Sunna Gunnlaugs

Reykjavik Jazz Festival

August 18, 2014 2:45 pm | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments (0)

A last minute shout out to ya all. We just returned from Berjadagar in the northern part of Iceland and tonight we are playing at Harpa Concert Hall, as part of the Reykjavik Jazz Festival!

Photographer Daniel Sheehan posted some great pics from our concert at the Seattle Art Museum on his blog. Check out Eye Shot Jazz

Duo in Amsterdam, Trio in US/Canada

July 27, 2014 7:11 pm | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments (0)

The trio has just returned from a fabulous tour of the US and one splendid concert in Canada. I've just posted pictures from the tour to our page on Facebook which can be viewed here. Toggi had special ordered a travel bass for this tour  which turned out to be great. It has a removable neck which should make our future travels a bit easier.

As some of you may already know I had a great time in Amsterdam last May with bass clarinetist Maarten Ornstein. We got 4 stars in the newspaper Parool. Yay! He has now posted some videos from our performance at Splendor on YouTube. Please view them often and share with the world :)

This is my composition Tear (as in wear):

In August my trio will perform at Berjadagar Art Fest in Olafsfjordur and the Reykjavik Jazzfestival.

The Dutch Connection

August 14, 2013 3:16 pm | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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.

Details: http://reykjavikjazz.is/dagskra-events/

A Virtual House Concert!

March 23, 2013 3:01 pm | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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.

Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio at home

Official Band of Reykjavik

January 31, 2013 10:22 am | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments (2)

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.

The Power of Words

September 16, 2010 11:24 am | Filed under: Music,Uncategorized | Comments (1)

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…)

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2009 1:14 am | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments (2)

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.

You Are In Control

September 25, 2009 1:12 am | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments (4)

Sunna Gunnlaugs performing at the You Are In Control conference in Reykjavik, Iceland.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…)

I have a blog

September 9, 2009 11:16 pm | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments (1)

This is the very first post in my new blog. I hope that it will become an enjoyable way to communicate with people around the world. So if you are reading this please leave a comment. I intend to write about things I like such as jazz (duh), food and I guess what ever is interesting to me at the moment.

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