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Sölvi & Magnús + Hilmar Jenssson / Anna Gréta Quartet / Iceland’s Liberation Orhcestra

Reykjavík Jazz 2020

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19:30 – Sölvi & Magnús + Hilmar

The audience of Reykjavík Jazz are in for a treat at this event as the long-collaborating duo of Sölvi Kolbeinsson and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen will be joined by guitarist extraordinaire Hilmar Jensson resulting in a trio not to be missed.

Alto saxophonist Sölvi Kolbeinsson and drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen met while working with various groups on the Icelandic music scene throughout the last few years. 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.

Hilmar Jensson needs no introduction to Icelandic jazz enthusiasts and in the perfect world the same would apply to jazz enthusiasts everywhere. He has been at the forefront of forward thinking jazz musicians in Iceland and is considered to be one of Iceland’s finest guitarists.

Sölvi Kolbeinsson: saxophone
Magnús Trygvason Eliassen: drums
Hilmar Jensson: guitar

20:45 – Anna Gréta Quartet

Icelandic jazz pianist and composer Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir has been living in Sweden since 2014, and she has despite her age become one of the most in-demand pianists in Sweden. In the past years she has received numerous awards and nominations, including the Monica Zetterlund award (awarded to one up and coming jazz musician in Sweden each year). For her performance at Reykjavík Jazz Festival 2020, Anna Gréta has put together a band consisting of Sölvi Kolbeinsson (sax), Einar Scheving (drums) and Johan Tengholm (double bass). Together they will play material from her newly released album “Brighter”, released by Naxos. This album was a collaboration between her and Swedish guitar player Max Schultz, featuring Joakim Milder on the saxophone, Magnus Gran on drums and Christian Spering on the double bass. The album has received critical acclaim both in Sweden and in Iceland.

PERFORMERS:

Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir: piano
Sölvi Kolbeinsson: saxophone
Johan Tengholm: double bass
Einar Scheving: drums

22:00 – Iceland’s Liberation Orchestra

Iceland’s Liberation Orchestra premieres a new piece by Haukur Gröndal which he has composed specifically for the band. The orchestra has not performed much for the last 10 years but returns at Reykjavík Jazz 2020 with a bang.

ICELAND’S LIBERATION ORCHESTRA:

Haukur Gröndal: wood-instruments
Óskar Guðjónsson: saxophone
Snorri Sigurðarson: trumpet
Samúel Jón Samúelsson: trombone
Kjartan Valdemarsson: piano
Birgir Steinn Theodórsson: double bass
Magnús Trygvason Eliassen: drums
Pétur Grétarsson: percussion
Sverrir Guðjónsson: vocals

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