Word Sound – Einar and the Voices

Einar Kárason rithöfundur og Raddir þjóðar bjóða í sameiningu uppá dagskrá talaðs máls þessa vinsæla höfundar og kunnáttumanns um íslenska bókmenntahefð. Tónlistarmennnirnir Sigurður Flosason og Pétur Grétarsson leggja til sína sérkennilegu blöndu spunatónlistar og elektrónískra útúrsnúninga á gömlum hljóðritunum úr Árnastofnun.

Dagskráin fer fram á íslensku með útskýringum á ensku eða þýsku (fer eftir áheyrendum). Þetta er samvinnuverkefni með inreykjavik.is

Writer Einar Kárason teams up with Voices of a Nation for a program of the spoken word of this celebrated Icelandic author and authority on Iceland´s literary heritage. Musicians Sigurður Flosason and Pétur Grétarsson present their unique blend of improvised music and electronics layered around old recordings from the vaults of the National Museum and the Árni Magnússon Institute.

Presented in Icelandic with explanations in English or German (depending on the audience). In cooperation with inReykjavik.  

ANNES

Hin nýstofnaða sveit ANNES leikur nú í fyrsta skipti á jazzhátið Reykjavíkur en kvintettinn er samsettur af nokkrum þungaviktarmönnum í íslensku jazzlífi. Efnisskráin er frumsamin af meðlimum sveitarinnar og blandast þar saman leikandi laglínur, rótsterkir ryþmar og rymjandi rómantík í kosmískt flæði þar sem rafmagn og akústík fallast í faðma.

The recently formed ANNES plays the Reykjavik Jazz Festival for the first time. Among them, the members of the band however probably have logged more hours at the festival than any band can claim. They are the back bone of the Icelandic music scene and present an original program of playful melodies, industrial strength rhythms and a harmonious romantic cosmic flow where electronics and acoustics become one.

Ari Bragi Kárason: Trumpet

Jóel Pálsson: Saxophone

Eyþór Gunnarsson: Piano and various electric keyboards

Guðmundur Pétursson: Guitar

Einar Scheving: Drums.

Magnus Quartet/Skarkali

Samstarfsverkefni jazzhljómsveita í Norður-Atlantshafi í sumar.

Við styrkjum tengslin við jazzfrændur okkar í Færeyjum. Tónleikasamstarf Skarkala og Magnus Quartet mun leiða til annara verkefna í framtíðinni.

Magnus Johannessen hefur lengi vakið athygli fyrir lýrískan píanóleik sinn og hefur í auknu mæli starfað sem útsetjari og tónsmiður.

Tríóið Skarkali var stofnað sumarið 2013. Áður hafa liðsmenn spilað saman í mörgum hópum við hin ýmsu tilefni eftir að hafa kynnst í Tónlistarskóla FÍH. Þaðan hafa þeir allir útskrifast á síðustu árum. Skarkali flytur aðallega frumsamda jazztónlist eftir Inga Bjarna þar sem fjölbreytnin er höfð í fyrirrúmi. Fágaður bassaleikur Valdimars og kraftmikill trommuleikur Óskars setja tónlistina á hærra plan!

Í fyrra spilaði Skarkali á Jazzhátíð Reykjavíkur og tók síðan þátt fyrir Íslands hönd í Young Nordic Jazz Comets sem haldin var í Þrándheimi, Noregi.

Magnus Quartet

Magnus Johannessen – pianó

Ólavur Olsen – trompet

Mikael Blak – bassi

Rógvi á Rógvu – trommur

Skarkali trio

Ingi Bjarni Skúlason – píanó

Valdimar Olgeirsson – bassi

Óskar Kjartansson – trommur

A band of up and coming  jazz musicians, who represented Iceland in the Young Nordic Jazz Comets in Trondheim last September to critical acclaim. Skarkali is refining their style for upcoming recordings.

Contemporary jazz musician, Magnus Johannessen is best known for his lyrical playing and melodic perspective. However in recent years, he has emerged as a composer and orchestrator.

Having worked and studied in Denmark, Iceland and the Faroes the past two decades, Magnus is clearly inspired by the Nordic jazz sound. A sound represented by a lonesome and haunting tone, space and improvised with the countries traditional folk music.

In addition to being inspired by the Nordic jazz sound, represented by a lonesome and haunting tone, space and traditional folk music, Magnus has also drawn much inspiration from jazz icons Bill Evans and Kenny Wheeler, Lyle Mays’ soundscaping, and the minimalism of Arvo Part. Magnus has managed to combine these sounds and personify a musical signature through his own harmonic instinct and lyrical playing.

Magnus has a vast musical experience which makes him a versatile and a sought after musician. He has worked on stages all over Europe – both large and small. Moreover, Magnus has studied music at the IMU school of Music in Reykjavik. In 2001, Magnus got recognition from his peers, when he was nominated to the Nordic Council’s Music Prize in 2001, along with renowned musicians Palle Mikkelborg, Bobo Stenson and Benny Andersson.

Magnus is well-versed in the mechanics of jazz, theatrical music, modern pop music trends, and experimental sounds. All of this is incorporated into a distinctive sound that is characteristically Northern, however universally appealing.

Hilmar/Ingebrigt

Bassaleikarinn Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten og gítarleikarinn Hilmar Jensson  munu leika saman í fyrsta sinn á tónlistarhátíðinni Jazz in Middelheim (Belgíu) 14 ágúst n.k. ásamt Nate Wooley, Andrew D’Angelo o.fl.

Í framhaldi af því koma þeir hingað til lands og leika í fyrsta sinn sem dúett á Budvar svið Jazzhátíðar í Björtuloftum 15. ágúst kl 22.

Ingebrigt Haker Flaten hefur leikið um allan heim með Mats Gustafson, Atomic, Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee og fleirum. Hann leikur með The Thing á lokatónleikum Jazzhátíðar 20. ágúst.

Hilmar Jensson hefur leikið í 35 löndum með AlasNoAxis, TYFT, Trevor Dunn, Eyvind Kang og mörgum fleirum.

This will be the first duo performance of Ingebrigt and Hilmar who come here directly from the Jazz in Middelheim in Belgium. They will perform on Friday the 15th at 10 pm on the Jazz Festival Budvar Stage in Harpa.

Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten has toured the world with Mats Gustafsson, Atomic, Ken Vandermar, and Joe McPhee just to mention a few. He will also perform with The Thing August 20th in Eldborg.

Hilmar Jensson has played his music in over 35 countries with Alas No Axis, Tyft, Trevor Dunn, Eyvind Kang and many more.

        

 

Passion in Jazz

Sýning á verkum pólska ljósmyndarans Sławek Przerwa á Jazzhátíð Reykjavíkur.

Jazzljósmyndarinn Sławek Przerwa er einn litríkasti þátttakandinn í pólska tónlistarlífinu. Hann er óþreytandi við að festa á filmu alla helstu viðburðina á evrópska tónlistarsviðinu. “Passion in Jazz”- “Jazzástríðan” er safn 20 svarthvítra ljósmynda af listamönnum á borð við Sonny Rollins. Joshua Redman og Kurt Elling, sem teknar hafa verið á síðustu fimm árum á jazzhátíðum í Póllandi.

Sławek Przerwa: Fyrir mörgum árum í gamla Rura klúbbnum í Wroclaw upplifði ég skyndilega ríka þörf fyrir  skrásetja á einhvern hátt allan tilfinningahitann, kraftinn og samskiptaferlið í þessari músík. Ég hef síðan orðið háður þessu og eftir hundruðir tónleika og þúsundir tónlistarmanna upplifi ég enn þessar miklu tilfinningar í hvert sinn sem ég smelli af. Vonandi tekst mér að bregða upp kraftmiklum minningum af þessum stórkostlegu viðburðum með myndum mínum. Sumar þeirra er hægt að sjá hér.

Sławek Przerwa, Polish top jazz photographer, at the Reykjavik Jazz Festival

Sławek Przerwa, jazz photographer, one of the most characteristic figures in Polish music industry. He constantly works with music festivals documenting the most important events of the European jazz scene. “Passion in jazz” is a collection of 20 black-and-white photos, portraits of great artists such as Sonny Rollins, Joshua Redman or Kurt Elling, shot in the past five years during jazz festivals and concerts in Poland. The exhibition will be presented from 14th till 20th of August on the ground floor of HARPA Reykjavik Concert Hall during Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2014.

Sławek Przerwa: Many years ago, while observing musicians performing in no longer existing Rura Club in Wroclaw (Poland), I suddenly started feeling the desire to capture their emotions, passion, way of communicating and the power of music. Since then it has become my drug – hundreds of concerts, thousands of musicians and enormous amount of emotion accompanying every pressing of the shutter. By presenting my photographs I hope to evoke the memories of these incredible events and to recall the power of music by means of imagery and imagination. My photographs can be seen here.

Supported by the “Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland” 

Snorri Sigurðarson

Trompetleikarinn Snorri Sigurðarson fagnar útgáfu sinnar fyrstu sólóplötu með tónleikum á Jazzhátíð Reykjavíkur sunnudaginn 17. ágúst. Platan Vellir hefur að geyma nýja tónlist eftir Snorra sem má lýsa sem kokteil af ljóðrænum línum og ólgandi hryn. Snorri hefur verið virkur í íslensku djass og popp lífi frá unga aldri, spilað á ótal hljómplötum, tónleikum, tónlistarhátíðum og leiksýningum og er meðlimur í Stórsveit Reykjavíkur og SjS Big Bandi. Með Snorra leika píanóleikarinn Agnar Már Magnússon, bassaleikarinn Richard Andersson og trommuleikarinn Einar Scheving.

 Trumpetist Snorri Sigurðarson celebrates his first solo album with a concert at the Reykjavik Jazz Festival Sunday the 17th of august. The album “Vellir” contains all original compositions by Snorri and is in short described as simple melancholic lines with a rhythmic twist. Snorri has been an active part of the jazz and pop scene from young age, played on hundreds of albums, concerts and festivals and is a member of the Reykjavik Big Band and SjS Big Band. Other members of the quartet are pianist Agnar Már Magnússon, bassist Richard Andersson and drummer Einar Scheving.

Aurora

Aurora leikur tónlist sem eins og Norðurljóin, er litrík og ófyrirsjáanleg.

Þessi íslenski jazzkvartett sem settur var saman til að taka þátt í Young Nordic Jazz Comets keppninni í Helsinki í september nk spilar kraftmiklar tónsmíðar meðlimanna. Litríkar laglínur og fjölbreytta ryþma. Hann er skipaður ungum og upprennandi jazzleikurum Íslands, sem allir eru útskrifaðir úr tónlistarskóla FÍH og hafa þegar getið sér gott orð á tónleikasviðum hér heima og erlendis.

Sigmar Þór Matthíasson – bassi

Helgi Rúnar Heiðarsson – tenórsaxófónn

Tómas Jónsson – píanó/hljómborð

Óskar Kjartansson – trommur.

Aurora – Music as colorful and unpredictable as The Northern Lights.

The Icelandic jazz quartet, that was formed to represent Iceland in the Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition in Helsinki this coming september, plays original compositions by all members of the band, music filled with high energy, colorful melodies and odd-meter rhythms.

Sigmar Þór Matthíasson, bass – started playing the bass around the age of 15, studying at a local music school called Tónlistarskóli Árbæjar. Later on he studied at the FÍH Music School and graduated from there in 2012. In his last year he was offered a scholarship for his outstanding performance at the school and spent one semester as an exchange-student in Denmark, studying at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. Today Sigmar is currently furthering his jazz studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, USA.

Sigmar has been a very active performer on the Icelandic music scene for few years. Including Nordic folk/jazz group Silfurberg and pop/rock band Hvar er Mjallhvít?, which both have released records in Iceland. In addition, he has performed and/or recorded with many of the most in-demand pop and jazz musicians in Iceland. As well as being an active performer, Sigmar has worked as a music teacher for several years.

Helgi Rúnar Heiðarsson, tenor saxophone – is an Icelandic saxophonist who graduated from the Music School of FÍH in Iceland in the year of 2012. He has recorded and performed with many Icelandic and Nordic bands mainly playing jazz and improvised music, including the Reykjavík Big Band, Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band, Orphic Oxtra, Blæti, Eyjafjalla Experience and Skver.

Tómas Jónsson, piano/keyboards-  is one of the most promising young pianists in Iceland today. He graduated from The FÍH School of Music in 2012 and was nominated for the Icelandic Music Prize as the most promising jazz artist that same year. Tómas is one of the most sought-after keyboard player in Iceland in the field of pop, blues and jazz music and has played with bands like ADHD, Fjallabræður and Dusty Miller.

Óskar Kjartansson, drums-  started playing drums when he was 12 years old but lost interest for a few years and it wasn’t until he discovered jazz that he really started to be interested in playing music. When he was eighteen years old he started his studies in the FÍH Music School and graduated in the spring of 2013, by playing a concert with his compositions and arrangements. Óskar mostly plays jazz orientated music but also all kinds of diverse music, for example his balkan big band Orphic Oxtra, which has released two albums.

 

Cold Front

Á síðustu misserum hefur Björn Thoroddsen stimplað sig inn í hina alþjóðlegu gítarhringiðu og leikið með listamönnum á borð við Philip Catherine, Tommy Emmanuel, Leni Stern, Kazumi Watanabe.

Geisladiskurinn The Journey kom út í Kanada á árinu og er afrakstur samstarfs Björns Thoroddsen og þarlendra jazzleikara. Björn hefur verið með annan fótin í Kanada undanfarin ár og kemur hér fram með bróðurpartinum af kanadískri hljómsveit sinni.

Will Bonness – píanó –  hefur leikið með Maynard Ferguson, Regina Carter, Avishai Cohen og Lionel Loueke. Hefur verið tilnefndur til Western Canada Music Awards. Will er professor við University of Manitoba.

