Frederic Lyenn Jacques (Lyenn) is a Belgian musician playing at Mengi for the first time.
Lyenn is currently working on his new album and is planning to finish it in Iceland during his visit. Lyenn has previously released the records The Jollity of My Boon Companion and Vowels Fade First. Lyenn is known by hundreds of Icelanders already after his visit to Reykjavik in 2013 when he played at Fríkirkjan along with Mark Lanegan, Duke Garwood and others. During the last few years he has been a regular in Lanegan´s legion as well as performing at festivals like SXSW and other good ones. Lyenn has been busy working on music in this country for a good few years.
Shahzad Ismaily and other guests will be supporting Lyenn at Mengi.
Katrín Helga Andrésdóttir is a musician of many contrasts. She raps and provokes with the rap-gang Reykjavíkurdætur, sings about sex and poop with her band Hljómsveitt and writes tragic heartbreak songs in private. Most people regard her as a bad-ass gangster, but fewer know that behind her ice-cold mask, there can be found an emotional being. This Saturday, the public will finally have the opportunity to get a glimpse of Katrín’s inner world, when she will be performing on her own in Mengi. Spectators are advised to prepare for a dangerous amount of vulnerability, because Katrín plans to perform carefully chosen songs about her rather unsuccessful love life. Her fellow-sufferers, Sindri Bergsson and Hjalti Jón Sverrisson will accompany her.
Ljóðabókaútgáfan Meðgönguljóð hefur undanfarin ár einbeitt sér að útgáfu og kynningu á verkum nýrra íslenskra skálda. Einnig hefur forlagið stefnt saman kynslóðum skálda í ýmsum viðburðum og verkefnum. Fimmtudaginn 9. okt. setja þau framtíðarskáldið í fókus, en þá munu 13 ungskáld úr Meðgönguljóðafjölskyldunni
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir
Bergrún Anna Hallsteinsdóttir
Emil Hjörvar Petersen
Kristófer Páll Viðarsson
Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir
Þórður Sævar Jónsson
Kynnar verða Anton Helgi Jónsson og Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir.
2000 krónur inn, en því fylgir gefins ljóðabók úr fórum forlagsins. Allur gróði umfram kostnaði fer í að styrkja bókaútgáfu Meðgönguljóða.
Swedish My and Icelandic Bubba sing contemporary folk songs with love and ease. Their new album Goes Abroader was recorded in California with Noah Georgeson (Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom) and is best described as a musical travelogue; mixing Scandinavian folk tradition with American, as well as other, more exotic influences. Simple and direct, but rich in layers, their general folksiness belies a modern savvy that gives it all a refreshing edge.
Known for their silky harmonies and alluring live performances (most recently at Roskilde Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival and supporting Frank Fairfield and Matthew E. White), My bubba create something timeless which is both soothing and tickling.
Before they embark on a two month Europe tour (among these three shows with Damien Rice) they’ll play a short duo set at Mengi, Friday October 10th, at lunchtime.
For those of you who are hungry there will be soup available from Snaps.
Entrance fee for the show will be 1500 kronur.
For those who want soup and bread with the show, the entrance fee is 2500.
On the 10th October, the British electronic musician Pye Corner Audio will come to Mengi to play for the first time in Iceland. For this concert, he will be supported by the Icelandic electronic artist Good Moon Deer.
PYE CORNER AUDIO.
Slowly emerging in a shroud of mystique and antiquated charm since late 2010, Pye Corner Audio, the project fronted by musician Martin Jenkins has crafted a collection of electronic music loaded with a palpable, alluring eeriness.
From his now legendary ‘Black Mill Tapes Vol 1-4’ series (Originally self-released, but gathered together for vinyl editions by the Type label), to his 2012 debut album ‘Sleep Games’ on the Ghost Box label, his moody, densely textured and atmospheric analogue explorations, have marked him as one of the hottest artists in UK electronic music with praise and support from the likes of The Quietus, MOJO, The Wire, Drowned In Sound and The BBC.
2014 has been busy for PCA with a series of 12″ Releases, as well as supporting Mogwai on the European leg of their “Rave Tapes” tour and performing at Richie Hawtin’s ESCAPE night at Ibiza. Now we welcome him to the wonders of Iceland for a weekend of top quality music.
GOOD MOON DEER
Good Moon Deer is an experimental electronic music project spearheaded by Guðmundur Ingi Úlfarsson.
Having recently emerged from his bedroom to play live shows with friend and drummer Ívar Pétur Kjartansson (Miri, FM Belfast, Benni Hemm Hemm) the shows consist of atmospheric filled soundscapes punctuated by live percussion.
