Band Biographies


Nordic jazz artists present a unique sound that emphasizes the natural elements of the Nordic countries with a modern interpretation. The contemporary Nordic Jazz scene is characterized by improvisation; the music tends to be experimental but melodically strong with a spacious sound and open song structures. The music implies communion with nature. The participants in Nordic Jazz 2013 are some of the Nordic countries’ most creative and interesting artists with strong educational backgrounds, international careers and several jazz prizes in their curriculum vitae.

Christian Wallumrød Ensemble (NO)

 Twins Jazz, Saturday 20th, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.

The press said: 
‘..with this latest salvo his creations have never sounded more bewitching and elusive (..) the luminescent sound of the group is practically enough to dazzle the ears for hours.’
Peter Margesak / Downbeat

‘..a music that is, by turns, of the head and heart, celebratory and mocking (..) Is it jazz? No. It’s music that makes its own space.’

Ray Comiskey / Irish Times

Band: 
Christian Wallumrød - piano / harmonium / toy piano
Eivind Lønning – trumpet
Gjermund Larsen - violin / hardanger fiddle / viola
Espen Reinertsen – saxophone
Tove Törngren – cello
Per Oddvar Johansen - drums, vibraphone

Bio: 
The work of pianist and composer Christian Wallumrød and his ensemble continues to surprise and develop in strong, playful and intriguing directions. His recordings with this group (on ECM Records) has all been met with praises throughout Europe and the US. A new album with CWE is due this spring.

Each of these players brings a wealth of experience to the total group sound. Per Oddvar Johansen and Wallumrød has worked closely in various constellations for more than 20 years, and Johansen has contributed to countless groups and recordings, a.o. with Trygve Seim, The Source and with Solveig Slettahjell. Gjermund Larsen is considered one of the most prominent young musicians on the Norwegian folk music scene. In addition to his own trio he works a.o. with Majorstuen and Trondheimsolistene.

Despite their young age both Eivind Lønning and Espen Reinertsen are already experienced and highly versatile musicians who has developed a personal sound with their special focus on extended techniques. 

Together they form the duo Streifenjunko, and they are also part of the Japanese / Norwegian group Koboku Senju (w/Tetuzi Akyama and Toshimaru Nakamura. Swedish cellist Tove Törngren is an active chamber musician, and she is a member of the Dutch Duo Estivo, the Swedish Music for ten strings and the Norwegian Tango Twist.

Apart from his work with CWE Christian Wallumrød plays in the Norwegian / French group Dans Les Arbres (w/Xavier Charles, Ingar Zach, Ivar Grydeland).

About Christian Wallumrød (1971)
Acoustic and electronic keyboards / composer
Christian Wallumrød has worked as a musician and composer since 1992, and he is considered one of the most prominent musicians of the younger Norwegian generation.

He made his debut on ECM Records with the album “No Birch” (issued in 1996) to considerable critical acclaim. The album “Sofienberg Variations” with a new ensemble (Christian Wallumrød Ensemble: with Nils Økland, Arve Henriksen and Per Oddvar Johansen) was released on ECM in 2003. 

Wallumrøds third album ”A Year From Easter”, with the same ensemble, was released in spring 2005 on the German record label. An extended version of his acoustic ensemble (sextet with long time partners Henriksen and Johansen in addition to Gjermund Larsen on violins, Tanja Orning on cello and Giovanna Pessi on baroque harp) played Wallumrøds com- positions on the album ”The Zoo Is Far” (ECM, 2007). 

In 2008 the trumpeter Eivind Lønning replaced Arve Henriksen in the sextet version of CWE, and the ensemble recorded and released the album ”Fabula Suite Lugano” in 2009. The record was nominated for the Nordic Musicprice 2010. Since 2002 the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble has regularly toured and played festivals in Norway, Scandinavia, Europe and the US.

In addition to composing and performing with his ensemble, Wallumrød is also part of the quartet Dans Les Arbres, with fellow Norwegians Ivar Grydeland (guitars / banjo) and Ingar Zach (percussion / grand cassa) and French clarinet player Xavier Charles. The group was formed in 2006 and works solely with acoustic and improvised music. The first Dans Les Arbres album was released on ECM Records in spring 2008.

