As well as being a songwriter and singer, Bragi is also an actor and graduated from Kogan Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has appeared in numbers of musicals and theatre productions, and has performed at The King´s Head Theatre and at The Edinburgh Fringe. He wrote, co-directed, and performed his one man musical, “Barry and his Guitar” at three different venues in London, and is planning to perform it at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. He has finished a third level course in violin playing and a second level in classical singing. He is also an accomplished guitarist and has performed at live gigs in London. As an actor his credits include feature films, theatre productions, music videos and television episodes. Recent music video credits include “All wishes Are Ghosts” a song by London band Snowbird. He recently premiered the new upcoming comedy duo show, Euromen, in London, which he created with his colleague, comedian Paul Croft. The show featured many renowned London comedians. *Note This show will be performed in English Website: www.bragiarna.com https://soundcloud.com/
Electronic, Psychedelic & Travellers A traveler must respond easily to a new place or moment. for such a prompt response, TENGGER express music in improvisation. In their music, as in the time when electronic music first appeared, human bodies and instruments as machines, the locations and the atmosphere of the audience all react and change organically. TENGGER wishes its music to be ‘uncold’, humane electronic. TENGGER respects the old texture ‘psychedelic’ and embraces it with the sense of the present. Wishing to have a psychedelic journey with the audience. TENGGER is an electronic psychedelic musical duo. members are: Korean new wave avant-garde musician itta(plays her voice and harmonium(Indian instrument) and, Japanese noise creator, music producer marqido(plays analogue synthesizers). They started in 2005, as ’10’. The band ’10’ is based in Korea and has toured extensively in Asia (Korea, Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines), EU (UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany), USA (east coast). THE WIRE, TimeOut, WFMU, Resonance FM, etc introduced their music to EU and American music fans. and they have been invited to many arts festivals in Korea and China, in addition to experimental music festivals in France and Spain in 2007. and they were chosen for the artist in residence programs in Gwangju, Busan, Sangju in Korea, and Beijing’s Shangyuan Art Museum in China. They have toured abroad extensively and this has definitely changed the way that they think. The beauty of each new space they have visited has been deeply affecting. It has lead them to consider the environment more carefully. finally they changed the name to TENGGER(In Mongolian it means big, infinite sky). as TENGGER, they are doing many projects about the public art and analogue interactive performances, also. For more information: http://youtu.be/
WE HAVE ADDED AN EXTRA PERFORMANCE SUNDAY JANUARY THE 4TH AT 9 PM. As well as being a songwriter and singer, Bragi is also an actor and graduated from Kogan Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has appeared in numbers of musicals and theatre productions, and has performed at The King´s Head Theatre and at The Edinburgh Fringe. He wrote, co-directed, and performed his one man musical, “Barry and his Guitar” at three different venues in London, and is planning to perform it at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. He has finished a third level course in violin playing and a second level in classical singing. He is also an accomplished guitarist and has performed at live gigs in London. As an actor his credits include feature films, theatre productions, music videos and television episodes. Recent music video credits include “All wishes Are Ghosts” a song by London band Snowbird. He recently premiered the new upcoming comedy duo show, Euromen, in London, which he created with his colleague, comedian Paul Croft. The show featured many renowned London comedians. *Note This show will be performed in English Website: www.bragiarna.com https://soundcloud.com/
Mr. Silla is the solo incarnation of Icelandic artist Sigurlaug Gísladóttir, known also for her work with múm, Snorri Helgasson, Mice Parade and Low Roar. The show in Mengi will see Mr. Silla introduce new work and a whole new sound with the premier of her long-awaited new album, working with samples and a stripped back approach allowing Sillas’ unique voice and eclectic inspiration to work in harmony with a uniquely refined sound. Since experimenting with this material in Mengi this spring, she has been working on the album and has now come back to Mengi to give us a look at the results. This will be Mr. Sillas last show in Iceland for a while since she is moving away from our little island later this month.
