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Reykjavik Jazz Festival

August 9th-13th

The Reykjavik Jazz Festival begins today with an opening ceremony at 17:30 in Hörpuhorn. From the beginning the festival has presented the full spectrum of styles that jazz has to offer featuring Icelandic jazz artists as well as international groups and across the border collaborations.

Below you can find the festival schedule:

Miðvikudagur / Wednesday 9. ágúst
17:00 Skrúðganga / Jazz parade
17:30 Setning Jazzhátíðar á Classic sviði (Hörpu horni) / Opening Ceremony Classic stage (Harpa corner)
19:00 Jóel Pálsson & Valdimar New music to the poetry of contemporary Icelandic poets
20:00 Tineke Postma Four One of Netherlands brightest stars with her quartet
21:20 Bjössi Thor & Mikael Berglund / re-release of Björns debut album “Svif” Jazz Rock from a guitar virtuoso
22:30 Jamsession á Classic sviði – FREE

Fimmtudagur / Thursday 10. ágúst
17:00 Happy hour á Classic sviði – Sigurdís Sandra, FREE
19:00 Leifur Gunnarsson & Ragnheiður Gröndal / Jazz with lyrics from Snorri Hjartar
20:00 Vincent Peirani & Emile Parisien / An award winning accordion and reeds duo from France
21:20 Agnar Már Magnússon tríó + 3 / The Icelandic music heritage in a modern jazz context.
22:20 Kvartett Ólafs Jónssonar, CD Release Concert: Contemporary jazz with firm roots in the tradition
23:00 Jamsession á Classic sviði – FREE

Föstudagur / Friday 11. ágúst
17:00 Happy hour á Classic sviði – Berg, FREE
19:00 Iceland meets Tunisia & Kosovo An exciting international trio formed in New York
20:00 Sigurður Flosason & Lars Jansson CD Release. Music dedicated to Icelandic nature where the edges are sharp and beauty lies within the fine details of mountain grass and moss.
21:20 Volcano Bjorn Unique blend of nordic lyricism and rock with a dash of Berlin freshness and agility
22:20 Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band / This 18 piece orchestra puts the groove on
23:00 Jamsession á Classic sviði – FREE

Laugardagur / Saturday 12. ágúst
11:00 Masterclass, music of Tunisia & Kosovo – FREE
15:00 Gaukur Hraundal & Reykjavík Swing Syndicate ruglast í rýminu (fjölskylduvænt) – Family concert with Gaukur Hraundal – FREE Classic stage
16:00 Marína og Mikael / Young and joyful approach to American standards – FREE Classic stage
17:00 Fred Hersch – Artist talk / Classic stage
Eldborgarkvöld Jazzhátiðar / Eldborg hall concert night
19:00 Melismetiq CD Release. An exciting quartet of internationally acclaimed artists. Contemporary jazz with focus on warmth and melody.
20:30 Fred Hersch Trio One of the greatest living jazz pianists performs with his trio.
22:15 Trondheim Jazz Orchestra ásamt Ole Morten Vågan / Trondheim Jazz Orchestra featuring Ole Morten Vågan Catchy progressive jazz with a good dash of nordic lyricism.
23:00 Jamsession á Classic sviði – FREE

Sunnudagur / Sunday 13. ágúst
15:00 Gay composers of jazz classics celebrated by four fabulous vocalists and a rhythm section. Four fabulous vocalists and a rhythm section will pour their hearts and souls into well selected gems of Cole Porter’s, Billy Strayhorn’s, Bessie Smith’s and others.

To purchase festival pass or single day passes press here.