Wallumrød has had long term collaborations with a.o. singer Sidsel Endresen (w/ Merriwinkle and w/ Jan Bang) and drummer Audun Kleive (with his Generator X), resulting in various recordings (Jazzland Records). He has also recorded several albums on Norwegian labels, a.o. with the trio Close Erase.

Wallumrød has generally focused on small and fixed ensembles, both as a performer and a composer. Over the years he has also done several solo performances and participated in various ad hoc constellations within the field of improvised music. Since the beginning of the 90’s he has toured, played festivals and made broadcasting recordings in Norway and Scandina- via, Finland, Germany, UK, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Austria, Czeck Rep., Hungary, Estonia, Slovenia, Italy, China, Canada and the US.

At the Ultima Festival for Contemporary Music 2000 (Oslo) he participated as an improvising soloist on Fender Rhodes (el-piano) on Eivind Buene‘s (N) „Objects of Desire“ with Oslo Sinfonietta, conducted by Christian Eggen.

For more information please see also: www.christianwallumrod.com

 

Eero Koivistoinen Quartet (FI)

 Embassy of Finland, Thursday 27th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (RSVP to wasevents@formin.fi)

Twins Jazz, Friday 28th, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.

EERO KOIVISTOINEN
Eero Koivistoinen has had many different ensembles on his long career as a jazz musician, this is the latest.

The quartet plays mostly Eero's own compositions - new and older. The music is based on modern jazz tradition but has personal angles. Koivistoinen's long connection with Africa shows in the group's rhythmic expression. Eero has worked in many different African countries as a musician, producer and educator. On quartet's program can be heard also hints of Finnish folk music.
Koivistoinen received the very first Georgie Award (1967) of the newly founded Finnish Jazz Federation. Since then, Koivistoinen has won several competitions for musicians and composers both abroad and in Finland. In the early 1970s Koivistoinen studied in the Sibelius Academy and Berklee School of Music in Boston, USA.

Eero is one of the UMO's founder members. He was appointed Artistic Director of the UMO for a two-year period (1996 - 98). As a conductor, he is appreciated also outside Finland; he has conducted in countries such as Germany, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Iceland and South Africa.

Koivistoinen's sizeable list of works includes hundreds of works, instrumental music for ensembles of various sizes, and vocal music. Among recent larger works is eg Round about Monk, an orchestral suite on the themes of Thelonious Monk arranged for a symphony orchestra, commissioned by RSO (Radio Symphony Orchestra), multimedia work Baltic Sea Blues for Sinfonietta and jazz trio commissioned by Kymi Sinfonietta and CD album of children songs commissioned by UMO Jazz Orchestra.
Eero has been collaborating with many legendary music makers like Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, John Scofield, Ron McClure, Jack DeJohnette etc. www.eerokoivistoinen.com

Alexi Tuomarila studied first classical piano from an early age. Later Alexi studied at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels where graduated in 1999. The same year Alexi Tuomarila Quartet won the trophy for best band at Jazz Hoeilaart competition in Belgium. 2001 Alexi got the 1st prize in Monaco jazz soloist competition and his quartet won later Tremplin competition in Avignon, France. Alexi has been recently playing with Thomas Stanko with whom he has been touring in Europe and USA.

"...focusing the spotlight on an enormously talented and creative young musician from Finland...Tuomarila is a distinctive and important new voice in jazz" Jazzwise

"That kind of maturity in a musician is really more the exeption than the rule...I'm definitely exited about the future of this piano player" Brad Mehldau.

Jori Huhtala graduated 2013 as a bass player from the Jazz Department of Sibelius Academy. He is very talented and already important musician in Finnish jazz circles. He performs with a numerous groups, for example Kvalda, Big Blue, Raoul Björkenheim Ecstacy, Panu Savolainen Proprius etc. Huhtala has been collaborating also with David Liebman, Tim Hagans, Billy Hart, Dick Oatts, Jukkis Uotila and Tim Ries. Jori is also an active composer.

