Sunna Gunnlaugs

Icelandic Roundabout

September 19, 2013 12:36 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)

It's been quite a while since I've performed in Akureyri and even longer since I was in Ísafjörður (with the MIndful quartet!), so it's with much excitement that I announce Icelandic tour dates for my trio.

These are all in celebration of the release of our new album Distilled, which in the last couple of weeks has received glowing reviews in Japan, Denmark, Norway, Italy, the UK, USA, Belgium and Austria. It was also featured on BBC3 and ABC radio in Australia. G'day!

It will kick off in Reykjavik at Hannesarholt, on one of the most beautiful sounding pianos in Iceland. It only seats about 80 people, so we decided to do two concerts there. Also, that way I get to play the piano twice!

Hope to see you there!

Sep. 26 Reykjavik, Iceland Hannesarholt 8pm

Sep. 27 Reykjavik, Iceland Hannesarholt 8pm

Sep. 29 Grindavik, Iceland Bryggjan

Oct. 2 Akureyri, Iceland Hof 8pm

Oct. 3 Isafjörður, Iceland Edinborgarhúsið 8pm

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.



August 6, 2013 10:36 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
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The new album is officially released now, and it's already received some flattering reviews. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“probably the brightest of all her releases to date."
— Stephan Moore, JazzWrap

“This could have been mistaken for not only an ECM record, but a very good ECM record."
— S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

“It explores a melodic landscape where folk-like melodies and motifs shift in a manner reminiscent of Keith Jarrett’s albums made in the 1970’s."
— Tim Niland, Music and More

Momento, the opening track from Distilled is being played on the BBC 3 tonight on their Late Junction show, and I can only hope that this is the beginning of another warm reception. We were very lucky with the attention our last trio album received, but you never know how these things will go.

Distilled, My New Album is Available for Pre-order

July 1, 2013 10:27 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)

After I released Long Pair Bond on 11/11/11, the obvious thing to do would be to release the follow-up trio album on 12/12/12, but we missed that date. It was too close to Christmas anyway. And since there is no 13/13/13 (thank goodness!), Distilled will be released on my wedding anniversary 7/19/13, and it is available for pre-order as of today!

For now, Distilled is only available directly from me via Bandcamp. Both the CD and the download are available for pre-order… and CDs come with a download. When you place your order you will be allowed to download the sample-track only. On the release date (7/19/13) CDs will be mailed out and everyone will be emailed a link to download the album.

In many ways this is a continuation of my last album, Long Pair Bond, which features the same trio: Þorgrímur Jónsson on bass and Scott McLemore on drums. The album consists of 4 of my compositions, 3 by Þorgrímur, 2 by Scott and 1 Paul Motian composition. Plus there are a couple of "Spins" (improvised pieces) which is sort of a continuation from my album The Dream.

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to develop this material in front of wonderful audiences over the past year. Two of the concerts on the west coast were recorded and broadcast, and I'm hoping to post these recordings to give a point of reference for how some tunes mature.

Thanks everyone for listening.

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

Concerts at the Kennedy Center and UVA

March 6, 2013 9:44 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (2)
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Brrr! We got clobbered with snow in Iceland today and I was hoping to escape it to warm, sunny Washington DC, but it's just as bad there now! Hopefully it won't interfere with our travels.

We were so excited to get the call to be included on the Kennedy Center's Nordic Cool festival, and now to be able to go as the official band of Reykjavik is quite an honor. It's only March and it's already been a heck of a year. We're looking forward to recording another trio album when we get back, but for now please come see us Friday in Washington DC and/or Saturday in Charlottesville if you have skis or a toboggan. Details are here.

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.

Touring the US part 2

July 11, 2012 3:45 pm | Filed under: Music,Road Stories | Comments (0)
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Click here to read Part One

19 Eugene OR
We served ourselves some lovely mix of avocado, berries and cacao nibs for breakfast. It beats "Awful" House. Tweeted out a call for a recommendations for the best coffee house in Eureka but with no reply defaulted to Starbucks. Toggi in Eureka, CAThe old houses in Eureka are amazing. We were sure the Adam's family originated in one of them. Scott drove and the bambi-watch had ended and the elk-watch begun.

Driving up the coastline to Crescent City I wasn't sure if I was more blown away by Bud Powell's solo break on Celia, the totally killing chocolates by Michael Mischer that our friend Artemis brought to our Berkeley gig, the waves of the Pacific Ocean, the elks chillin' by the road or the size of the Redwood Trees. I think Paul McCartney must have been driving this way when he wrote The Long and Winding Road. (read more…)

Touring the US part 1

June 26, 2012 12:34 pm | Filed under: Music,Road Stories | Comments (3)

Hi everybody,

Our tour of the US is going great. We've been so busy that we haven't had a moment to post updates but here are the 1st 3 days.

16 Berkeley CA
Scott had forgotten his shoes in VA so the first order of business was to hunt down a Camper store and get the boy some shoes. We took the bus in and felt like we were in China. The bus reeked of ammonia and people were covering their face with their hands and clothes. Toggi and Scott get CamperedLooking around I noticed a homeless guy who looked like someone had puked over his hair. The bus driver eventually kicked him off. A brutal reminder that some people are less fortunate than others. The guys got all shoed up at the camper store and we're going to petition for a "camper tour support." (read more…)

Pre-tour Madness, YouTube Flattery

June 4, 2012 11:49 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (1)

Things are crazy busy. I'm preparing like a maniac for our 2 week bi-coastal tour of the US and there are just not enough hours in the day. It is funny to think back to some of the hurdles we had to overcome in the past when touring. Like when the bass broke, or when FedEx operator thought Luxemburg was a city in the country of Europe, or when we drove all the way from New York to Detroit and had to turnaround because of the Northeast Blackout of 2003. Well, in the midst of all the craziness of booking last minute gigs, flights, rental cars and radio interviews it's a pleasant surprise to see a video of one of our tunes created by a listener up on You Tube.

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