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.
June 4, 2012 11:49 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (1)
April 27, 2012 11:13 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
Tags: jazz ahead
I just returned from Bremen where I attended the JazzAhead conference for the second time. Last year I almost canceled last minute then almost didn't get there because of a row of canceled flights. Well this time it was a smooth journey and it didn't hurt to have my trio with me. At first I was a bit overwhelmed at the conference. I didn't have a plan and I asked myself "What am I doing here?" Then I started seeing familiar faces and …oh my, tapas at the cafeteria! Oh yes! (read more…)
January 12, 2012 3:01 pm | Filed under: Music,Road Stories | Comments (2)
Tags: Jazzkeller Frankfurt, Oskar Gudjonsson, Scott McLemore, Þorgrímur Jónsson
Last September I headed over to Germany with my quartet for some gigs. We landed in Frankfurt and when we stepped off the plane we saw a suitcase fall from the luggage compartment and hit the pavement. We made some jokes about it then went inside to wait for our luggage. After waiting for a while and a bit longer than that we started sharing lost luggage stories and instrument related mishaps. We were quite relieved when our luggage including the double bass finally showed up. The bass was in an over sized flight case which we had to store at the airport. When we opened the case Toggi, the bassist, almost fell on the floor crying, (read more…)
December 14, 2011 10:08 am | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
Tags: albums, All About Jazz, Jon Wertheim, Long Pair Bond
I'm just smiling inside and out. My new album "Long Pair Bond" is out and I am getting great feedback from reviewers and listeners. I especially love all the personal notes that people are sending me through various social media sites. I know that if someone takes the time to sit down and write me a note that they really mean what they say.
The title track is available at AllAboutJazz as a free download and an editor left the following comment:
"Wow, wow, WOW! So damn pretty. This song has the restrained ambiance of a typical ECM-label piano trio, but with the buoyant soulfulness that makes Keith Jarrett's 70's American Quartet such a joy to listen to. Highly recommended."
How awesome is that? Or this one by Jon Wertheim:
“Too much spaciness can wreck a good album, and too much earth can, too. Long Pair Bond gets pretty darn close to the perfect balance.” – Adevout Musician
These comments make me feel good. Releasing a CD is a long road with a lot of work so knowing that your work is appreciated by someone out there is very valuable and encouraging.
If you would like to buy "Long Pair Bond" directly from me and you live in Iceland leave a comment or send me an email (my address is in the far right column), if you live outside of Iceland you can order it from my shop. If you like it gift-wrapped and sent directly to the recipient drop me a note. (I ship from USA for USA customers and from Iceland to European customers).
Have a listen:
October 22, 2011 2:39 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
Tags: albums, kickstarter, Long Pair Bond, Scott McLemore, Þorgrímur Jónsson
A new blogpost has been due for a long time. I do have a very good excuse for my absence. I've been putting together a new CD release with my trio and yesterday I launched a campaign on Kickstarter. Yay! (read more…)
September 14, 2011 12:49 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
Tags: Austria, Germany, Reykjavik, Touring
I'm very excited to be playing 7 concerts with my quartet in the next 10 days. On Friday we will give a concert at the beautiful Tjodmenningarhus in Reykjavik and on Tuesday we fly to Frankfurt and play that night at Europe's oldest jazz club Jazzkeller. After that we will make stops in Passau, Vorchdorf (Austria), Backnang, Mainz and Pfaffenhofen Ilm. (read more…)
July 26, 2011 11:47 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
Tags: performance, promotion, The Dream
A few months ago I wrote a blogpost about Planting a Thousand Seeds to grow ten trees, well I am excited to tell you that the trees are growing. I've managed to fill in my mini tour of Europe in September so my quartet now has 5 consecutive concerts. My trio, which just finished recording new material for a CD due out in the fall, will be performing the opening night of the Reykjavik Jazz Festival on August 20th. (read more…)
June 21, 2011 2:24 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
The last incarnation of my American quartet was actually half Scandinavian. The bassist Eivind Opsvik is from Norway but like myself at that time had been living in New York for a number of years. (read more…)
February 24, 2011 11:47 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (3)
Tags: booking, feedback, promotion
I read somewhere that you need to plant a 1,000 seeds to grow 10 trees. I feel that it describes exactly what I am doing these days and it's a lot of work, hence the lack of blogposts lately.
What kind of trees am I hoping to grow? (read more…)
February 3, 2011 10:42 am | Filed under: Music | Comments (3)
Tags: Concerto, The Dream
Life is full of surprises isn't it? We jazz musicians try to get our albums reviewed and most reviewers receive more albums than they can cover so I feel very fortunate when someone picks mine to review. You can imagine how I felt double fortunate when two Austrian critics emailed me to inform me that they had reviewed "The Dream". The only problem was that both of them had written the review for the February issue of Concerto. (read more…)