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Sigmar Matthíasson – Metaphor / Ingibjörg Turchi / ASA Trio & Jóel Pálsson

Reykjavík Jazz 2020

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19:30 – Sigmar Matthíasson Metaphor

Bassist Sigmar Thor Matthiasson will release his second solo album early next year, but his debut album “Áróra” got two nominations for the Icelandic Music Awards last year. Before going into the studio again, Sigmar and his bandmates are going to warm up with a special concert at Reykjavík Jazz Festival. Presenting all-original music, which can be described as modern jazz with major influences from Balkan folk music and other world music. This is a unique opportunity to hear unreleased material that is constantly evolving. The band consists of Sigmar Matthiasson on double bass, Haukur Gröndal on clarinet and saxophone, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson on oud, guitar and other string instruments, Ingi Bjarni Skúlason on piano and Matthías Hemstock on drums and percussion.

PERFORMERS:

Sigmar Þór Matthíasson: double bass
Haukur Gröndal: clarinet, saxophone
Ásgeir Ásgeirsson: oud, guitar, other stringed instruments
Ingi Bjarni Skúlason: piano
Matthías Hemstock: drums

20:45 – Ingibjörg Turchi

Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi has been a mainstay of the Iceland music scene for the recent years, performing with many of the nation’s most beloved musicians in all genres. Alongside her session work, Ingibjörg also performs regularly under her own name, where she explores the possibilities of the electric bass, her main instrument. Ingibjörg released the EP Wood/Work in 2017 where her bass playing took center stage. In the summer of 2020 she will follow up with her first full length album, Meliae, where Ingibjörg continues to expand her sound with the help of her band. The album deftly combines jazz, minimalism and experimentalism in a highly melodic blend. Repetitions abound. The saxophone, guitar and bass are deconstructed with the help of modern electronics and then rebuilt to tremendous effect. In this way Ingibjörg and company create a unique and hypnotic musical landscape in which the familiar can be appreciated anew.

PERFORMERS:

Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi: electric bass
Tumi Árnason: tenor saxophone
Magnús Trygvason Eliassen: drums
Hróðmar Sigurðsson: guitar
Magnús Jóhann Ragnarsson: piano and rhodes

Reviews:
“The music itself is terrific . . . minimalistic bass playing coalescing into rhythmic motifs and loops. The sound is processed and notes and scales are cleverly woven together . . . very listenable piece of music”
Arnar Eggert Thoroddssen on “Wood/Work”

“Ingibjörg Turchi’s virtuosic ensemble played a set of warm, charming instrumental music that hovered between jazz, post-rock, formal composition and improvisation. It was free-flowing and hypnotic, from Ingibjörg’s finger-picked bass melodies, to Magnús Trygvason Eliassen´s startling and creative approach to percussion… to Tumi Árnason’s sparing and sometimes soaring saxophone passages.”
John Rogers, The Reykjavík Grapevine

“I did manage to move my way up to the front finally to watch Ingibjörg Turchi and her band create luscious, hypnotizing soundscapes defying the boundaries of genre and raising the bar on musicianship.”
Rex Beckett, The Reykjavik Grapevine

22:00 – ASA Trio & Jóel Pálsson

ASA Trio along with saxaphonist Jóel Pálsson will perform a repertoire of brand new music that is written by the four of them. The music consists of pieces that are written especially for this occasion and the group is heading into the studio to record the material afterwards.
ASA Trio has been an active unit from the year 2005 and has released two cd‘s as well as a couple of concert releases that are available as digital downloads on their website. The trio memebers are Andrés Thor on guitar, Agnar Magnusson on hammond organ and Scott
McLemore on drums. Saxaphonist extraordinaire Jóel Pálsson will be a special additon to the group this time around. Jóel has been active on the Icelandic music scene for many years and has released numerous recordings that have been awarded and aknowledged widely.

PERFORMERS:

Andrés Þór Gunnlaugsson: guitar
Agnar Már Magnússon: hammond organ
Scott McLemore: drums
Jóel Pálsson: tenor sax

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