Iceland at Jazzahead 2019
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From left: Ingi Bjarni Trio, Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio.
Below: Scott McLemore.
An exciting list of Icelandic jazzers are on the bill for JazzAhead Bremen – including Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio, Ingi Bjarni Trio and Scott McLemore.
Ingi Bjarni Trio brings together three active musicians from Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The members of the trio are: Ingi Bjarni Skúlason from Iceland on piano, Bárður Reinert Poulsen from the Faroe Islands on bass and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen from Iceland on drums. They will be playing a clubnight at Jazzahead.
Sunna Gunnlaugs has released four albums with her trio, “Ancestry” is the 4th album. It is the first time she has added another musician to the mix: Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola. The music is an extension of the mesmerizing melodic explorations for which the trio is known. With all the aesthetic subtleties Pohjola adds to the sound, the music takes on a new dimension.
“The Multiverse” is the 3rd album by Scott McLemore, an American drummer based in Iceland. Originally inspired by his encounters with the late John Abercrombie, the album revolves around the guitar featuring a multi-national quartet of two guitars, bass and drums. The music is full of melancholy, drama, joy and hope… as in the piece “Above the Horizon” which he penned after spending 13 winters in Iceland, holding out hope of seeing the January sun.
Iceland has many talented jazz artists such as Jóel Pálsson, Karl Olgeirsson, Sigmar Matthíasson and more. Mezzoforte is Iceland’s best known Jazz group.
In Iceland, the jazz scene is lively and interesting.
Reykjavík Jazz festival has been held annually since 1990, which means the festival turns 30 next year. The festival focuses on modern original jazz including nordic jazz and avant garde. It presents the best from the Icelandic local scene as well as international guests.
In Iceland there is a Jazz club, Múlinn, where the program is ambitious, diverse and a good example of the liveliness that characterizes the Icelandic jazz scene. Visitors can listen to top quality jazz at a reasonable price with a great view over the harbor in Harpa.
All around Reykjavik you can find bars that have Jazz nights every week for example Bryggjan Brugghús, Húrra, Kex hostel and Dillon.