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Sölvi Kolbeinsson & Magnús Trygvason Eliassen

Summer Series - Welcome Home

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Alto saxophonist Sölvi Kolbeinsson and drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen met while working with various groups on the Icelandic music scene. They started playing together as a duo in 2015 and have since performed multiple times at Mengi as well as in other local venues. During this time they have weaved their way through countless standards and other favourite tunes of theirs written by people like Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Paul Motian, Bud Powell and Antônio Carlos Jobim. They usually tend to play with these tunes in their own free spirit, putting their personal touch on them through improvisation and interplay but always treating each tune with respect and grace.

Sölvi Kolbeinsson (b. 1996) studied classical saxphone in Tónmenntaskóli Reykjavíkur and Tónlistarskóli Reykjavíkur and then jazz saxophone in Tónlistarskóli FÍH and Jazz-Institut in Berlin where he finished his BA degree in the summer of 2019. Throughout his studies he has won many prizes and accolades and has twice performed with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Sölvi is a member of many music ensembles in Iceland and Germany, including Volcano Bjorn, Hamamelidae, Julius Windisch Quartet, duo with drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen, Camus Quartet and Gaukshreiðrið. Sölvi has performed at jazz festivals in Germany, Finland, Norway and Iceland as well as playing concerts in Sweden, Holland, Switzerland, Scotland and Poland. He received the Iceland Music Award in 2016 as the rising star in the category of jazz and blues music.

Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (b. 1985) studied at FÍH Music College between 2004 and 2010 and in 2008 was awarded a scholarship. Magnús also spent time at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway where he studied under the guidance of Tor Haugerud, Ernst Wiggo Sandbakk and other great drummers.

In recent years Magnús has been very active on the Icelandic music scene working with a great number of bands, ensembles and musicians such as Eyþór Gunnarsson, Ellen Kristjánsdóttir, Kristjana Stefánsdóttir, Tómas R. Einarsson, Sigríður Thorlacius, Steingrímur Karl Teague, ADHD, amiina, Sin Fang, K-Trio, Moses Hightower and múm among others. Magnús has also taken part in the Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition on four different occasions, winning the first price twice with the bands K-Trio and Reginfirra.

Summer Series – Welcome Home is a collaboration between Harpa and FÍT – association of Icelandic professional classical musicians.