Reykjavík Jazz Festival proudly presents a new female generation of Icelandic Jazz vocalists: Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir, Marína Ósk Þórólfsdóttir, Rebekka Blöndal and Silva Þórðardóttir. Each artist has released albums under their own name in the past 2 years, generating quite the buzz and fantastic reviews, in Iceland and internationally. They really made their mark on the Icelandic Music Awards in 2022 and 2023, sharing between them a total of four awards and numerous nominations.
Together, they’ve created a concert program filled with original music, new arrangements and impactful music from their past. So for the first time, Anna Gréta, Marína Ósk, Rebekka Blöndal and Silva Þórðardóttir will come together and make music together.
Joining them on stage stage will be Birgir Steinn Theódórsson on double bass and Kristofer Rodriguez Svönuson on drums.
About the artists:
Piano player, singer and composer Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir, has proven herself as one of the most prominent jazz musicians of Scandinavia. Despite her young age, she’s won numerous awards for her piano playing, amongst which two awards at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2022 for the album “Nightjar in the Northern Sky” (Jazz album of the year and Jazz composer of the year). She also won the Monica Zetterlund Awards in Sweden in 2019, an award from Fasching, one of the most famous jazz clubs in Sweden, the “Brightest up-and-coming jazz artist” at the Icelandic Music awards in 2015 and most recently, the Ystad Jazz piano Award (2022). Her first solo album “Nightjar in the Northern Sky” has received stellar reviews and had Anna Gréta touring all over Europe to follow it’s popularity. The album was released on ACT in Germany, which on only signs about 1 to 2 artists a year. Anna lives in Stockholm, Sweden, where she composes music and performs.
Vocalist, songwriter and lyricist Marína Ósk Þórólfsdóttir released her second solo album, “One Evening in July” in August 2022 on Swedish record label TengTones. The album has caught the attention of the international press and received fantastic reviews, as well as being streamed more than a 1.000.000 times on streaming platforms. Marína received four nominations for the album at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2023, taking home the prize for “Jazz composition of the year”. From the year 2018, she’s received a total of nine nominations for the Icelandic Music Awards for numerous projects, including two for her debut album, “Athvarf” (2019). Marína Ósk has been a regular performer at Icelandic jazz clubs and concert series, as well as having toured all over Europe. In the beginning of 2023, she performed with the Reykjavík Big Band at one of Reykjavík’s biggest concert halls, Eldborg. She’s currently based in Reykjavík where she prepares her third solo album.
Rebekka Blöndal is a vocalist, songwriter and lyricist. She released her debut album, “Ljóð” on Smekkleysa in 2022, which has been very well received and was chosen “Album of the week” on Icelandic lead radio station, Rás 2. Rebekka took home an award at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2023, for “Jazz vocalist of the year” for her perfomance on the album, as well as receiving nominations for “Jazz performer of the year” two years in a row. Rebekka has been an active performing artist on the Icelandic Jazz scene in the past years and in the beginning of 2023, she performed with the Reykjavík Big band in Eldborg, Harpa, at a sold out concert. She’s currently composing music for her next album and studying at the Icelandic University of the arts.
Reykjavík based jazz vocalist Silva Þórðardóttir released her debut album, “Skylark” in 2019, celebrating it with a release concert at the Reykjavík Jazz Festival. In May 2022 her second album, “More Than You Know”, was released on Reykjavík Record Shop Label, earning her two nominations at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2023. Vocalist and piano player, Steingrímur Tegue plays and sings as well on the album and together they celenbrated the album with a release concert in 2022 along with guitarplayer Daníel Böðvarsson. Music from the album has also been performed at Múlinn Jazzclub and Reykjavík Jazz festival. Silva signed a distribution contract with Sony Music Denmark for her releases, granting her quite a following on streaming platforms. At the moment she’s working on her next album.