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Múlinn Jazz Club

Múlinn Jazz Club kicks off its spring program with a performance from Andrés Þór Quartet, tomorrow at 9 pm in Björtuloft.

Andrés Þór Gunnlaugsson, guitar
Agnar Már Magnússon, píanó
Þorgrímur Jónsson, bass
Scott McLemore, drums

Guitarist Andrés Þór will lead his quartet in their rendition of brand new material written by him.

Múlinn’s program is ambitious, diverse and a good example of the liveliness that characterizes the Icelandic jazz scene. Many of the best known Icelandic jazz musicians appear on the program, consisting of 16 concerts taking place almost every Wednesday at 9 pm until May 23rd.

Visitors can listen to top quality jazz at a reasonable price with a great view over the harbor.

February 14 – Agnar Már Magnússon trio

Agnar Már Magnússon, piano
Valdimar Kolbeinn Sigurjónsson, bass
Scott McLemore, drums

The trio will be performing brand new material by the pianist Agnar Már. The trio has been playing together for many years and they released their album “Svif” in 2016. 

February 21 – Vistir, Þórdís Gerður 

Þórdís Gerður Jónsdóttir, chello
Guðmundur Pétursson, guitar
Steingrímur Karl Teague, piano
Andri Ólafsson, bass
Matthías M.D. Hemstock, percussion

The band will be performing music by cellist Þórdís Gerður, written in 2013-2015. The two main goals of the project are finding the cello a place as a principal instrument in jazz and improvised music and playing jazz and improvising as if it were classical chamber music. Through-composed material that sounds like improvisation and improvisation that sounds as through-composed music. 

February 28 – Kristján Marteinsson trio, Ahmad’s blues tribute

Kristján Martinsson, piano
Valdimar Kolbeinn Sigurjónsson, bass
Magnús Trygvason Eliassen, drums

A night full of feel-good jazz, volcanic emotions and humour. It‘s not every day that the Amsterdam based pianist Kristján Martinsson plays a concert at Múlinn jazz club. This evening is a tribute to the legendary jazz trio “Ahmad Jamal trio“ especially their CD Ahmad’s Blues. 

March 7 – Quartet Kjarr

Jesper Blæsbjerg, trumpet and flugelhorn
Jakob Hagedorn Olsen, guitar
Guðjón Steinar Þorláksson, bass
Jón Óskar Jónsson, drums

The band members have been playing together for the last few years, covering various types of music. For this occasion the trumpet player Jesper Blæsbjerg travels from Denmark to play with the band.  The sound of the band can be described as mellow and the musicians aim is to focus on lyrical and creative improvisation. Monk, Hancock, Jarrett and Swallow, along with original material.

Tuesday March 13– Sigmar Þór Matthíasson, Áróra 

Snorri Sigurðarson,  trompet og flygilhorn
Helgi Rúnar Heiðarsson, saxófónn og klarinett
Jóel Pálsson, saxófónn og klarinett
Kjartan Valdemarsson, piano
Sigmar Þór Matthíasson, bass
Magnús Trygvason Eliassen, drums

Bassist Sigmar Þór will release his debut solo album later this year. Before going into the studio with his band they are going to warm up with a special concert at Múlinn. Presenting all-original music, which can be described as a powerful mixture of jazz, pop and rock with an adventurous, yet still a stable outcome.

March 21 – Una Stef

Una Stefánsdóttir, voice and piano
Elvar Bragi Kristjónsson, trumpet
Albert Sölvi Óskarsson, saxophone
Sólveig Morávek, saxophone
Daníel Helgason, guitar
Baldur Kristjánsson, bass
Sólrún Mjöll Kjartansdóttir, drums

Una first appeared on the Icelandic music scene in 2014 when she released her debut album Songbook. The album caught the eyes and ears of people from all over and received great critique. The first 2 singles from the album; “Mama Funk” and “Breathe” made it straight to the Top Radio Charts and Una’s music has been featured in TV, magazines and radio in Iceland, Europe and South America. Her last singles have all made their way straight to the Top Radio Charts including the summer hit “The One”  and her newest single “Like Home” that was released last November.

March 28 – Scott McLemore Quartet

The American drummer Scott McLemore debuts a new international quartet on it’s way into the studio featuring all-new compositions. Open, melodic jazz from a multi-national perspective.

April 4 – Maria Baptist / Sigurður Flosason Quartet

German pianist Maria Baptist and Icelandic saxophonist Sigurður Flosason join forces in a quartet that features compositions by both. Maria Baptist is internationally known as a composer of big band music, conductor and pianist. Siguður Flosason is one of Iceland’s most active jazz musicians.

April 10 – Camus Quartet

The quartet was formed in 2014 by friends studying together in the FÍH Music School in Reykjavík. The band will perform their favorite jazz standards as well as original music.

April 18  – Rósa Guðrún – Esperanza

Rósa Guðrún and her band will play songs by the American bass player and singer Esperanza Spalding. Esperanza Spalding is a rising star in the world of jazz worldwide having already released six albums. Her music is influenced by various styles, such as classical music, Latin music as well as funk and pop.