The Caput ensemble performs works by Icelandic composer Þuríður Jónsdóttir and the late Italian composer Aldo Clementi. The ensemble members are Eydís Franzdóttir (oboe), Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir (viola), Kolbeinn Bjarnason (flute), Valgerður Andrésdóttir (piano), Elísabet Waage (harp), Grímur Helgason (clarinet), Guðni Franzson (bass clarinet), Steef van Oosterhout (percussion), Sigurður Halldórsson (cello), and Hávarður Tryggvason (double bass).
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As part of the Iceland International Flute Festival, the Nordic House is giving two free concerts on March 27 and 28.
As part of the Iceland International Flute Festival, the Nordic House is giving two free concerts on March 27 and 28. Read more here.
Aragrúi was formed in 2011 and is a blend of folk, myth pop, dark indie and rock. We are a 4 piece band from the south of Iceland. When the band got together in august 2011 we started as a cute pop band but since then we have put a much rougher rock edge on our sound. We are always working with new sounds and we will be putting our first EP together for this winter.
Dikta play alternative rock. Their songs are epic in size and in heart. Melodic and dynamic while telling the tales of hearts broken and mended. Songs you sing along with, songs that will get stuck in your head, make you wonder, then make you want to sing them all over again. Their full-length album, ‘Get It Together’, reached Platinum in their home country, received four awards at the Listener’s Choice Awards, their song ‘Thank You’ became one of the most played songs in Icelandic radio. In the meantime Dikta played non-stop all across the country and have also been touring frequently all around Germany. Dikta are now independently recording their final songs for the new album, to be ready 2015.
Vio are the winners of the 2014 Icelandic Music Experiments (Músíktilraunir), with their singer also receiving the award for best singer. Formed only three weeks before the contest, they started out as a semi-acoustic trio but soon evolved into a four piece alternative band with a broader soundscape.
Wesen (or ₩€$€₦) are duo Júlía Hermannsdóttir and Loji Höskuldsson. They started working together in 2004 under the name We Pained the Walls. After taking a few years off to work on other projects (Sudden Weather Change & Oyama to name just two) they’ve reunited in the last couple of years to once again step outside their comfort zone and make a new album under the new name Wesen. Wesen play catchy experimental electronic pop music and their live performance style is straightforward but striking, making use of both playback and live buildup.
Dad Rocks! is a band from Denmark, fronted by Icelandic-born songwriter Snævar Njáll Albertsson. Albertsson writes songs that are always sincere, often related to aspects of modernity but seldom without an element of humour and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. The music is inspired by a diversity of artists such as Bill Callahan, Why?, Sigur Rós, Sparklehorse and Do Make Say Think. The unique mix of folk and pop combines complex guitar work with piano, trumpets, violin and sometimes even an entire brass band or a girls choir. The band uses acoustic instruments to create a beautifully orchestrated sound but also tend to deconstruct such organic landscapes with the use of noise rock and electronics. The name itself, Dad Rocks!, is more than just a pun on the ‘dad rock’ genre: it’s a tribute to his kids, acknowledging that they are his primary source of inspiration. When describing the world around him, he is essentially reflecting on the world that his son and daughter will grow up in.
dj. flugvél og geimskip (Airplane and Spaceship) is a one girl’s project that draws influences from a thousand worlds.Defined as electronic horror-music with a space twist, the music is a mix of playful beats, cool bass, catchy melodies and high pitched vocals. She sings about evil cats taking over the world, alien experiments, demons hiding in shadows and the weird world below the surface of the ocean. Her live performances are lively, colorful and poetic and her music deals with mysteries, dreams and dangers of the night. On stage, dj. flugvél og geimskip is alone in the midst of keyboards and drum machines. Her concerts are like a strange blend of music, horror stories, poetry and theater. The mood is set by storytelling between songs, the use of incense, smoke, lights and a backdrop video. The audience is left feeling like they are in a vivid dream or have travelled to outer space.
Stafrænn Hákon has continued sliding a comic or surreal twist in his songwriting since 1999, challenging the epic and dreamy connotations his music has always been ascribed with. Humour in combination with sincerity haslong been some of Stafrænn Hákon´s driving forces, a twisted combination that reflects a personal nuance for those curious to dig deeper into the musical mindscape of the man behind the band. The band´s current lineup consists of guitarists Ólafur Josephsson and Lárus Siguðsson, bass guitarist Árni Þór Árnason, drummer Róbert Már Runólfsson and singer Magnús Freyr Gíslason.
Sturle Dagsland consists of the norwegian brothers Sturle & Sjur Dagsland. They alternate at playing on an array of instruments and electronics, harmonically creating an expressive-progressive ever-changing soundscape dominated by Sturle’s unrestrained innovative vocals ranging from ravening ferocious screams to virtous angelic chanting. His distinctive voice, large vocal range, multilingual lyrics and unique approach to songwriting and composition won him the “Emerging Artist” award in Copenhagen in 2012, and they have toured all across the world ever since.