Playing some successful off venue shows during Iceland Airwaves 2011 Good Moon Deer have further developed their sound into richer territories which range from anything from a slight jazz fuzz to a distorted Four Tet vibe filled with an intriguing array of programmed beats and samples. Good Moon Deer are gearing up to release the debut album which will be supported by an imminent tour.
MANKAN is a live electronics duo who explore the inner qualities of sounds using real time sampling and processing. they have developed a highly interactive setup providing a very open and intuitive playground.
Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson is an electronic musician as well as singer and visual artist. Member of the band Amiina, plays with parabólur along with Sigtryggur Baldursson and Steingrimur Guðmundsson, he also calls himself Kippi Kaninus and runs a 6 piece band of the same name. he sings in numerous vocal projects such as the Schola cantorum choir, Carmina, and many others…
Tómas Manoury is a French/Icelandic musician, he plays all kinds of wind instruments such as saxophones, euphonium, harmonica, and many others. He also sings and masters overtone and throat singing. Aside his carrier as an instrumentalist and composer he has been doing electronic music for over 10 years. Tom develops interactive tools and intuitive interfaces for live performances using the object oriented software Usine (www.sensomusic.com)
On Friday the 17th of October, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir will Vj videos and pictures, read words and poetry from diaries and articles found. This will be a night to reflect, lie down on a floor and look up towards the sky and think about what is beauty and how do we look for it? Is it a road less travelled or frequently travelled, already discovered?
Hilmar Jensson 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.
Malneirophrenia is a chamber punk trio from Reykjavík, consisting of piano, cello and electric bass. The group has played sporadically for a decade, done a few film concerts, and released their debut album M in 2011. The music is a mixture of new and old classical, film music, rock, noise and melodrama. „Alfred Hithcock would have liked it,“ wrote Morgunblaðið in 2011, and french metal site Guts of Darkness called the music „deliciously nightmarish“. This is the group‘s first full concert since early 2012. They are currently working on new material, along with a remix-project in collaboration with various electronic artists.
The concert in Mengi on October 23rd will be twofold. First, Malneirophrenia will premiere some new material, in addition to playing bits from works by Franz Schubert and David Shire. Secondly, the group will perform material from their album, M, along with selected scenes from the film Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women from 1967. The film is a sort of b-recycling by producer Roger Corman and director Peter Bogdanovich of the Soviet sci-fi film Planeta Bur from 1962.
A download of the first part of Malneirophrenia‘s remix project, M-Theory #1, accompanies every concert ticket.
Cellist and composer Fjóla Evans will be presenting her works for solo cello and electronics. The concert will include excerpts from a new piece based on her study of Icelandic folk songs and Rímur. This will be an evening of experimental ambient sounds.
For more info: fjolaevans/com/fjolae
Fjóla Evans, a composer and cellist originally from Reykjavík, Iceland, writes both electronic and acoustic music. Her works are informed by her cello performance practice, using structures where timbral hierarchy dictates the musical development. Commissions and performances have come from ensembles such as the the JACK Quartet, Architek Percussion, Bearthoven trio, and the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble. Upcoming projects include commissions from assistant-principal cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Leana Rutt, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, a collaboration with instrument maker Merche Blasco, and an evening length work for cello and electronics based on Icelandic folk song supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. As a performer, she has collaborated with ensembles such as Hotel Elefant, Lydia Ainsworth, and the Brooklyn-based ambient project Bing & Ruth. A graduate of McGill University where she studied with cellist Matt Haimovitz, Fjóla recently completed her master’s degree in composition with Prof. Julia Wolfe at NYU Steinhardt. Fjóla has participated in the Bang on a Can contemporary music festival in Massachusetts, both as a composer and as a cellist.
Media artist Jukka Hautamäki (b. 1971), born in Oulu, lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Hautamäki works with found materials, electronics, sound and video.
Hautamäkis sound performances are a microscopic research and study of electronic sounds. Live setup consists of DIY instruments, which he manipulates in real time by changing components and reconnecting circuits.
Relationship between performativity and sound plays a significant role in the live performances. Live setup electronics and wires have also aesthetical and conceptual values. Music style is abstract ambient noise with a twist.
Hautamäki has performed live in Europe and North America. Performance venues include La-bas Biennale in Helsinki, Ges21 in St. Petersburg, Avatar Centre in Quebec City, Madame Claude in Berlin and Music Hackspace in London and he has kept interactive sound art and electronics workshops in Finland (Kokomys, MUU, Aalto University), Germany, Poland and Estonia. More information: jukkahautamaki.wordpress.c
Interview by Avatar Centre (Quebec City, Canada) 12/2012: