Óskar Guðjónsson and Skúli Sverrisson will appear in a duo setting at Reykjavík Jazz Festival for the first time. Their collaboration started years ago and they have released two fantastic duo albums, After Silence (2002) and The Box Tree (2012) for which they received the Icelandic Music Awards for the best jazz album. Óskar and Skúli are two of Iceland’s most prominent musicians in jazz and improvised music and this is a great opportunity to see them play live.
“If you put Stan Getz in an echo chamber, playing at the quietest volume possible, his breath audibly escaping around the reed, alongside someone playing a semi-acoustic bass with baroque-guitar technique, you’d get something roughly like “The Box Tree”, a gorgeous record of duets between two Icelandic musicians, the bassist Skuli Sverrisson and the tenor saxophonist Oskar Gudjonsson. The 10 pieces on the album are studies in melodic ebb and flow at even projection. They’re not improvised pieces; they’re well-charted with sweet melodies. Because it doesn’t sound like much else, it can carve out a privileged space for you pretty quickly. It’s a pulse-settler and an order-restorer: It could be the last thing you listen to before you go to bed, or something to lead you into sleep.”
– Ben Ratliff. The New York Times. May 10, 2013
Skúli Sverrisson: bass guitar
Óskar Guðjónsson: tenor saxophone