Sunna Gunnlaugs

A Few Trees Growing

July 26, 2011 11:47 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
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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…)

Planting A Thousand Seeds

February 24, 2011 11:47 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (3)
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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…)

Make an Album with Me.

May 16, 2010 11:06 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
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I am totally thrilled to be about to release a new album called 'The Dream.' It was recorded in New York last year and features Loren Stillman on sax, Eivind Opsvik on bass and Scott McLemore on drums. I have launched a very exciting project that I am calling "Making The Dream a Reality". I am inviting people to participate in the stages preceding the actual release which is scheduled on June 17th (Iceland's Independence Day). I have set up a page on kickstarter.com which is a funding tool for creative projects. Anyone with an amazon account can pledge an amount to pre-purchase the CD, receive unique rewards and help me pay the bills.

The most basic reward is downloading the CD (in any format) while I think the most extravagant ones might be commissioning a youtube video cover of any tune, or hosting a house concert. I am also offering a photo diary w/ CD featuring select live tracks from this year's performances. (read more…)

The Intrigue of Jazz Division

November 18, 2009 10:41 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
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Lately, I have had the good fortune of being featured on other people's blogs. Trumpeter Jason Parker from Seattle is an active blogger who features other musicians every Friday and calls it Makin' it Happen. Well last Friday he was kind enough to feature yours truly, which you can read here.

Slightly further to the north, Ottawa-based reviewer Peter Hum just posted a review of my album "Songs from Iceland" on his jazzblog.ca where he calls it "… a warm, satisfying blend of rigor and freedom." You can read that here and leave comments too.

Interestingly both Parker and Hum bring up my catchphrase "bridging the Brooklyn-Reykjavik jazz divide with European elegance and a fiery New York drive." This was actually a homework assignment for a course I took (read more…)