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The fourth evening of Reykjavik Jazz Festival, which consists of 3 performances and a jam session, will take place at Hard Rock Cafe by Lækjartorg Square. Click here to buy tickets.
This exciting project brings together a quartet of musicians who are a part of the modern, forward thinking jazz generation, each in their own way. The outcome is a not-to-be-missed- collaboration between Portuguese trumpet player Susana Santos Silva, Swedish bass player Torbjörn Zetterberg and local jazz cats Jóel Pálsson on tenor sax and Einar Scheving on drums. The quartet will serve up a mix of originals from the band members.
About the artists:
SUSANA SANTOS SILVA is a trumpeter, improviser and composer from Porto, Portugal.
In the last years she has been considered by the international press as one of the strongest emerging voices in contemporary jazz and improvised music.
With a singular approach/voice that comes out of a comprehensive spectrum of influences, from classical and contemporary music to jazz and textural sound art, she is interested in stretching the boundaries of the instrument and in exploring new ways of expression within music.
She leads her projects Impermanence and Life and Other Transient Storms (with Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, Jon Fält and Torbjörn Zetterberg), and co-leads duos with Zetterberg (also in trio with Hampus Lindwall), Kaja Draksler, Hearth and Child of Illusion. She is also part of Mats Gustafsson’s Nu Ensemble, Fire! Orchestra, LAMA, Per-Åke Holmlander’s Carliot Orchestra, Torbjörn Zetterberg Och Den Stora Frågan and Coreto.
‘One of the most exciting improvisers in the world’ (Downbeat Magazine)
TORBJÖRN ZETTERBERG was first recognised as a young bassist when he studied at Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm. There he studied bass under the guidance of Jan Adefelt and soon joined drummer Fredrik Norén’s band together with the saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar. Zetterberg made an immediate impact on the Swedish jazz scene and his reputation has grown stronger ever since to the point where he’s now hailed as one of the best kept secrets in the world of acoustic bass. He certainly is at the forefront of the blazing hot Stockholm jazz scene where his powerful playing style is easily recognizable.
JÓEL PÁLSSON studied clarinet from age 8, but turned to the tenor saxophone and jazz studies at 15. After finishing music school in Iceland he enrolled Berklee College of Music in Boston from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1994. He has performed in concerts and festivals in Europe, USA, Canada and China and appeared on over 150 albums with various artists and groups.
Pálsson has recorded five CD’s with his own compositions. His music often mirrors his diversity as a performer, combining improvisation and written parts influenced by different musical styles such as church music, rock, free improvisation, funk and folk music.
Jóel Pálsson is a regular member of the Reykjavik Big Band and jazz group Annes.
EINAR SCHEVING is a drummer/composer from Reykjavik, Iceland. He started playing professionally at the age of fifteen and soon became one of the country’s foremost drummers. As a mainstay of the Icelandic music scene, Einar has played on well over 100 albums with some of the country’s leading artists. Einar holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Miami, where he taught part-time upon graduation in 2002. Einar has been gaining considerable attention for his compositional vision and is a three-time winner of the Icelandic Music Awards, including two for Best Album of the Year: Cycles in 2007 and Land míns föður (The Land of My Father) in 2011. Both albums received rave reviews in Iceland and the foreign press.