding a monster truck through a blizzard. Violent and adrenaline filled, broken up by the occasional calm eye of the storm.
Weird Illusions Rock
Worm Is Green Electronic
Wormlust Metal
Ylja Acoustic
Folk
Yohanna Pop
Young Karin Pop
Youyou Electronic
Indie
Youyou is an international yet Icelandic project, rooted in dreamy indie rock but driven by electronic beats. Youyou is bright and melodic, with darkness looming just beneath the surface.
Þórir Georg Indie folk
Þorsteinn Kári Indie folk
Singer-songwriter
Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir composer
Þráinn Hjálmarsson Classical contemporary
composer
In his music, Hjalmarsson seeks to explore how our perception of sounds can be re-contextualized and transformed, magnifying our perception for details in sound.
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