I'm heading to the airport to pick up Maarten Ornstein, the saxophonist from Holland who will be performing a couple of duo concerts with me on the Reykjavik Jazz Festival this week.
Maarten's influences contain a great blend of traditional and ethnic music and I'm looking forward to exploring some different music with him.
We are planning on playing some originals, Monk, Frisell, the Beatles and some Turkish tunes and who knows what else.
Friday 14.8 at Reykjavik Jazzfest, Hannesarholt at 9pm.
Saturday 15.8 Bryggjan in Grindavík at 12 noon.
We will also play a little for the opening ceremony on Thursday at 7pm.
Tomorrow, Sunday March 24th, my trio will be playing a Virtual House Concert as a part a 24 hour worldwide music fest to commemorate Tuberculosis Day. We go on at 16:30 GMT. This is pretty cool! We'll be playing in Iceland, the sound technicians are mixing from Italy and you'll be listening from wherever you are. Please check the extensive schedule of performers and join us by visiting StazionediTopolo.
Toot, toot. My trio has been selected the Official Band of Reykjavik 2013! We are incredibly proud and appreciative of this recognition.
We are working on a new album, heading over to the USA soon for some concerts and life is just dandy.
I am so flattered, honored, grateful and almost speechless for all the kudos coming my way. The value of "words" is incredible.
Yesterday I started thinking back to when my band was stranded outside Detroit (read more…)
Do you have a favorite Christmas tune? I have had the same favorite Christmas tune since I was a little kid and now I sing it every day with my two little girls. In Icelandic it is called "Í skóginum stóð kofi einn" which translates to "In the forest there was a cabin". I played it on my piano this morning and posted it on my Facebook fansite. A twitter buddy commented on it resembling a British tune "In a cottage in a wood". I looked it up and found the English lyrics:
In a cottage in a wood
Little old man at the window stood,
Saw a rabbit running by
Frightened as could be.
"Help me, help me, help," she said,
"Before the huntsman shoots me dead."
"Come, little rabbit, come with me,
Happy we will be."
The Icelandic lyrics are basically the same except that Santa Claus takes the place of the old man and that's what makes it a Christmas tune here in Iceland. So it is probably British in origin. Anyway, a beautiful tune. I hope you enjoy the video and wish you Happy Holidays.
With one solo performance under my belt (my solo debut on the Reykjavik Jazz Festival last month), I was invited to perform solo piano during a lunch break at the international music conference You Are In Control. It was definitely interesting to perform my compositions sort of as a cocktail pianist, with movie directors and music industry people networking and chatting all around, wondering if I was too loud or maybe not being heard. It wasn't a concert but not just for ambiance either. It remains to be seen if I actually reached any ears.
I attended some of the workshops and lectures being offered, in search of inspiration or ideas to reach a wider audience. Máni Svavarsson, composer for TV show Lazytown; Ralph Simon, head of London based Mobilium Advisory Group; and Sigurjon Sighvatsson, producer and owner of Palomar Pictures all talked about one having to believe in oneself. (I must mention that I got a kick out of how Simon kept pronouncing Máni's name "money." He is, after all, the composer bringing in the most royalties in Iceland.) Alicen Schneider, NBC gave insights into how music is selected for scenes on TV shows (so of course, I handed her a couple of CDs and said that Heros needed Icelandic jazz), and listening to Hampus Kivimae, Sony/ATV Publishing Scandinavia made me rethink whether I should get a publisher. (read more…)
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