Drummer Jussi Lehtonen is a steady figure in the finnish jazz scene, energetic, swinging and sensitive musician with a lot of experience in live performances with small and big bands, recording and education.

Some recent performances of Lehtonen are with Dave Liebman Trio, Randy Brecker Quintet, Tim Hagans, Bob Mintzer, Dick Oatts, Mats Holmqvist Big Band feat Dave Liebman, Tim Ries and Bernard Fowler (music of Rolling Stones), Jukkis Uotila Band and Ulf Wakenius.

Some recent recordings of Lehtonen are his second own solo album "This Time" (Prophone Records) featuring Dutch guitarist Jesse Van Ruller, Swedish saxist Johan Hörlen’s new album, George Kontrafouris’ upcoming album, and with a few other finnish groups. Lehtonen is teaching at the Sibelius-Academy Jazz Department. He is an artistic director at Koko Jazz Club www.kokojazzclub.com Lehtonen has been playing also with Koivistoinen's different groups and performed with him in Bali Jazz Festival, Indonesia and at New York' Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola 2008.

"Jussi Lehtonen is a 360 degree musician. He does it all...plays any style, writes and arranges amazing tunes and in the tradition of many classic jazz drummers is a true bandleader. His CD First Born is just terrific and gets ***** ! We'll be hearing a lot more Jussi Lehtonen" Randy Brecker www.jussilehtonen.net

 

Eivind Opsvik's Overseas (NO)

 Twins Jazz, Saturday 29th, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.


About Eivind Opsvik 
Eivind Opsvik is a Norwegian musician who’s been living in New York for close to fifteen years years.

His main projects are his band “Overseas”, the instrumental chamber-pop duo Opsvik & Jennings and his solo project.

His band, “Overseas” has been together for over ten years and they continue to play venues in New York City and festivals in the US and abroad. Eivind writes and arranges all the music. 

In the spring of 2012 they released their fourth album, aptly called “Overseas IV”. All Music had this to say: "a unique-sounding album that's also an unqualified success thanks to Opsvik's vision and a great band"
Downbeat chimed in: "Eivind Opsvik's new opus belongs to a unique musical universe”

“..transport the listener to another time and place, creating a cinematic experience that goes beyond the average “jazz” record." // About.Com

Opsvik & Jennings released their third album on CD and Vinyl; “A Dream I Used to Remember” (Loyal Label) in 2009. 

Eivind is currently working on a solo album.

Eivind plays/has played in the bands of Paul Motian, Tony Malaby, David Binney, Kris Davis and Nate Wooley and collaborated with among others Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Nasheet Waits, Paal Nilssen-Love, Chris Potter and Mat Maneri.

Although his instrument is the bass, he also plays various other instruments like lap steel guitar, old analog keyboards and drums, and is also heavily involved in recording and mixing, composing and creating music, and running a record label; Loyal Label.

http://www.eivindopsvik.com
http://www.loyallabel.com
http://www.opsvikandjennings.com

 

Lina Nyberg Band (SE)

 Embassy of Sweden/House of Sweden, Wednesday 26th, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m


Band 
David Stackenäs, guitar 
Josef Kallerdahl, bass
Peter Danemo, drums

New CD - Palaver
In September 2011 the Swedish composer and jazz singer Lina Nyberg and her band released their latest CD ‐ PALAVER (Moserobie Records). The CD recieved raving reviews and was selected by Chicago Reader writer Peter Margasak as the Vocal CD of the year. The music is a blend of influences from Brazilian Tropicalia, European Free form, modern classical composers, the American songbook and old school jazz. Her odd and poetic lyrics has a comical twist as well as a drastic significance inspired by dreams and real life. In this particular project every song is named after a person that has meant a lot to her, friends, musicians, authors, relatives. In March 2011 Lina Nyberg was awarded the prestigious Jazzmusician of the Year‐prize by the Swedish Radio and in October 2011 she was the Guest of Honour at the Umeå International Jazz Festival.

About Lina Nyberg 
Lina Nyberg was born in Stockholm in 1970 and raised in an artistic home. She discovered jazz at age14 and at 18 years of age Lina began singing with Swedish jazz stars such as Bernt Rosengren, Nisse Sandström, Fredrik Norén Band and others. In 1990 Lina built her own first constellation "Lina Nyberg Kvintett" consisting of Per "Texas" Johansson, Esbjörn Svensson, Dan Berglund, and Mikel Ulfberg. 
In 1993 her first CD was released CLOSE (Prophone records). A duo recording with late pianist Esbjörn Svensson. An instant success and Swedish jazz classic. Over the years Lina Nyberg has collaborated with various jazz musicians such as John  Taylor, Anders Jormin, Marilyn Crispell and Rigmor Gustafsson. She has toured in Europe, Vietnam, Canada, Japan and Brazil. In June 2013 she will return to Canada and USA with her new band. Lina Nyberg is one of Sweden’s most creative and interesting jazz singers. For 20 years she has been attracting consistent and widespread attention, mostly in Scandinavia, but also in other parts of the world. 

The Press Said
"… one should expect innovation and experimentation from her, and this she supplied in quantity with an evening of her own quirky compositions and banter. Her polished, witty style is matched by her well balanced quartet featuring the male powerhouse of Josef Kallerdahl and Peter Danemo on bass and drums, and the equally quirky, delicate piano work of Cecilia Persson. Nyberg's writing style is something of a cross between glee club and post punk songstress, described elsewhere as "avant cabaret jazz." ANTHONY SHAW // ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"Another Swede, the intriguing and unabashedly eclectic Lina Nyberg... She was dressed to impress, sartorially and musically. Fortified by an artful band, Nyberg cooks up new flavors in the vein of jazz ­ inspired art pop, a fresh sound very much worth seeking out." JOE WOODARD // JAZZTIMES 

”Swedish singer/composer Lina Nyberg is indeed an unique artist. She has a vivid imagination, knows how to compose, arrange and perform a song-­‐story, and explore its dramatic elements by injecting the right dosage of pathos and humor—and always with elegance and grace. She also has the wisdom to find the right musical companions, some who have accompanied her for several years.” EYAL HAREUVENI // ALL ABOUT JAZZ.

http://www.linanyberg.se/

 

Line Kruse (DK)

 Twins Jazz, Saturday 22nd, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.


About Line Kruse 
A graduate from the Royal Danish Conservatory, the Danish violinist Line Kruse soon developed a taste for the extraordinary. Her interest in jazz led her to Paris, where she became part of the city’s vibrant international and especially Latin music scene. For the last 15 years she has been based in Paris with the whole world as her stage - particularly as a member of the innovative and extremely popular tango band Gotan Project. But Line Kruse finds her own personal musical paths when blending traditional jazz violin with Latin and Scandinavian influences in a modern setting with a touch of electronica. Danish reviewers have described the music as “splendid and innovative”, saying that Line “mixes violin and Latin rhythms with an astute sense of style in a steaming hot air”.

In 2005 Line Kruse gave us WARM WAVES. DREAM from 2009 does not reveal that she is part of a world famous electronica- inspired tango orchestra. Line’s third release, DANCING ON AIR, features her own original compositions and arrangements in a repertoire put together in the same fashion as her musical life: navigating from north to south. It all blends together to create her own brand of world music, when she builds bridges between Scandinavian sounds, Afro-Peruvian tradition, tango, jazz and electronica, played with virtuosity and feeling. It’s great to hear her incorporate other worlds in her music without losing sight of her Scandinavian ancestry. The CD’s title, DANCING ON AIR, hints that her many-faceted musical personality also includes poetic and dreamy sides.
Line’s ambitions are high. The Swedish super-bassist, Lars Danielsson, the phenomenal Argentine drummer Minino Garay, and the French pianist Jean Yves Jung are the basis of a truly international band. And to top it off, Line called in precisely the musicians needed to satisfy her sensitive ears. Everyone plays outstandingly throughout an inspired and original crossover album, guaranteed to find an enthusiastic audience more interested in musicality and originality than in musical labels.

