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Ingi Bjarni Skúlason

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Ingi Bjarni Skúlason is an Icelandic pianist/composer of considerable distinction and finesse, creatively seeking to shun boundaries in style or genre. He builds collaborations that challenge and excite, including projects with friends and colleagues in the Scandinavian countries he has lived in. His works are informed by jazz tradition, Nordic folksong and electronica. His own folk music of sorts.

His first two albums – Skarkali (2015) and Fundur (2018) – invited listeners into spacial freedom and vibrant expression of a piano trio. Tenging (2019) expands horizons further with a sparkling quintet (trumpet, guitar, piano, bass and drums). Lessons (2021) is a solo piano album with piano music in an undefined style. In the quintet album Farfuglar (2023), his quintet’s collective impressions of flight and abandon positively connect us with a panoply of atmospheres from which to soar in our imaginations.

Album

Fragile Magic

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2024
Track listing: Impulsive; Fragile Magic; Visan; Glimpse; Suburb; Úti á götu; Introduction; My Sleepless Nights in June; Einn, tveir, þrír

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Ingi Bjarni Skúlason: Farfuglar

Read "Farfuglar" reviewed by Chris May


Appropriately enough for an album on NXN, a subsidiary of classical label Naxos, which only relatively recently diversified into jazz, the Icelandic pianist Ingi Bjarni Skúlason's Farfuglar spans both traditions. Is it classical? Is it jazz? Both? Neither? Check the YouTube below and decide for yourself. Whatever it may be, Skúlason's music is ...

Album

Farfuglar

Label: NXN Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Þýðing, Bjögun á dögun, Það sem er, When Holiday Really Begins, Farfuglar, Knowing Without Knowing, Að fljúga, Loftin blá, Mamma engill.

Album

Lessons

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Imperfect; Skinn; Sense; Andrúm; Kynnast; In My Arms; Impulsive; Havneringen; Dilemma; Best Wishes.

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Ingi Bjarni: Lessons

Read "Lessons" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


In the very brief liner notes accompanying this solo debut record, the Icelandic pianist-composer Ingi Bjarni Skúlason talks about the difficult challenge it proved, to record and produce his piano music all by himself. With regard to the timing of the recording, he admits he does not believe there is ever a “right time" for doing ...

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Ingi Bjarni: Tenging

Read "Tenging" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Almost deliberately, Tenging doesn't make a terribly memorable impression at first. It is subtle enough not to stick in the listener's head and seems shorter than its respectable 42 minutes. This understated quintet recording is patient and quietly confident enough to exist in its own bubble. As it happens, that's exactly the point--Ingi Bjarni Skulason's approach ...

Album

Tenging

Label: Losen Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Já í dag; Kannski blús; Ballad for My Fearless Friend; Á sunnudegi; Tenging; Angurvært; Falin laglína; Ekki þjóðlag, ekki jazz.

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Ingi Bjarni Skúlason: Tenging

Read "Tenging" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Icelandic composer and pianist Ingi Bjarni Skúlason lived in Gotheburg, Copenhagen and Oslo while studying his Masters degree in composition. It is in these European cities where he met and performed with the musicians heard on this record. Jakob Eri Myhre and Merje Kägu join on trumpet and guitar with Daniel Andersson and Tore Ljøkelsøy forming ...

Album

Fundur

Label: Dot Time Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Fundur; Hlaupa burtu; Þóf; Snúður; S306; Trump Waltz; Sakna norðurljósa; Mars.


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