In Iceland it is a rare thing for a jazz group to get the opportunity to play the same program 5 times in two weeks, especially when it's original music. This is mainly due to the fact that there is a pretty small audience for jazz, and there are very few people here in general (only 2.7 per square kilometer, to be exact) and they're concentrated mostly at the south and north of the island, which means you kind of have to get on an airplane to do it.
But we did it! And here is the first of a series of videos from the trip I'll be posting. It's the title track from our album Distilled. This is from the 2nd concert at Hannesarholt in Reykjavik.
A big thanks goes out to Reykjavik Distillery who contributed a tasting of their Crowberry schnapps to each of the concerts.
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…)
Couple of weeks ago I posted my thoughts on being a jazz musician in Brooklyn vs Reykjavik. (Read it here) I pretty much came to the conclusion that Reykjavik is better… for me. Someone suggested that it was more about adult responsibilities than location. She is absolutely right.
Brooklyn was awesome for me as a young musician with no responsibilities really other than to myself. I could play sessions every day, soak in the live music at night and wasn't too concerned with the "quality" of life. (read more…)
Yesterday while being interviewed by a Swedish radio host I was asked what I thought was the difference between being a jazz musician in New York and in Reykjavik. The first thing that came to mind is that when I was living in New York music was number 1, 2 and 3… and 4 and 5. There was nothing else. The same went for my friends really. Hardly anybody had kids so we would stay up late listening to music, attending gigs and then sleep as late as you want. Take it easy, have breakfast, practice and write music. It was unheard of to do sessions or rehearsals in the mornings. 11am was the earliest and only agreeable if absolutely necessary. Kids change everything. (read more…)