Sigmar Matthiasson – Meridian Metaphor
Meridian Metaphor is the second solo album by Icelandic bassist & composer Sigmar Matthiasson, set for release in April 2021 by Reykjavík Record Shop. To celebrate the release there will be a concert at Kaldalón, Harpa on Friday April 30th at 8 PM as a part of the International Jazz Day.
The music can be described as modern jazz mixing major influences from Balkan folk music and Arabic world music. The inspiration for the project was Sigmar’s collaboration and friendship with two musicians whom he met while studying in New York City – guitarist Taulant Mehmeti from Kosovo and Tunisian percussionist Ayman Boujlida. Therefore it’s possible to hear influences both from East and West, across the Prime Meridian, where the composer (with the help of his bandmates) makes up musical metaphors in each song with various references to people, places and experiences which have shaped him over time.
Ásgeir Ásgeirsson – oud
Haukur Gröndal – clarinet
Ingi Bjarni Skúlason – piano
Matthías Hemstock – drums
Sigmar Matthíasson – upright bass
This concert is made possible with a grant from Ýlir and hosted in collaboration with Múlinn Jazzclub.