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Múlinn Jazz Club

Quality jazz at a reasonable price

Concerts at Múlinn

Múlinn Jazz Club weekly in Björtuloft.

Múlinn’s program is ambitious, diverse and a good example of the liveliness that characterizes the Icelandic jazz scene. Visitors can listen to top quality jazz at a reasonable price with a great view over the harbor. Múlinn is a cooperation between Félags Íslenskra Hljómlistarmanna (FÍH) and Jazzvakningar. The club is named after Jón Múli Árnason who was also an honorary member and patron of Múlinn. Múlinn was founded in the fall 1997 but the first concert took place in the beginning of 1998. Múlinn is funded by The City of Reykjavík and The Iceland Music Fund and is in collaboration with The World Music Club and Harpa.

Tickets are 2.500 ISK / 1.500 ISK for students, seniors and disabled.

Organizers of Múlinn are Ólafur Jónsson and Haukur Gröndal.

Schedule - Summer 2018

20 June – Welten

WELTEN is a young german based band. Characteristic for their music is the warm, melancholic, sometimes fragile, band sound, which can be stylistically classified in minimalist indie jazz. With floating soundscapes and enchanting atmospheres, WELTEN in large dynamic arcs tells stories of hopes and desires and take the audience on a musical journey to icy deserts and grass-cutter ants. They have already recorded 2 albums.

Lukas Backs, flutes
Laurenz Welten, saxophones and clarinets
Valentin Mühlberger, wurlitzer and moog
Jonas Petry, drums, spacedrum and tonbak

22 June – The Tómas R. Latin Group

The bassist/composer Einarsson started out as a jazz musician, but in the last two decades he has mainly released records with his Latin music, recorded in Reykjavik and in Havana. His compositions are also to be found on international compilations like the Putumayo Presents Latin Jazz, where Einarsson was the only European included.

Óskar Guðjónsson, saxophone
Ómar Guðjónsson, guitar
Tómas R.Einarsson, bass
Þórdís Claessen, drums

27 June – Ólafur Jónsson Quartet

On saxophonist and composer Ólafur Jónsson debut album, Tími til kominn (About Time) which almost took 20 years in making, his original music flows through in a melodic and unique way. The band will play songs from the album, some favorite jazz standards and some by the band members.

Ólafur Jónsson, saxophone
Andrés Þór Gunnlaugsson, guitar
Þorgrímur Jónsson, bass
Erik Qvick, drums

29 June – Arctic Swing Quintet

Arctic Swing Quintet

The quintet is a beautifully balanced swing-band with some of
Iceland’s most experienced jazz-cats. It’s repertoire is composed of songs from
the golden age of jazz from 1927 to 1945 with special emphasis on swing,
lyrical solos and general briskness.

Haukur Gröndal, saxophone
Snorri Sigurðarson, trompet
Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, guitar
Sigmar Þór Matthíasson, bass
Erik Qvick, drums

4 July – Óskar Guðjónsson – MOVE

The quartet will play music by the members along with songs from the golden age of the american songbook. Playfulness and telepathic flow are the characteristic of the quartet’s approach.

Óskar Guðjónsson, saxophone
Eyþór Gunnarsson, 
piano
Valdimar Kolbeinn Sigurjónsson, 
bass
Matthías MD Hemstock,
 drums

11 July – Mambolitos

Sigrún Kristbjörg Jónsdóttir, trombone and violin
Daníel Helgason, guitar and tres
Alexöndra Kjeld, bass and voice
Kristófer Rodriguez Svönuson, percussion

The quartet plays a mix of well-known Latin standards from the salsa repertoire in jazzed up arrangements as well as original compositions.

13 July – Byzantine Silhouette

Haukur Gröndal, clarinet
Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, strings
Þorgrímur Jónsson, bass
Erik Qvick, percussion

Múlinn Jazz Club in collaboration with the World Music Club presents the Icelandic Balkan band, Byzantine Silhouette. The band will perform a fiery mix of music from Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and Turkey. The band has released two albums and a DVD that has received great review.

18 July –Baldvin Snær Hlynsson Quintet

Björgvin Ragnar Hjálmarsson, saxophone
Bjarni Már Ingólfsson, guitar
Baldvin Snær Hlynsson, piano
Sigmar Þór Matthíasson, bass
Skúli Gíslason, drums

Pianist Baldvin Snær will lead his quintet performing material from his newest album Renewal as well as brand new compositions. The album has been critically acclaimed in Iceland and abroad. Baldvin is influenced by folk and jazz music and his music combines elements of both worlds. He was chosen “newcomer of the year” at the Icelandic Music Awards 2018.

20 July – The Mulinn Quintet

Haukur Gröndal, saxophone
Ólafur Jónsson, saxophone
Agnar Már Magnússon, piano
Þorgrímur Jónsson, bass
Scott McLemore, drums

The band will play a varied program of works previously featured by the band. Cannonball Adderley, Tristano, Parker, Henderson and some originals. The audience can also expect some exciting music with the three bass players playing together.

25 July – Marína & Mikael Quartet

Marína Ósk Þórólfsdóttir, voice
Mikael Máni Ásmundsson, guitar
Andri Ólafsson, bass
Matthías MD Hemstock, drums

The jazz duet Marína & Mikael released their debut album, Beint heim, in August 2017, which was well received and got nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards. The duet was formed in the fall of 2014 and have put together a specifically chosen and arranged program, honoring lesser known jazz standards that haven’t gotten enough love since their birth; but truly deserve some attention.