Jazzfestival Reykjavík

Gestern begann das 18. Jazz-Festival Reykjavik, das mittlerweile Kultstatus erreicht hat. Renommierte Jazzmusiker aus Island und dem Ausland verwandeln die Clubs und Bars in Reykjavik für drei Tage in einen Jazzmarathon.  

Aus Deutschland wird Jazzthetik über die lebendige Jazzszene in Island berichten. Nachfolgend Auszüge aus dem Programm und der Link mit allen Informationen rund um Jazz 2007 in Reykjavik.



 August 29TH - 1ST September 2007

 This 18th edition of the Reykjavik Jazz Festival will be held in the Icelandic capital between August 29th and September 1st, 2007. 


Artists scheduled to appear include:


Uri Caine

Cutting edge pianist/composer Uri Caine leads his trio (Drew Gress on bass and Ben Perowsky on drums) in a diverse performance based on the standards of jazz as well as original compositions. One of the most controversial jazz musician on the scene today, this opening show is not to be missed!

Austurbær, August 29th, 20.00



Jerry Bergonzi

Bergonzi is at the core of the italian tenor tradition.  No, not the singing kind but he is without doubt the tenorsaxophonist’s saxophonist.  Jerry Bergonzi is world renowned for being extremely well grounded in the whole of the jazz tradition. With a trio led by pianist Eythór Gunnarsson (of Mezzoforte fame) this is guaranteed to be an evening well spent.  Also Eythór’s trio will present songs from the well-known Icelandic standards repertoire – the music of Jón Múli Árnason – with singer Ellen Kristjánsdóttir and others.

Domo, August 29th and 30th, 22.00



Eivör Pálsdóttir and The Reykjavík Big Band

Faroese singing star Eivör Pálsdóttir is guaranteed to make a lasting impression on whoever gets within hearing distance. Her own haunting intensely melodic songs are arranged for big band and here performed by The Reykjavik Big Band. 

Austurbær, August 30th, 20.00



Songs of - and off - shores

Icelandic piano prodigy Agnar Már Magnússon leads a septet in new music deeply rooted in the icelandic tradition. The second half features Icelandic jazz diva Kritjana Stefánsdóttir for a duet from their extensive repertoire, including everything from up-beat swing and low-down dirty blues.

Idnó, August 30th, 21.00



Blue songs / blue shadows

Altosaxophonist/composer Sigurdur Flosason is one of Iceland’s most prominent jazz artists. Here he hosts an evening of his own compositions as presented on his new album Bláir Skuggar (Blue Shadows). His band is a regular League of Gentlemen - seasoned veterans of the Icelandic jazz scene.  Also Sigurdur will present never before heard songs performed by Egill Ólafsson and Ragnheidur Gröndal, with lyrics from Icelandic poet Adalsteinn Ásberg Sigurdsson.

Idnó, August 31st, 20.00



Guitarists of the North unite!

No it’s not a political demonstration, but some of Iceland’s foremost guitarists of the jazz and blues scene who will “lead together their horses “ (Icelandic expressions do not translate easily). Björn Thoroddsen is the man! With special guest, the American guitar legend Larry Coryell.

Gaukurinn august 31st at 22.00




If it be jazz?.!

You are all invited – free of charge – to meet some of Iceland’s finest jazz musicians at City Hall ( Rádhús Reykjavíkur ) for an afternoon of music and mingling.

We will be there from 13-16.00 with a new band every half hour.  Watch the web and/or your favourite publications for more info!!!

City Hall (Rádhús Reykjavíkur), September 1st, 13.00


The Virgin!

Pianoplayer Egill Benedikt Hreinsson will lead his quartet in standards and originals at restaurant Jómfrúin (The Virgin).  Egill is also an electrical engineer so this is pretty much guaranteed to be an electrifying experience.

The Virgin ( Jómfrúin ), September 1st, 15.00


Sam’s Place in Orbit.  Houston: There is no problem!

Funkmaster Uncle Sam (of icelandic band Jaguar ) leads an evening of funky good times, music and movement. Special guest include Sam’s Funk Big Band and Finlands own Jimi Tenor. Also on the bill are New York afrobeat masters ANTIBALAS.

It doesn't get any better than this!

Nasa, September 1st, 22.00




For more information on Reykjavik Jazz Festival, visit: http://www.jazz.is/

For more information on Icelandic music, visit: http://www.icelandicmusic.is


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