FRANCO PINNA - Drums
Franco Pinna started his musical career in 1988 in Tucuman, Argentina where he performed and recorded with some of the most distinguished musicians of the country. In January of 1998 Franco moved to Boston to enter the Berklee College of Music where he obtained the "Outstanding Musicianship" scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude. The drummer has dedicated a big part of his life to study all the different rhythms from the South American folklore creating a unique way of interpret them incorporating traditional percussion instruments in to the drum set. Since he moved to New York in 2004 he has performed as a sideman a wide variety of rhythms and recorded more than 70 albums for many artists around the globe.

FABRIZIO FENOGLIETTO - Guitar 
Born in Buenos Aires, Fabrizio Fenoglietto began studying classical guitar in 1978 at the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires, with HORACIO CEBALLOS, member of the "4teto MARTINEZ ZARATE," until his departure for France in 1984. He has been studying bass since 1987 with Riccardo del Fra, Heyn van den Geyn, Jean François Jenn Clark and Eddy Gomez, and have been playing and recording with various artists and ensembles of jazz, latin and pop such as the Gotan Project, Zucchero, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Line Kruse, Miguel "Angà" Diaz, and Raul Paz amongst many others.

Watch the making of Dancing on Air:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=frd97rTi4J0

http://www.linekruse.com/

 

Maren Selvaag Trio (NO)

 Embassy of Sweden/House of Sweden Wednesday 26th, 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 


Band 
Maren Selvaag – piano, compositions

Eivind Opsvik – double bass 

Eric McPherson – drums

Bio
Maren M. Selvaag is a pianist and composer of jazz, creative and improvisational music based in New York City. Her style of composing and her playing shows a grand palette of expression, emotion and original identity. Her music is positive and playful, many­layered and with a strong sense of melody. Selvaag keeps the listener curious to what comes next, and the music is never boring. 

She is currently completing her graduate degree in performing jazz piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music while living in New York City. In 2011 she released her debut album “Raise the Curtain” with the international composers collective Sound Circus. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Maren is the co­leader of the International Network of Female Instrumentalists (INFI), an organization that strives to inspire, recruit and support more women becoming professional instrumentalists. INFI has started a school in Mamelodi, South Africa, organized summer camps in Norway and Sweden, and been on tour promoting women’s freedom in northeast India. www.inficamp.no 

In the spring of 2010 she graduated her bachelor in performing jazz from Jazzlinja at the University of Trondheim,  NTNU, Norway.  She received excellent critics, especially for her original style of composing. Maren has played concerts in Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Latvia, Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, USA, South Africa and India. She has played at festivals and clubs all over Norway. 

In 2007 she was granted Dølajazz Lillehammer Jazz festival’s talent prize that gave her the opportunity to play with saxophone player Karl Seglem and drummer Erland Dahlen in the 2009 edition of the festival. Jazznytt, Dagsavisen, Danish Jazz Special and English Jazzwise magazine all mentioned this concert as one of the festival highlights.

www.marenselvaag.com

 

Soren Moller's Lines of Progression (DK)

Twins Jazz, Thursday 27th, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.  

Embassy of Sweden/House of Sweden, Wednesday 26th, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m


As a collaboration across the Atlantic, Lines of Progression presents the best of two worlds: A Scandinavian sense of lyric melodies and impressionistic moods, blended with New York energy and pulse. This quartet draws on inspirations from the jazz tradition to
modern day indie rock and classical minimalism. The music is served with an open mind and an engaging attitude.

