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Joel Palsson


Jóel Pálsson studied clarinet from age 8, but turned to the tenor saxophone and jazz studies at 15. After finishing music school in Iceland he enrolled Berklee College of Music in Boston from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1994. He has performed in concerts and festivals in Europe, USA, Canada and China and appeared on over 150 albums with various artists and groups. Jóel has recorded five CD's with his own compositions. His music often mirrors his diversity as a performer, combining improvisation and written parts influenced by different musical styles such as church music, rock, free improvisation, funk and folk music. Jóel is a regular member of the Reykjavik Big Band and jazz group Annes. Besides musical activities, Jóel is the founder and co-owner of Icelandic design label Farmers Market - Iceland (www.farmersmarket.is), as well as running his own record label Flugur. Discography: As a leader: • Prím (Naxos 2000) • Klif (Omi 2001) • Septett (Omi 2002) • Varp (Flugur 2006) • Horn (Flugur 2010)
 Duo projects: • Skuggsjá - with pianist Eythor Gunnarsson – (Flugur 2004) • Stikur - for 2 woodwinds, with Sigurður Flosason (Bad Taste 2003)
 With ANNES: • Annes – (Flugur 2015)
 With the Reykjavík Big Band: • Innri – (Flugur 2015)


Article: Album Review

Sigmar Matthíasson: Arora

Read "Arora" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Now working and studying in New York, Icelandic bassist/composer Sigmar Matthiasson crossed the cold Atlantic with the groundbreaking sounds of Jaco Pastorius, Led Zeppelin, Reggie Workman, Ron Carter, and Scott LaFaro in his head and dreams. It's no wonder that Matthíasson's lyrical and eminently likable debut recording exhibits such a classic American feel. From ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Tjorn; Innri; Stuktur; Tusk; Yggur; Kellir; Surta; Kvabb; Hum; Hotel Bristol.


Article: Album Review

The Reykjavik Big Band: Innri

Read "Innri" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Speaking of cool jazz . . . It doesn't get much cooler than Iceland, where the remarkably talented Reyjkavik Big Band makes its home. According to the most recent available evidence, Innri is either the fifth or sixth album recorded by the RBB, which was formed in 1992 and is composed of professional ...



Label: Flugur
Released: 2015


Article: Extended Analysis

Einar Scheving: Land Mins Fodur

Read "Einar Scheving: Land Mins Fodur" reviewed by Alex Franquelli

It is jazz, all right. But it is that kind of jazz that manages to flow in a natural, effortless way. The rigid canons of composition are refined by a clever approach to folk music, which in Land Míns Föður (The Land of My Father) ceases to be a mere echo in an otherwise contemporary context ...



Label: Unknown label
Released: 2012
Track listing: Stigmal; Frahvorf; Keilir; Tjorn; Tusk; Þel; Tog; Pigs in Space; Bislag.


Article: Album Review

Joel Palsson: Horn

Read "Horn" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A 21st Century jazz aficionado really shouldn't be surprised about where his/her jazz is coming from. That said, the whole concept of an Icelandic jazz scene may well bring a wry smile. Known primarily for innovative rockers Björk and Sigur Rós, and smooth jazzers Mezzoforte, the volcanic island nation has also borne innovative jazz artists such ...



Label: Unknown label
Released: 2010



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2007
Track listing: Innri; Andr


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