Island-Film Island-Jazz in Berlin
Kristjana Stefánsdóttir, 1968 in Selfoss geboren, gehört zu den profiliertesten Jazzsängerinnen Islands. Nach ihrem Studium in Reykjavík, Amsterdam und Den Haag, und Meisterklassen international renommierter Jazzgrössen hat Kristjana Konzerte in den Niederlanden, England, Deutschland und Island gegeben, u.a. beim Reykjavík Jazz Festival. Anlässlich der Präsentation des neuen Island-Films von N24, der am 19. September erstmalig ausgestrahlt wird, kommen Kristjana und ihr Pianist Agnar Már Magnússon nach Berlin, um sich dem Berliner Jazz-Publikum vorzustellen. Unterstützt von Icelandair, N24, Jazzradio und der Botschaft Islands wird Kristjana am 2. September ab 22 Uhr in der Unique musicLounge im Stilwerk auftreten.
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Kristjana Stefánsdóttir graduated cum laude as a jazz singer from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in the Netherlands in the spring of 2000, under the guidance of Rachel Gold, having previously completed her studies at Söngskólinn í Reykjavík and taken private lessons with Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir and Sigríður Ella Magnúsdóttir. Kristjana has also studied singing techniques with Cathrine Sadolin in Copenhagen. Kristjana's first CD, Ég verð heima um jólin (I'll be home for Christmas), with the Kristjana Stefáns quartet, was released in 1996, and she has since made recordings as a soloist and as a guest performer, and made regular appearances in radio, on television and in concerts. The solo album Kristjana released in 2001 (released in Japan in 2005) was nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards, as well as Fagra veröld (Beautiful world) in 2002 where she sang songs composed by Sunna Gunnlaugsdóttir to the works of various poets. She also sang on the Reykjavík album of Stórsveit Reykjavíkur arranged by Veigar Margeirsson and Guðmundarvaka which was recorded at a memorial concert for Guðmundur Ingólfsson, the jazz pianist.
Kristjana has given concerts in many countries, including the Netherlands, Germany, England, Finland and Japan. She lives and works in Reykjavík.
Agnar Már Magnússon began musical studies at a young age. After graduating from the FÍH school of music in Reykjavík and Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, he studied with Larry Goldings and other private instructors in New York. There, he also was introduced to many known jazz musicians and that led to the recording of his first CD titled 01. O one was released in and distributed around the world by the Spanish record company Fresh Sound-New Talent. Since then, Agnar has released many CDs, most of which have been nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards. These include Tónn í tómið, a live recording of a piano duet with Ástvaldur Traustason, and two CDs with the B3 trio, Fals and Kör, where Agnar plays a Hammond organ. Agnar also released original music to the play Nítjánhundruð, which was staged in the Icelandic National Theatre in 2005. Agnar has received the Outstanding Musicianship Award from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and made it to the semi-finals in the Martial Solal international jazz pianist competition in Paris 2002. He has arranged music for CDs and musicals, worked with Stórsveit Reykjavíkur for many years, played in concerts in Iceland and abroad and been musical director in the theatre. Agnar is currently working as a jazz pianist, as well as teaching piano playing at the jazz department of the FÍH school of music.