Bio
Based in New York, Danish pianist and composer Soren Moller has managed to hand pick one of Denmark’s finest saxophone players in Jesper Loevdal, a leading force on the Danish jazz scene and some of New York’s most talented musicians in Greg Ritchie on the drums and Loren Stillman on the saxophone. Hailed by American magazine All About Jazz as “as close to perfect as it gets” and “a must have release” by Jazz Chicago, Danish pianist and composer Soren Moller continues to explore the boundaries between jazz, classical minimalism and indie rock in a variety of ensembles from big band to chamber orchestras. Since arriving in New York in 2002 to study towards his Masters Degree at Manhattan School of Music, Soren Moller has received rave reviews leading ensembles including acclaimed musicians such as Jason Marsalis, Antonio Sanchez, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joel Frahm, Ari Hoenig and performed at established venues in New York including the Carnegie Hall. Lines of Progression is looking forward to meet their audience at the Nordic Jazz Festival in Washington DC.

Band 
Loren Stillman - sax
Jesper Loevdal - sax
Greg Ritchie - drums
Soren Moller - organ

www.sorenmoller.com

 

Tómas R. Einarsson Trio (ICE)

Twins Jazz, Friday 21st, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Embassy of Sweden/House of Sweden, Wednesday 26th, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

About Tómas R. Einarsson
Tómas R. Einarsson was born March 25th, 1953, in Blönduós, Iceland. He bought his first double-bass in 1979, a year before he finished his studies at the University of Iceland (BA degree in History and Spanish). The music took over and he studied with Jón Sigurðsson, 1st bassist in the Icelandic Symphonic Orchestra (1980-83), and Johan Poulsen, 1st bassist Royal Copenhagen Opera (1983-84). He was a student at the FIH Music School of Reykjavik and attended a summer course with the Danish/Congolese reedman John Tchicai in 1984. By then he was already playing with the veterans of Icelandic jazz, as well as accompanying visiting guests (he has played with a.o. Chet Baker, Kenny Drew, Ernie Wilkins, Ted Daniel, John Tchicai, Doug Raney, Bent Jaedig, Richard Boone, Jesper Thilo, Tommy Smith, Mark Levine, Guy Barker and Charles McPherson). His first composition on record appeared on the LP Kvölda tekur in 1982, with Nýja Kompaníið, a group of young jazz musicians that played original music. He wrote most of the compositions on the LP Þessi ófétis jazz (1985), and has since been active as a composer as well as a bassist.

Besides his 16 records as a leader or co-leader, Einarsson has written music to movies and TV films, as well as directing and writing the manuscript of a documentary film on the writer Guðbergur Bergsson, one of the most controversial figures in Icelandic literature in the last four decades. In 2011 Einarsson wrote music to "Anti American wins Nobel", a documentary film on the Icelandic writer and Nobel prize winner Halldór Laxness, directed by Halldór Þorgeirsson.

He is a member of the Reykjavik Jazz Quartet, which was very active in the early nineties; playing jazz festivals in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Scotland and England, where the group also played for a week in the Ronnie Scott´s club in London. A selection of the program (including two of Einarsson´s compositions) was released in England 1994 by the club´s label, Jazz House. Einarsson was the bassist in The Ólafur Stephensen Trio, a piano trio that made three CD´s in the nineties and performed in various countries, including Greenland, Canada, the USA, Argentina, Malaysia, Thailand (where the trio played at the famous Oriental hotel in Bangkok) and in Chile, where they played at South-America´s oldest jazz club in Santiago de Chile.

Einarsson´s first Latin jazz record was Kúbanska (2002). It was well received in Iceland and American critics had praise for the music: “It´s a funny thing, all of this Latin Jazz coming from such remote places. But when it´s played that well, who cares?” (C. Michael Bailey: All About Jazz). In 2003 he went to Cuba to record the CD Havana, which had a great success and received two prizes at the Icelandic Music Awards. Einarsson´s third Latin CD was Romm Tomm Tomm, recorded in 2006 in Reykjavik and in Havana´s EGREM studios, with 14 musicians. It was welcomed in Iceland by both critics and record-buyers; the Cuban critic Ricardo Alonso Venereo praised the energy and the supreme skill of the musicians (El Habanero 21/11 2006) and Peter Watrous, a critic of jazz and Latin music in the New York Times, called it “a beautiful, weird hybrid out of the Cuban diaspora.” (Descarga.com 6/2 2007).

