Pascal Pinon was formed in 2009 by the twin sisters Jófríður and Ásthildur Ákadottir. They have released two albums, the self-released Pascal Pinon and Twosomeness on Morr Music in Berlin. The latter was made in co-operation with Alex Somers and released in 2012. They have toured the world in the last couple of years to promote their work, mainly in Europe but also in China and Japan. Ásthildur currently resides in The Netherlands where she studies piano at the Royal Conservatory in Amsterdam while Jófríður lives in Reykjavík where she studies at the University of Iceland as well as being a member of the acclaimed band Samaris. Their music is low key indie music where various instruments, small and large, play a part.
Born in Reykjavik in 1980, Ólöf Arnalds was an active member of the band múm between 2003 and 2007 as well as playing and recording for Nix Noltes, Slowblow and Skúli Sverrisson among others. Ólöf’s first solo album, Við & Við, was released in 2007. Ólöf received awards for the album at the Icelandic Music Awards that year as well as critical acclaim both from Iceland as well as abroad. Ólöf’s second solo album, Innundir skinni was as well as the first one produced by Kjartan Sveinsson and was nominated for the Nordic Music Prize of 2010. Sudden Elevation, Ólöf’s third solo album, was released in 2013. Ólöf has played at music festival all over the world and toured with the likes of Blonde Redhead, Dirty Projectors and Nick Cave. She is currently working on a material for a new solo album.
S.L.Á.T.U.R. celebrates a new year with their annual new years concert where they will premier new music for prepared clarinets. The clarinet has always been an enchanting instrument for it’s unique sound. The overtones of the clarinet is unique among wind istruments and it’s abilities in sound are rare among any instrument. S.L.Á.T.U.R. will convert the instrument, it’s sound and function, for this event and amongst other things will use a horn printed by a three dimensional printer which is in development at the sound laboratory LornaLab. Four clarinett players will perform the music which will be diverse and multi dimensional.
Hilmar Jensson (b.1966) first picked up the guitar at the age of six but started studying formally at age eleven. Graduated from FIH School of Music in 1987. He graduated with a BM degree from Berklee College of Music in 1991 and had private lessons with Mick Goodrick, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook and Joe Lovano.
Hilmar has performed in 35 countries with his trio “TYFT”, Jim Black’s AlasNoAxis, Trevor Dunn’s MadLove, Mogil Outhouse BMX and others.
He has also recorded and/or performed with með Tim Berne, Andrew D’Angelo, Jim Black, Chris Speed, Skuli Sverrisson, Trevor Dunn, Herb Robertson, Eyvind Kang, Marc Ducret, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Cuong Vu, Tom Rainey, Peter Evans, Matt Garrison, Briggan Krauss, Ben Perowski, Jamie Saft, Ches Smith, John Zorn, Ted Reichmann, Ben Street, Wadada Leo Smith, Arve Henriksen, Terje Isungset, Per Jörgensen, Per Oddvar Johansen, Anders Jormin and many others.
Snorri Helgason’s music is heartfelt and introspective, yet universal, a highly relatable exploration of his personal struggles and emotions. An avid student of pop history, Snorri keeps a firm foot in the past and a clear eye on the future, bringing forth a constant stream of timeless folk-tinged melodies and carefully constructed songs that are very much of the time.
Snorri lead his first band, Sprengjuhöllin, to massive popularity in his native Iceland. In the span of three years, they released two best-selling, award-winning albums featuring several chart-topping radio hits and regularly played sold out shows for huge crowds of followers.
Snorri made his first solo album, I’m Gonna Put My Name On Your Door, in
Drawing inspiration from the power pop and folk music of the sixties and seventies while honoring personal icons such as Townes Van Zandt and Harry Nilsson, Snorri produced a beautifully crafted album that firmly established him as a solo artist in the vibrant Icelandic music scene.
His second LP, Winter Sun, is an ambitious, sometimes painfully honest meditation on growing up, growing old and coming to terms with oneself. Following Winter Sun’s release, Snorri formed a kind of Icelandic music scene supergroup—consisting of Mr. Silla, drummer Magnús Trygvason Elíassen (Amiina, Sin Fang, Tilbury, AdHD) and bassist Guðmundur Óskar (of Hjaltalín fame).
Snorri’s third and latest solo album, Autumn Skies, was released in 2013
Indriði Arnar Ingólfsson and Tumi Árnason perform some new songs, recall some older ones and celebrate their almost lifelong friendship that initiated when they started browsing some post-punk albums from their parent’s collections. Indriði plays guitar for Muck and is working on his first solo album. Tumi is a saxophone player and has played with Grísalappalísa, Ojba Rasta and The Heavy Experience.
Kira Kira just returned home to Iceland after 5 years of exile on foreign soil. Morr Music just released her third solo album, “Feathermagnetik”, where she mixes electronic music with some live performances, including brass, contrabass, homemade percussions and analog synthesizers.
Kira Kira is Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, a composer and audio/visual prankster. As a founding member of Kitchen Motors, a mischievous label and collective based on experiments in electronic music and arts. Kira Kira sprang from this collective in 1999 and to this day works with Kitchen Motors’ ethos at heart -a spirit of playfulness, exploring the relationship between experimental music and visual arts, collaborating with various artists.
At first Kira Kira played solo but since year 2008 she has recorded and played with a wide range of musicians and just released her third solo album “Feathermagnetik” on Morr Music.
Her first feature film as director and screenwriter, Grandma Lo-fi – The Basement Tapes of Sigridur Nielsdottir is out and she is writing two other films as well as working on her fourth solo album.
Tinna gave her first full length toy piano recital last fall, where she performed works by members of the composers´collective S.L.Á.T.U.R. at their annual festival. She also improvised with the Danish composer Lars Graugaard. Tinna is a regular performer in the experimental music scene in Iceland and has premiered around 50 works of various nature. Last year she premiered two piano concertos at the Dark Music Days festival; Hanami by Jónas Tómasson with CAPUT ensemble and Phantasmagoria for prepared piano and electronics by Steingrímur Rohloff with the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra. She also performed the S.L.Á.T.U.R. New Year´s concert on harmonium.
In this concert there will be a diverse selection of works for the toy piano, a.o. by John Cage, Páll Ivan Pálsson, Þráinn Hjálmarsson and P.D.Q. Bach. www.annit.is
Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir will release an album with poems and video and during this event she will collaborate with several artists to bring us her performance of spoken word will bring us a performance of spoken word along with video.
Ásdís Sif often performs her video art like a DJ who plays her music and mixes work work from different eras as she finds suitable. She moves into different characters while performing her work and creates an atmosphere where sound and silence is in dialog with the visual aspect, sculpture or whatever it may be.