Richard Gillis – trompet – er stofnandi, listrænn stjórnandi og stjórnandi Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. Richard er professor við University of Manitoba.

Jóhann Hjörleifsson – trommur – leikur með Stórsveit Reykjavíkur, Sálinni og fjölda annarra hljómsveita.

Jón Rafnsson – bassi –  leikur með  Guitar Islancio, Hot Eskimos og fjölda annarra hljómsveita.

Björn Thoroddsen picked up his first guitar at age 10, touring as a soloist or with his band all around the world and has released a number of critically acclaimed albums. He has won several Icelandic music awards, including “Jazz Performer of the Year” in 2003, He has collaborated with stellar jazz musicians such as Niels-Henning Örsted Pedersen, Tommy Emmanuel, Kazumi Watanabe.

Will Bonness has performed abroad with Maynard Ferguson, Regina Carter, Avishai Cohen (trumpet) and Lionel Loueke. His debut recording, Subtle Fire was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year at the Western Canada Music Awards in 2010. Will is a professor of jazz piano at the Destautel Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.

Richard Gillis is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and brass chair at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.

Jóhann Hjörleifsson is one of Iceland’s finest drummers, a regular member of The Reykjavik Big Band, pop group Sálin, as well as being a favorite on the local recording scene.

Jón Rafnsson plays his bass in a variety of situations, lately with Guitar Islancio and Hot Eskimos.

HARPA – AUGUST 16th

Andres Thor quartet with Ari Hoenig

Andrés Thor þykir einn af fremstu jazzgítaristum landsins og hefur iðulega boðið uppá spennandi uppákomur með ólíklegum og líklegum samstarfsverkefnum. Hér leiðir hann alþjóðlegann kvartett ásamt sérstökum gesti frá New York, trommuleikaranum Ari Hoenig sem er einn af áhugaverðustu trommuleikurum jazzheimsins í dag. Auk Andrésar og Ari verða þeir Agnar Már Magnússon á píanó og hinn Dansk/Íslenski Richard Andersson á kontrabassa. Munu þeir félagar bjóða uppá blandaða efniskrá með lögum eftir hljómsveitarmeðlimi auk ýmissa jazzslagara sem þeir munu kryfja.

 Andrés Thor is considered one of Icelands foremost jazzguitarists and has been inventive in presenting exciting projects with unlikely and likely collaborations. Here he leads an international quartet featuring Ari Hoenig, one of the most exciting drummers in jazz today as a special guest from New York. besides Ari and Andrés the quartet includes Icelandic pianist Agnar Magnússon and Danish/Icelandic bass player Richard Andersson. The quartet will present a program of music by the bandmembers as well as some hand picked songbook gems.

Andres Thor – Guitar

Ari Hoenig – Drums

Agnar Már Magnússon – Piano

Richard Anderson – Bass

Budvar Stage August 15th

Ari Hoenig

Ari Hoenig er bandarískur jazztrommuleikari og uppfræðari sem er vel þekktur fyrir óvenjulega nálgun sína og er áfarm um að þróa hlutverk trommusettsins umfram hið hefðbundna gæsluhlutverk um hraða tónlitarinnar.

Hoenig hefur meðal annars þróað aðferð til að spila laglínur á trommur sínar og getur með því að beygja tóninn í hljóðfærum sínum spilað hvaða tóna krómatíska skalans sem er og spunnið yfir hljómaganga á sama hátt og þeir sem leika á hljóma- eða laglínuhljóðfæri.

Ari er fæddur inn í músíkalska fjölskyldu þar sem hann fékk að reyna sig á bæði fiðlu og píanó áður en trommurnar komu til sögunnar. Hann fetaði algenga braut metalsins og rokksins áður en jazzinn og spuninn tóku yfir tónlistarlíf hans.

Ari Hoenig leikur á tónleikum með gítarleikaranum Andrési Þór Gunnlaugssyni á Jazzhátíð Reykjavíkur 15. ágúst, en auk þess heldur hann fyrirlestur um list sína í Hörpu 16. ágúst kl 14.

Ari Hoenig (born on November 13, 1973 in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania), is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members. Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo, or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance.

Hoenig is also known for his unique ability to modify the pitch of a drum by using drum sticks, mallets, and even parts of his body (such as his hands and elbows). Using this technique, he can play any note in the chromatic scale, virtually any melody, and even improvise on a chord structure in the same way as any other instrumentalist would.

Hoenig was born into a family of classically trained musicians. His father being a choral conductor and mother a violinist, he was exposed to classical and folk music at an early age. He played both piano and violin as a child, then rock and metal drums as a teen before settling into jazz and improvised music.

Hoenig performs with Icelandic guitarist Andres Thor at this years Reykjavik Jazz Festival, August 15th, but also hosts a master class about his art Saturday August 16th at 2 pm.