In a concert in Björtuloft, Pianist Ingi Bjarni Skúlason and his trio, Bárður Reinert Poulsen, bass and Magnús Tryggvason Eliassen percussion, perform compositions from the CD Fundur, published with Dot Time Records in New York last September. The theme is an ode to the North, folk jazz with clear, minimalistic melodies.
Ingi Bjarni studied jazz-piano at the jazz academy FÍH in Reykjavík, and graduated in 2011. In spring 2016 he graduated from the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag with a Bachelor degree and in 2018 he finished a specialised Nordic Master degree, The Composing Musician which took place in Gothenburg, Copenhagen and Oslo. He has performed in The Reykjavik Jazz festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Vilnius Jazz Festival, Lillehammer Jazz Festival, and Jazz in Duketown in the Netherlands as well as in concerts in Sweden, Estonia, the Faroe Islands and Belgium.
A review about Ingi Bjarni´s first CD, Skarkali, published in 2015 in All About Jazz:
“His playing is clear and crisp, with each note given deep meaning. Bobo Stenson comes naturally to mind in the space given each note. This deep, clear sound is echoed by the harmonies chosen, which sound simple, but are full of ambiguity. Although his music is highly emotional, it is constrained by a deep intelligence which produces a wonderful sense of playful control.”
The HARPA Welcome Series
presents home concerts with young musicians. It reaches out to those who have recently finished their studies abroad, inviting them to introduce themselves and their accomplishments to the audience at home, thus giving them a platform and an opening into professional life as musicians. Some young artists create their professional ground abroad and this series offers a possibility for our audience to follow their progress. Others come home to nurture other young talents and play a part in the extensive Icelandic musical scene. The Harpa Welcome Series shares with you our best young international Icelandic musicians: vocalists and instrumentalists, composers and ensembles of every genre — at home—in Reykjavik’s extraordinary Harpa Concert Hall.
Presented in cooperation with the Association of Icelandic Musicians.
The jazz concerts in the Harpa Welcome series take place in the beautiful Björtuloft hall on the 5th floor at 8pm.
The Harpa Welcome Series is free and everyone is welcome to listen!