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Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Reykjavik Jazz Festival
Reykjavik, Iceland
September 5-9, 2018

Iceland has produced, and continues to produce, many outstanding artists--some of them world-famous, such as Björk, Múm, Sigur Rós, Ólafur Arnalds, Gus Gus, Emiliana Torrini, Of Monsters and Men--which is quite remarkable if one thinks that the country has less than 350,000 inhabitants. 130,000 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Reykjavik Jazz Festival
Reykjavik, Islanda
5-9.9.2018

L'Islanda ha prodotto, e produce, una grande quantità di artisti, alcuni dei quali molto conosciuti a livello internazionale come Björk, Múm, Sigur Ros, Ólafur Arnalds, Gus Gus, Emiliana Torrini, Of Monsters and Men... il che, a pensarci bene, ha dell'incredibile, se pensiamo che il ...

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36th International Tampere Jazz Happening

Read "36th International Tampere Jazz Happening" reviewed by John Ephland

36th International Tampere Jazz Happening
Tampere, Finland
November 2-5, 2017

They were the winner of this year's Europe Jazz Network (EJN) Award for Adventurous Programming. Receiving the award at April's jazzahead! conference in Bremen, Tampere Jazz Happening and Artistic Director Juhamatti Kauppinen celebrated what has become 35 years of top-drawer programming. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sunna Gunnlaugs: Distilled

Read "Distilled" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La scena musicale islandese non ha prodotto solo Björk, Sigur Rós e, per quanto riguarda il jazz, Mezzoforte e Skúli Sverrisson.
La pianista di questo trio, Sunna Gunnlaugs (il cognome per esteso è Gunnlaugsdóttir) è un'artista pregevole che ha vissuto negli anni Novanta a New York suonando con Drew Gress, Tony Malaby, Loren Stillman ...

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Andres Thor: Nordic Quartet

Read "Nordic Quartet" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Even though it is a small country, Iceland has produced many interesting jazz musicians. Among them, pianists Sunna Gunnlaugs and Eythor Gunnarsson, saxophonist Óscar Gudjónsson and bassist Skúli Sverrisson. Add to this list guitarist Andrés Thor.

As a musician, Thor has the distinctive lyrical beauty of many of his countrymen, but he is ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jakob Baekgaard’s Best Releases of 2013

Read "Jakob Baekgaard’s Best Releases of 2013" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

So much good music and so much to choose from. Every day provides the opportunity to hear something new or rediscover the magic in old tunes. The records on this list don't have much in common, except they all sound completely fresh and open and have their own take on what it means to create jazz ...

NEWS: CONTEST

Enter the "Sunna Gunnlaugs - Distilled" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

Enter the "Sunna Gunnlaugs - Distilled" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

All About Jazz members are invited to enter the “Sunna Gunnlaugs - Distilled“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on December 2nd. Click here to enter the contest

(Becoming a fan of Sunna Gunnlaugs at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.)

Good luck! About Distilled

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hristo Vitchev / Liubomia Krastev: Rhodopa

Read "Rhodopa" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

While jazz as an art form always moves forward, it is also tied to tradition and the music of the past. Many jazz musicians with European ties have found inspiration in the folk music of their country: Jan Johansson's Jazz på svenska, Dag Arnesen's Norwegian Song 1-3 and Sunna Gunnlaugs Songs from Iceland are some of ...

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Sunna Gunnlaugs: Distilled

Read "Distilled" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It is tempting to connect a musical aesthetic with a particular place. In fact, the whole idea of national music relies on the concept of an intrinsic national spirit, which creates an original musical expression. The only problem with a concept like national music is that it tends to pigeonhole musicians and create prejudice rather than ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio Releases "Distilled" on Sunny Sky Records

Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio Releases "Distilled" on Sunny Sky Records

Her last album Long Pair Bond received 5 stars from the Austrian jazz magazine Concerto, among other stellar reviews from around the world. Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs set high expectations for the follow-up trio recording, Distilled, which was just released on Sunny Sky Records. There have already been some initial reviews. Blogger Stephan Moore from Jazz Wrap ...