Low Roar is the musical project of Ryan Karazija from San Francisco, California. In 2011 he released a self-titled emotive, twelve song debut that featured loops and layers of guitar, harp, pump organ, percussion, and keyboard against Karazija’s clear, mellow vocals and plaintive lyrics.
Low Roar takes the listener on Karazija’s unsettled journey conveying emotion with yearning choruses and haunting strings in simple, yet stark, classical arrangements, alongside optimistic melodies and folk-styled songs. Low Roar has a new album coming out this spring mixed by Andrew Scheps and co-produced by Mike Lindsay resulting in a bigger sounding album than the predecessor and including new members Leifur Björnsson and Logi Gudmundsson.
The show in Mengi will mark the first date of a ten days pre-album release tour followed by 9 dates in Polland.
The first art exhibition at Mengi! Thursday March 6th from 5pm – 7pm. No entry fee.
Davíð graduated from The Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 2002 and is one of Icelands most exciting contemporary artists. He has held numerous exhibitions in Iceland as well as abroad in the last few years and recently he won the prestigious Carnegie award which each year is given to a leading young artists in Iceland and Scandinavia.
Davíð recently moved to a new studio and the paintings in this exhibition is work he created using the wall panels from his old studio where he has during the last six years created almost all his recent work. Davíð used the walls as a sort of a sketch book and in this exhibition he will re-visit the spirit of his old studio.
His work has a strong reference to graffiti and street art. His use of material is inspired by this and spray paint and industrial paint on unconventional base plays a big role in his art.
Third performance in Mengi – Performed in English.
Are you too lazy to think? Could it be that someone’s inside your head, controlling everything you do?
Through extensive research, theatre-maker Friðgeir Einarsson has come to a shocking conclusion: We are too lazy to think! Our brain is out of control and we need to regain control over its workings. Mr. Einarsson’s astonishing lecture-performance, “Tiny Guy”, has all the answers! He will – along with two trusted friends – open your eyes to the world like you’ve never seen it before!
Friðgeir Einarsson, Ragnar Í. Bragason, Árni Vilhjálmsson, Jóhann K. Stefánsson, Arne MacPherson
Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson
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We’ve been waiting for this one at Mengi!
We celebrate the long awaited release of Kippi Kaninus new album, Temperaments. Kippi Kaninus is what Mengi is about. It’s original. It’s experimental. It’s playful. It’s dramatic. It’s funny. It’s emotional. It’s art. Damn fine art.
A full line-up of Kippi Kaninus will play material from the new album. The band is led Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson who is the original Kippi Kaninus and the composer of all the songs. To support him are veterans of the local music scene.
Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson – Trumpet
Ingi Garðar Erlendsson – Trombone, Thranaphone
Magnús Tryggvason Eliassen – Drums
Óttar Sæmundssen – Bass
Pétur Ben – Guitar and Synthesizer
Sigtryggur Baldursson – Percission
Last fall the band did a session for Seattle based radio station KEXP which can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ9XzavvKyQ
Markús & The Diversion Sessions is the solo project of Markús Bjarnason. He performs both alone and with a band. The band has three core members: Sigþór Ási Þórðarson (Drums), Georg Kári Hilmarsson (Bass) og Marteinn Sindri Jónsson (Piano). Georg is currently living in California and Marteinn is somewhere in Asia. They plan on touring this spring and part of the summer.
Markús & The Diversion Sessions is a singer-songwriter type of music but with twists and turns. The songs are diverse in texture and topic. Markús plays on acoustic guitar, electric guitar and sings both in English and Icelandic.
Markús & The Diversion Sessions will release a full album early this coming summer.
He is going to perform songs from the forthcoming album and also a selection of old and new material. When describing the setup for this concert at Mengi he says: “Since half of the band is not in Iceland I will perform mostly solo but there will be guests performing with me also and we will do some experimenting which the venue is perfect for.”
Tim Hecker is amongst the best known electronic and sound artists in the world today. He has released seven LP’s, all to much critical acclaim. His last album “Virgins” received an average score of 87 at Metacritics, indicating “universal acclaim”.
Born in Vancouver, Canada he now resides in Montreal but his last albums have largely been recorded in Reykjavik in co-operation with Ben Frost. Hecker is currently working on a new album in Reykjavik and takes a time out of his schedule to perform at Mengi.
We want to point out specifically that the entry fee to this concert is 3.000 kr. Guests with a concert pass will nonetheless get access to the concert at the same price as to other concerts.
The concert starts at 9pm.
The musical collaboration of Daníel Böðvarsson and Magnús T. Eliassen started around ten years ago. They make up one half of Moses Hightower, one of Iceland’s most popular band today as well as collaborating with a whole host of musical acts in the local Icelandic scene.
Last year the two of them did a concert with Shazad Ismaily but on this occasion they will act as a duo playing where they will play their own compositions, turn them inside out and back in again depending on how the winds blow.
The concert starts at 9 pm.
