Sigmar Matthiasson is a man of many names but the one most fitting is the Bass Viking. His sound is best described as a magnificent blend of hardcore groove and colorful melodies with influences ranging from Megadeth and Led Zeppelin to Jaco Pastorius and Ray Brown.
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sigmar started playing bass around the age of 16. He was first introduced to jazz when studying at the F.I.H. School of Music where he graduated from in 2012. Later on Sigmar furthered his jazz studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he studied with Jeff Carney, Reggie Workman and Hal Galper among others. He graduated with honors in the spring of 2016.
Sigmar has been an active performer on the Icelandic music scene for several years, performing and/or recording with many of the most in-demand pop and jazz musicians in Iceland. In addition Matthiasson has performed at many international festivals, including Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway, Jazz Finland Festival in Helsinki, Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Nordic Jazz Festival in Washington DC and Reykjavík Jazz Festival in Iceland.
His most recent solo project is ÁRÓRA that plays Matthiasson’s original compositions. In 2014 Áróra performed at the Reykjavik Jazz Festival in Iceland and the Young Nordic Jazz Comets showcase in Helsinki, Finland. In 2018 the group recorded it's debut album at Sigurros' legendary studio Sundlaugin. The album, entitled ÁRÓRA, will be released on September 7th 2018.
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