Minua plays music that presents itself in constant alteration. Ranging from ambient drones, minimal patterns and free improv to more songbased structures, their style defies genre boundaries with a subtle blend of acoustic and electronic textures.
With the unique instrumentation of two guitars and a bass clarinet the musicians act as one unit, dedicating themselves to the collective sound; one that evokes both out-of-focus imagery and low-key melancholia.
After their debut album In Passing (2015), their second album Still Light is out on 1st of February 2019 via acclaimed German label Traumton Records. International tours and festival appearances since 2014 include China, Iceland,
Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria and Germany.
Fabian Willmann: bass clarinet
Kristinn Kristinsson: electric guitar
Luca Aaron: electric guitar
“The instrumentation of Minua is unique and their sound evokes a mood that one can easily get lost in. Their use of balance, space, and almost constant melodic improvising is intriguing as well very beautiful. What I admire most about Minua is their patience to allow their songs and compositions to unfold in very flowing rubato feel but at the same time holding the listener captive with an almost imperceptible intensity.”
– Jim Black
Kristinn Smár Kristinsson graduated from the FÍH Music School in the spring of 2011 and went on to study in Switzerland, at the Basel University of Music. Kristinn completed his bachelor’s degree in 2014, and switched to the University of Music in Bern, where he completed his Masters degree in guitar and composition two years later. In addition, he spent time with many heavyweight men from the jazz world, including Guillermo Klein, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Aydin Esen, Larry Grenadier, Jorgé Rossy.
Kristinn performs with the ensembles Minua and Monoglot regularly and both have released two CDs in recent years. The latest album, “Still Light” by Minua, was published by the renowned Traumton and has received outstanding reviews around the world. Minua came to Iceland in 2014 and traveled around the country. They toured China twice and the trio’s sound was very well received.
The Harpa Welcome Home series is hosted by the Icelandic Musicians Association and introduces Icelandic musicians who have recently graduated or are still studying abroad, to audiences at home.
Entrance is free.
08.09.2019 Passion and Malice
15.09.2019 Women of Note
29.09. 2019 The Chamber Music Society #1: Brahms & Tanyev
06.10.2019 Camerarctica – Mozart arias and Brahms
20.10.2019 The Chamber Music Society #2: Mozart & Schumann
27.10.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Three Frenchmen and Schumann
03.11.2019 Icelandic Songs with Ragnheiður Gröndal
10.11.2019 Sólveig Thoroddsen – The Harp in Harp
17.11.2019 The Chamber Music Society #3 – Camerarctica
24.11.2019 Sonatas for Cello and Piano
08.12.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert
19.01.2020 The Chamber Music Society #4 – Kodály and Rakhmaninov
26.01.2020: Popular Romantic Lieder
02.02.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble
09.02.2020 Stirni Ensemble
16.02.2020 Hulda Jónsdóttir and Ragnar Jónsson
16.02.2020 Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir and Ensemble
23.02.2020 Suites and Waltzes from East and West
01.03.2020 Cauda Collective
08.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #5 – Siggi String Quartet
15.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #6 – Weinberg and Shostakovich
22.03.2020: Björk Níelsdóttir and Matthildur Anna – Total Chaos
29.03.2020 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Beethoven for 250 years
13.04.2020 Minua Jazz Trio
19.04.2020 Bach and the Children – Icelandic Strings
03.05.2020 Brahms – Zemlinsky – Alma Mahler
10.05.2020 String Quartets
24.05.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble