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Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir and ensemble – Compass

Welcome home series

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Vocalist Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir, accompanied by Mikael Máni Ásmundsson, guitar, Birgir Steinn Theodorsson, double bass and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen, percussion, perform a diverse program that consists of standards, Modern Jazz, experimental improvisation, gentle soul music and songs by Anna Sóley of course.

Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir began playing the violin at an early age and at eighteen she finished the sixth grade from The Reykjavík College of Music where she began her vocl studies with Þórunn Guðmundsdóttir and Hlín Pétursdóttir Behrens. She was fascinated by jazz music and took private lessons with jazz singer Kristjana Stefánsdóttir, before entering the FÍH Jazz Academy in Reykjavík, where teachers were Ragnheiður Gröndal and Guðlaug Ólafsdóttir.  The program of the graduation concert in 2016 was largely built around her own compositions.

Anna Sóley currently studies jazz and pop singing with Izaline Calister at hte ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem in the Netherlands, as well as focusing on her own song-writing.

The Harpa Welcome Home Series is hosted by the Icelandic Musicians Association. 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 concert is part of Harpa´s Classical Sundays series and takes place at 8 pm in the Björtuloft hall on 5th floor.

Classical Sundays / Schedule Winter 2019 – 2020

September 2019

08.09.2019 Passion and Malice

15.09.2019 Women of Note

29.09. 2019 The Chamber Music Society #1: Brahms & Tanyev

October 2019

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

November 2019

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

December 2019

08.12.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert

January 2020

19.01.2020 The Chamber Music Society #4 – Kodály and Rakhmaninov

26.01.2020: Popular Romantic Lieder

February 2020

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

March 2020

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

April 2020

13.04.2020 Minua Jazz Trio

19.04.2020 Bach and the Children – Icelandic Strings

May 2020

03.05.2020 Brahms – Zemlinsky – Alma Mahler

10.05.2020 String Quartets

24.05.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble