Ómar Guðjónsson (IS)

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Please note! Evening pass is available for each night of the festival at Harpa Concert Hall. The pass is valid for all concerts on the night. Tickets are not sold for individual concerts in Harpa.

Ómar Fortíðar – Release concert

Ómar Guðjónsson reinterprets melodies from Iceland’s past on pedal steel guitar. Popular songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, in new arrangements by Ómar, Tómas Jónsson and Matthías Hemstock.

Ómar Guðjónsson has made his mark in most areas of popular and improvised music in Iceland. He has also spent the last quarter century exploring the sonic possibilities of the guitar – including the pedal steel. Here, he breathes new life into old gems from Iceland’s vast repertoire of vocal music. In keeping with his jazz roots, Ómar switches things up freely: truncates, elongates, collates, rearranges, does away with the lyrics entirely. Still, these old songs, reinterpreted or not, resonate with Icelanders on a much deeper level than would a similar take on classic jazz standards. Ómar is exploring the songs we grew up with, the songs that reverberate within our hearts. Perhaps most pertinently, the strong lyricism evident here evokes the romanticism of the original compositions.

Ómar Guðjónsson : guitars
Tómas Jónsson : piano and keyboards
Matthías Hemstock : percussion

Other concerts on the night:

Anna Sóley (IS)

Nico Moreaux “Far” Icelandic Nonet (FR/IS)

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