Norwegian trio Splashgirl is in Reykjavík recording their new album with Seattle based producer Randall Dunn. The performance at Mengi is their night out of the cave, showcasing brand new material from the ongoing recording sessions in Hljoðriti, as well as pieces from their latest releases on Hubro, “Pressure” and “Field Day Rituals”. Splashgirl is a Norwegian drone-jazz trio consisting of Andreas Stensland Løwe (piano/electronics), Jo Berger Myhre (doublebass) and Andreas Lønmo Knudsrød (drums/percussion). Since 2007, the band has released four highly acclaimed albums, played a great number of concerts all over Europe, in the US and Japan, and collaborated with musicians like Sidsel Endresen, Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Eyvind Kang, Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Randall Dunn and Timothy Mason. Certainly, nothing quite like it has come out of central Europe or the US. (…) Deeply spiritualized and altogether irresistible. AllAboutJazz.com A triumphant artistic exercise. Jazzwise Pressure seems set to outclass most other albums in any genre this year.TheJazzMann.com An instant classic. Uncut Magazine Rethinking approaches to the traditional piano-bass-drums trio. Rock-a-rolla Field Day Rituals is one of those works which you just know is going to move you. Prog Magazine Video: http://vimeo.com/94135052 Sound: https://soundcloud.com/
Kira Kira is magic. A singer, electronic musician, composer and film maker with a background in experimental music and visual arts, this one constantly shifts shapes, breaks ground, disappears and reappears in unexpected places. She is known for never playing the same set twice, inviting and celebrating all the risks that come with opening the creative process up to a live audience. To her a concert is a moment in that process, shared with the audience as well as the different musicians she invites on board the space ship each time she plays live. The Kira Kira world of sound is a dreamlike situation filled with warm waves of emotive melodies and unpredictable stories, playful beats created through analog drum machines and live percussion with fine threads of Kira’s quiet voice running through it all like a ray of light. She has 3 albums to her name, the most recent one being Feathermagnetik on Berlin based label Morr Music. Autumn 2014 saw the release of a EP with LA based musician ESKMO (Brendan Angelides) featuring a live recording of a new Kira Kira piece performed this summer in Los Angeles with a 15 piece orchestra. www.kirakira.is www. facebook.com/kirakiramusik
Buddy Wakefield the 3-time Poetry Slam World Champion will be performing works from his current world tour called Riled Up and Wasted On Light. Buddy Wakefield is from Seattle, Washington and as a three-time world champion spoken word artist he has been featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and most recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then successfully defended that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries with works translated into Dutch. Seen more about Buddy on his website: www.buddywakefield.com Or listen: http://buddywakefield.com/
Mengis first hour for multiple string instruments The first installment in a series of large group improvisations that Mengi will present on a regular basis in 2015. This evenings performers will be playing string instruments and the guests include: Úlfur Hansson Una Sveinbjarnardóttir Gyða Valtýsdóttir Jo Berger Myhre María Huld Markan Arnljótur Sigurðsson Borgar Magnason Benedikt H Hermannsson Ólöf Arnalds Guðmundur Óskar Katie Buckley Richard Andersson Skúli Sverrisson
Ólöf Arnalds is an Icelandic singer/
To celebrate the relaunch of the Or Type website, we’re inviting you to a small party at Mengi, Óðinsgata 2, 101 Reykjavík. www.ortype.is Come try it out, have a chat, have a drink and listen to some good tunes by Dj Óli Dóri. Or Type is the first and only Icelandic type foundry. It was formally opened with an exhibition at DesignMarch 2013, and it is Guðmundur Úlfarsson and Mads Freund Brunse that are responsible for the foundries existence. Or Type sells it’s typefaces only through it’s website which is made by Owen Hoskins www.owenhoskins.co
Úlfur Eldjárn is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and electronic musician. He’s written music for various films, tv programs, theater and other media, and is also a member of the legendary band Apparat Organ Quartet. Úlfur has released three records under his own name: Yfirvofandi (2009), the experimental Field Recordings: Music from the Ether (2011) and Ash – Original Soundtrack from the Film Ash (2013). Úlfur graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2013, with a B.A. degree in composition.
Úlfur is working on quite a few projects at the moment. This March will see the release of his interactive composition, String Quartet no. ∞, where the listener is invited to create his own version of the composition while listening. The work will be premiered at the upcoming Design March, the design festival in Reykjavík. He’s also working on a new solo album and plans to release more of his film and theatre music in the near future.
In Mengi, his performance will be a part of an ongoing project of improvised composition, where he’ll compose or improvise music live using a limited number of instruments and a computer. The performance is recorded with the idea of remixing it or recycling later.
Úlfur has already released one of his improvised compositions. You can download it for free on ulfureldjarn.com
Icelandic world music group Byzantine Silhouette Rising are known for their fiery take on Balkan music. With two CD‘s out their last one got a nomination for the Icelandic Music Awards.
The Byzantine Silhoutte has four members: Haukur Gröndal, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, Þorgrímur Jónsson and Erik Qvick.
The band was founded halfway through the year 2010 and their program consists of Greek, Macedonian, Bulgarian and Turkish songs. The music is a rush of emotion mixed eastern mystery. Asymmetric beats, melodies and virtuosity is woven together to make a fiery cocktail.
The band´s creative consultant and special collaborator is the Bulgarian accordionist Borislav Zgurovski, who has worked with Haukur Gröndal since 2007 on various projects both here in Iceland as well as in Bulgaria.
Hekla Magnúsdóttir has been active on the Icelandic music scene from 2007 and has played the theremin with surf outfit Bárujárn and pop musician Jón Þór as well as doing session work on various projects.
Hekla started her solo-career in 2014 when she released her self titled album. On the album layers of theremin and vocals evoke impressions ranging from plaintiveness to nostalgia. The album remained unrecognised in the bandcamp jungle until it got awarded the Kraumur music prize in December 2014.
Hekla studies contemporary music composition at the Icelandic academy of arts and will perform in Mengi next Saturday and at Sonar Reykjavík in February 2015.
Sigrún Jónsdóttir will accompany Hekla, she is an icelandic musician and instrumentalist that has recently been making experiments in electronic music. She has been studying music composition in LHÍ and will graduate from there this spring.
Foot in the Door is the contemporary music ensemble from The University of Hartford’s Hartt School. It is comprised of student musicians performing with faculty collaborators, whose repertoire includes music of established as well as emerging 20th and 21st-century composers from around the world.
This concert “1 to 4 (+/-)” will feature their students and faculty performing a wide variety of contemporary chamber music, from solos through quartets both with and without video and/or electronics, in a relaxed informal atmosphere.
Gyða Valtýsdóttir & Shahzad Ismaily are equally hard to pinch down multi talents that weave their way through all kinds of corners of our round globe.
Lending their musicianship and inspiration into records and concerts of various artists including Marc Ribot, Laurie Anderson, Bonnie Prince Billy, múm, Colin Stefson Josephine Foster and many more. You could find them playing; drums in Senegal, Gorecky symphony in a snowy cabin in Vermont, at a Whisky bar in the Rocky Mountains, improvising on the streets with locals of Istanbul, contemporary music at Kaffibarinn, as two of Ragnar Kjartansson´s Visitors, as a reggie back-up for pole dancers in Antigua, improvising with a bunch of classically over-tamed teenagers, as soloists with the Symphony, with Gnawa musicians in Morocco, at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, or at Mengi next Thurday at 21:00.
They will perform random choices of repertoire which will guarantee you a fine dose of much needed vitamin Dee, awaken olfactory bulbs & decalcification of the pineal glands.
“There are few moments in a persons life, when things change once and for all, one of those is turning 30 at least for me … simply because I recently turned 30 and for the first time in my life I can feel time is going by faster and faster…. Instead of thinking about past, I’m looking into the future trying new things, looking for another unopened door. Playing solo is most definitely THE most challenging ‘setting’ I could think of. I decided to give myself a present and celebrate my ‘getting older’ state of mind, with 30 solo concerts in 30 cities in various European countries. Only trumpet and mutes, no electronics or amps, no other members on the bandstand. It’s just me dealing with… myself, ideas, directions, doubts… I’ll finish this project by recording a solo album to be released in the spring 2015”
Tomasz Dąbrowski is an award-winning trumpeter and composer. Tomasz plays trumpet and a vintage instrument he calls “balkan horn.” His strong, instantly-recognizable sound and expressive playing are inspired by free jazz, Eastern European folk music, and avant-garde music. Tomasz is considered one of the most original Polish trumpet players and composers on today’s European jazz scene. At the age of 30 he has released 3 solo albums & 14 cd’s as a co-leader and sideman, touring extensively in Europe and Canada.
For the last five years, while living in Denmark, Dąbrowski has worked and performed with some of the finest musicians: Pheeroan Aklaff, Aaron Parks, RJ Miller, AC, Cooper Moore, worked with top-league on the Danish scene: Kresten Osgood, Jacob Anderskov, Kasper Tranberg, the Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Lotte Anker, Andreas Lang, Simon Krabs, and Kasper Tom.
In January 2012 Dąbrowski visited New York where he recorded three albums in twelve days, collaborating with Tyshawn Sorey, Kris Davis, Jonathan Blake, Gilad Hekselman, Andrew Drury, and Jaleel Shaw.
“TOM TRIO” is the title of Tomasz Dąbrowski’s first album as a leader and the name of his international group. Featuring double bassist Nils Bo Davidsen and drummer Anders Mogensen, the music of “TOM TRIO” expresses an extraordinary blend of Slavic and Scandinavian personalities through long melodic lines, rough sound textures, and a precise sense of time. Album has just been released by the well-known Danish label – ILK Records.
“TOM TRIO” received rave reviews in Europe, USA and Japan & Tomasz got nominated to the FRYDERYK AWARD [Polish Music Industry Award], in the “Debut of the year, jazz music” category.
Second solo album is called “Steps” and it is a duo with Tyshawn Sorey, recorded in New York durring the last visit in 2012. This album established Tomasz as one of the strongest voices of young generation on the European jazz scene. Most recent – 3rd solo album by Tomasz, has just been released by For Tune. 3D “Vermilion Tree”, featuring Kris Davis on piano and Andrew Drury on drums.
Live performance [YouTube links]:
NEW: OPEN SPACE – https://www.youtube.com/
“TRIPS” – https://www.youtube.com/
“BRIXTON” – https://www.youtube.com/
Petur Ben will be performing solo on Saturday January 31st at MENGIfor the first time. Using his guitar and other more eccentric instruments he’ll build his songs from scratch exploiting influences from folk, minimal rock and electronic music.
On the menu are brand spanking new compositions of his, songs from his previous albums as well as some unique covers.
God’s Lonely Man is the sophomore album by singer/songwriter, composer and indie rock musician Pétur Ben. It’s a dense work that’s twined with the key elements of dream pop, art rock and alternative rock and with a considerably large reference in faith and philosophy. It was written, arranged and produced over a course of three years by Pétur and with aid from a large group of his friends that consists of Amiina, Sin Fang, Lay Low, Sigtryggur Baldursson of The Sugarcubes and Kippi Kanínus just to name a few.
The album was released in Iceland in November 2012. It won a prize on the Kraumur Shortlist, received a nomination for the Icelandic Music Awards as album of the year and landed on nearly every list of best releases for 2012 in the Icelandic media. The album has been praised by various international publications, including KEXP.ORG in Seattle.