DALÍ is the project of singer/bassist Erla Stefánsdóttir. Music and lyrics are by Erla and with her in the band are Helgi Reynir Jónsson guitarist, Fúsi Óttars on drums and Franz Gunnarsson guitarist. DALÍ is a mixture of many elements; you could say there is a hint of sweetness from Joni Mitchell, the surrealistic ruggedness of Primus and the full hearted swearing attitude of a sailor; it all comes together in DALÍ, a music style of many genres. Fronted by a singing female bassist who sings about love but also burying those lovers alive – it’s never a dull moment with DALÍ. The band has their new debut album out, selftitled “DALÍ” which is available in stores now!
Norwegian band Østfrost has a sound that’s difficult to describe, sitting somewhere between jazz, pop, indie and folk. Thankfully they’ll be playing five off-venue shows during Airwaves, allowing you the opportunity to find out for yourself just how good their music is.
AVóKA is a dreamy doom pop band from Reykjavík. Their music is best described as melancholic yet hopeful with a thick-layered sound created with harmonium, trumpet and unique vocals. AVóKA appeared for the first time at “Músíktilraunir 2015” (Icelandic battle of the bands) winning the 3rd place and getting awarded with the best bass- and drum player of the year. Their debut EP album “kok” will be released on 12th of January 2016.
different Turns was formed in October 2008 as a solo project that later escalated. The sound was originally acoustic and dreamlike but became harder as time passed and today it can be described as electronic alternative rock even though the band has room for versatility.
Centric plays at the Nordic House on November 7th at 16:00.
In 2010 Brynhildur Oddsdóttir, the frontlady, started the band Beebee and the bluebirds on the occasion of Reykjavik Blues festival. After graduating from Iceland Arts she began to write for their debut album. Brynhildur has been stydying jazz vocals and jazz/rock guitar for several years in FÍH. the beginning of October 2014, appeared on the market their debut album, entitled, “Burning heart”. All of the music and lyrics written by Brynhildur, but there was a large group of talanted musicians that took part of the recordings. The album is shun from jazz, improvisation and blues, but also reaches for the soul. Two songs from the album have reached the top 30 chart at national Radio station, Rás 2. They have been traveling to the US and Canada where their music has had some great reviews. High energetic, soulful and emotional are the keywords when describing their performance.
“Man in between” is basically a songwriter-singer. The song is the most important thing for him. He approaches music as a way of expression. As a vehicle of self-discovery or just, as a way to see what´s going on inside at the time. His musical style is mainly influenced by his street performances by which he got a simple approach to music.
Ojba Rasta’s singer/guitarist Teitur Magnússon released his long-awaited solo debut, titled ’27’, last december. We’re talking about a diversely influenced ‘indie pop’ record and you can witness and parttake in its enjoyable laid back’ness Live this Airwaves. You’ll hear simple and catchy songs layered with a psychedelic texture and some sweet melodies thanks to a rich and colorful instrumentation. Drawing from a wide array of sounds and elements, Teitur brings you a fresh slice of Icelandic pop, daring to take you higher!
Known as one of the Twin Cities most dynamic live acts, Rogue Valley and lead singer/songwriter Chris Koza are an internationally-recognized band who have released a total of nine albums and EPs over the past several years. They perform regularly at top venues (First Avenue, The Fitzgerald Theater) and festivals (Basilica Block Party, MN State Fair), and have extensively toured the US, sharing the stage or supporting artists like The Rural Alberta Advantage, Andrew Bird, Justin Vernon, and Tift Merrit, among others. Koza’s compositions have been featured on television for ABC, MTV, and CBS as well as numerous local and national commercials. Paste Magazine calls Rogue Valley one of Minnesota’s best bands, and Mr. Koza and his band continue to receive extensive critical-acclaim from both local and national press.
Hinemoa is an icelandic band that was formed in 2014 Reykjavík based. Ásta Björg and Rakel Páls started Hinemoa because they had the passion to perform and work on their own material that didn’t fit in any other projects they were working on. The main focus of Hinemoa are harmonies, acoustics and rhythms that combined make relaxing, enjoyable music.
The first Icelandic band to ever win the Eiserner Eversteiner European Folk Music Award, Árstíðir became a YouTube phenomenon after a friend recorded an impromptu performance of “Heyr himna smiður” in the Bürger Bahnhof train station in Wuppertal. After a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund their new album, the band took up residence and composed the album’s songs in Toppstödin, an abandoned coal-fired power plant repurposed as a creative space. They then recorded Hvel at the studio Orgelsmiðjan, home to many of Iceland’s renowned recording artists. The result is a collection of songs which weave both traditional and electronically-inspired instrumental threads together with soaring vocal harmonies, and that critics have described as “beautiful and atmospheric” and “utterly mesmerizing.”
To celebrate the anniversary of Spottarnir, they will be performing songs by the Swedish folk music composer Cornelis Vreeswijk. The band is comprised of Eggert Johannsson on vocals and guitar, Einar Sigurðsson on upright bass, Magnús R. Einarsson on guitar and vocals and Karl Pétur Smith on drums. During the intermission Mr. Silas Bäckström will give an introduction and answer some questions about Cornelis Vreeswijk.