When Putumayo World Music released its first Latin Jazz CD they included Rumdrum from Einarsson´s Havana CD. The Icelandic bassist is the only European representative and the company could not be more exclusive; Tito Puente, Machito, Ray Barretto etc. When the Putumayo company released a 15 years anniversary music sampler in 2008 (P994-SL), Einarsson´s Rumdrum was one of the 15 tunes that represented “15 years of the best music from around the world.”

The Colombian DJ El Chino included Jam from Einarsson´s Romm Tomm Tomm in his first selection of Latin music around the world (Solar Latin Club Vol. 1), released in 2007, and in his second selection (Solar Latin Club Vol. 2), released in 2010, he included Alls óvænt from Einarsson´s Trúnó CD.

Einarsson has played and toured extensively with his Latin group, performing at festivals and clubs in Iceland, Faroe Islands, Norway, Russia, Germany, Romania and Cuba.

Einarsson´s Latin music (plus tunes from his earlier records) was arranged for big band by Icelandic trombonist/arranger Samúel J. Samúelsson in 2004 and performed by a 14 piece band at the Reykjavik Art Festival the same year. A recording from the two concerts was released, Dance you idiot! It won all the three awards in the jazz category of the Icelandic Music Awards 2004. In 2007 DJ´s from Iceland, France, Germany, USA and England remixed ten tracks from his first three Latin CD´s and the result was Rommtommtechno, produced by President Bongo from the Icelandic band GusGus. The TRÚNÓ CD in 2008 was a result of Einarsson´s collaboration with two of Iceland´s most popular singers, Ragnheiður Gröndal and Mugison.

Einarsson released two CD´s in 2009: LIVE! with recordings from concerts in Reykjavik, Moscow and Havana, and Reykjavik-Havana, a 4 CD collection including Kúbanska, Havana, Romm Tomm Tomm and Live! Strengur, a project for double-bass, percussion, water sounds and videos, was premiered at the Reykjavik Arts Festival 2011 and released on CD and DVD the same year.

The major part of Einarsson´s more than 160 compositions is to be found on his own records, that he made with fellow Icelandic musicians, inviting foreign musicians to record with him once in a while; the American trombonist/vocalist Frank Lacy (Journey to Iceland, Landsýn), the French bandoneón player Olivier Manoury (Á góðum degi) and two Danes; the trumpeter Jens Winther (Hinsegin blús, Nýr tónn, Undir 4) and the guitarist Jacob Fischer (Á góðum degi). His music is nevertheless also to be found on other records, like the singer Mugison´s Haglél (MUG 009), the pianist Gunnar Gunnarsson´s STEF (DIM 7), HÚM (DIM 18) and HRÍM (DIM 37), Icelandic Jazz Favourites (IT 038), the singer Jóhanna V. Þórhallsdóttir´s Flauelsmjúkar hendur (Valgardi 001) and Lágnætti (Valgardi 002), the Latin-group Six-Pack Latino´s Björt mey og mambó (MM 017), and the Faroese bass-player/composer Edward Nyholm Debess´ Debazz (HJF 79). Recording sessions with others include Bubbi/Megas (Bláir draumar), Bubbi Morthens (Í skugga Morthens, Hvíta hliðin á svörtu), Megas (Loftmynd), Ellen Kristjánsdóttir (Læðist um), Björn Thoroddsen (Jazz Guitar), Árni Heiðar Karlsson (Q), Páll Torfi Önundarson (Timbúktú, Jazzskotin), Egill B. Hreinsson (Og steinar tali...) and Anna Pálína/Aðalsteinn Ásberg (Á einu máli).

Besides Icelandic reference-books, Tómas R. Einarsson is included in the following works: Dictionary of Icelandic Composers by Marek Podhajski (Warsaw, Poland 1997), Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler (Oxford University Press, New York, USA 1999) and Politikens JazzLeksikon, by Peter H. Larsen and Thorbjörn Sjögren (Copenhagen 2003).







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