Sunna Gunnlaugs

Who Needs a Label? I've Got You Babe!

November 3, 2010 11:44 am | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
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So here I am sitting at my computer in Iceland (instead of the piano) in an effort to reach jazz listeners worldwide. I do enjoy it… that is, the feedback I get from people all over the world. It is thrilling to think that people of so many different cultures enjoy my music.

But how did that happen? Historically, an artist would hope to get signed by a reputable label who would then buy ads, wine and dine distributors and generally grease the wheels to get their artist known. (read more…)

Suggest a Tune for My Trio.

September 8, 2010 11:34 am | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
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Last week I posted a contest on my page on facebook, asking people to guess the name of a tune in a picture of a chart I had written. I am happy to announce that we have three winners, from three different countries (wonders of the internet), although two of them might have cheated a bit… but they're forgiven. (read more…)

So I Gave My Music Away for Free

December 22, 2009 12:07 am | Filed under: Music | Comments (3)
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As some of you hopefully noticed, I had a 3 day Holiday Special where I made my albums available for a free download. This was the first time I've done this and the experience was exhilarating. I posted the sale on Facebook, sent it out in my newsletter (a ha, a good reason to subscribe), wrote a blogpost here, created a news announcement on All About Jazz and tweeted it. This was definitely a lot of fun.

On Twitter the news got out fast and it was great to see how my shouts were retweeted and re-retweeted (is that a word?) by various people. After I posted it on All About Jazz (read more…)

A Duo Gig and a New Composition

November 2, 2009 10:37 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
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This is just a short little note to announce that I will be performing in a duo setting with guitarist  Andres Thor, Wednesday November 6th. We are doing a 30 minute lunch hour concert at the Nordic House in Reykjavik, as a part of a concert series organized by the University of Iceland. Show time is at 12:30pm. We will be premiering two tunes. One is a composition of mine that has been given the title "Long Pair Bond". The title was suggested to me on Facebook and you can read all about it in my previous post Name That Tune…My Listeners Did.

I was very much inspired by the submissions and wrote a new tune last Friday that I call "Autumnalia". That title was suggested by Michael Paul Pavlic. Thank you Michael. You can see a video of me playing it on Facebook.

Name that Tune… My Listeners Did.

October 27, 2009 11:02 am | Filed under: Music | Comments (24)
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I did a little experiment on my facebook fanpage last week. I posted a home video of myself playing a composition that I will premier next week and needed a title for. I was really just looking for a title, but when people started to submit their suggestions I realized that everyone was expressing how the tune made them feel. To me that was really neat. I rarely get such direct feedback from listeners. Most of the suggestions had a commonality and many referenced the season. It would be interesting to see how that would change if I had done this in summer. I got so many great suggestions that I really would like to write music with those titles in mind, if there are no objections. (read more…)