Steindór Grétar Kristinsson electronic acoustic composer and a member of the Icelandic electronic band Einóma (Touching Bass, Vertical Form, LMALC, Shipwreck) will join Lilja Birgisdóttir (multimedia artist) and Eleni Podara (stage and costume designer) in a collaboration that serves the purpose of mixing together live electronics based on composed sound scapes and voice (performed by Lilja Birgisdóttir).
The vision for the performance is loosely based on the composition Vertical on Flow composed by Steindór Grétar Kristinsson at the institute of Sonology and a conceptual piece by Lilja Birgisdóttir Vessel orchestra. The main concept for the collaboration is the open sea where the artists seek to combine the abstract with the known: meaning that infinite space, abstract sounds and acoustic sounds will be diffused into a sonic experience.
The event starts at 9 pm.
Margrét recently moved back to Reykjavik from Stuttgart where she has studied and worked as a classical singer for the last seventeen years. Þórarinn is a classical guitarist who studied in Spain and currently works as a guitarist and musical teacher in the greater Reykjavik area.
Together they emphasize on music which is rarely heard in Iceland and the program at this concert includes six songs by Petr Eben, most likely never before performed in Iceland as well as music by John Dowland and others. The program includes music that spans 400 years with suitable variety from heart warming love songs to songs of dark deathwish.
The concert starts at 9 pm.
Good Moon Deer is the brainchild of graphic designer and artist Guðmundur Ingi Úlfarsson.
After starting as a bedroom producer, his friend and drummer Ívar Pétur Kjartansson (FM Belfast, Benni Hemm Hemm & Miri) has joined him to bring the project live on stage. Their often uncategorizable sound has been described as jazz for the digital age. With their avant-garde and schizophrenic compilation of nightmarish samples, heavy beats and live drumming, the audience can expect an exploratory and improvisational sonic journey.
The concert starts at 9 pm.
Born in 1968, Arve Henriksen studied at the Trondheim Conservatory from 1987-1991. He has worked with many musicians including Hilmar Jensson, Skuli Sverrisson, Misha Alperin, Jon Balke, Dhafer Youssef, David Sylvian, Hope Sanduval and Sidsel Endresen. He has played in many different contexts, bands and projects, ranging from working with koto player Satsuki Odamura, to the rock band Motorpsycho via numerous free improvising groups and has made music for films and documentary programs. He has been nominated to Nordisk Råds musikkpris in 2009 and also nominated to European Jazz musician of the year 2009. He has a long discography counting over 110 records in total.
Arve Henriksen began collecting recordings of Japanese music, with koto, biwa, shakuhachi and other instruments: “I let the music ‘ring’ and develop in my head. I was astonished by the sound of this flute…” The shakuhachi’s roots in the tradition of Zen Buddhism fascinated the trumpeter, as did its “meditative and minimalistic expressive quality. “This has made me work with tone and sound making in a new direction.”
Entrance fee is 2.000 kr.
Born in 1977, Hugleikur Dagsson is one of Icelands best known comedian who has released 17 comic books with his dark humor trademark. Hugleikur studied fine art at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and graduated with a BA degree in 2002. Furthermore, he has written several plays, hosted radio shows, made video art and paintings.
Hugleikur will premier new material at Mengi and see if it’s funny. We know it’s going to be because he’s always funny.
The event starts at 9 pm.
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Ragna Kjartansdottir, also known as CELL7, is a Filipino-Icelandic rapper, songwriter and sound engineer. In 2013 she returned to the music scene, after a long hiatus, and released her first solo album, CELLF.
The album received outstanding reviews and was mentioned on most national lists for the best Icelandic albums of the year 2013. Moreover, the album received the Kraumur Music Award, chosen by a diverse panel of experienced Icelandic music and radio journalists.
CELL7 initially gained recognition as one of the rappers in the first Icelandic hip-hop group, Subterranean, while still a teenager. Their first album, Central Magnetizm, was well received by the public and sold out quickly. The same year the band was voted the most promising band at the Icelandic Music Awards. CELL7 was also nominated in the category “Best Female Artist”, a first for an Icelandic hip-hop artist. Subterranean played a number of live shows and opened for several world-renowned artists such as The Fugees and De La Soul.
After Subterranean, Cell7 sought out an education in sound engineering in New York since at the time such education was not accessible in Iceland. After finishing her degree, she interned at the prestigious Chung King Studios in Manhattan, which is known for recording artists such as Timbaland, Talib Kweli and Beastie Boys. Upon returning home she focused on her career as a sound engineer for several years.
However, the urge to make music never left her. The year 2013 CELL7 therefore decided to make her first solo record. The album, entitled CELLF, was released November 4th 2013. CELL7 joined forces with two of Iceland’s best producers, Earmax and Introbeats, in working on the album. She also collaborated with singer songwriters Lori Walsh, Drífa Sigurðardóttir and Sunna Ingólfsdóttir. Other contributors to the album include the polish powerhouse production team PlanB.
The concert starts at 9 pm.