Óskar Guðjónsson

Born in 1974 and became a professional in 1991 and graduated from the Icelandic Music Association School of Music in 1997.

Óskar has over the last twenty years performed and recorded with a wide variety of Icelandic and international musicians and bands. Óskar has performed in over 350 international concerts in 40 countries in five continents. Óskar has recorded in all genres of music i.e. jazz, rock and roll, pop, classic, reggae, blues, disco and folk.

Óskar list of collaborators contains, among others Mezzoforte, Jim Black, Sören Dahl Jeppesen, Trygve Seim, Skúli Sverrisson, Sigurður Flosason, Hjálmar, Samúel Samuelsson Big Band, Stórsveit Reykjavíkur and many more.

Óskar has recorded 15 studio albums as a solo artist or as a member of a band. Óskar has also been a session performer on c.a. hundred studio albums.

Óskar was awarded the gig-master title two years in a row for the Reykjavík Jazz festivals when he performed in 22 gigs in 20 days in 2009 and 26 gigs in 15 days in 2010.

Óskar has received the Icelandic Music Awards nine times, the latest for the album ADHD with his band ADHD in 2010 as the Jazz album of the year and again in 2012 for his collaboration with Skúli Sverrisson on The Box Tree.

A former member of Icelands best known jazz band, Mezzoforte and currently active as a member of  ADHD and his duo with Skúli Sverrisson.

„From my personal experience traveling and performing worldwide, I can say without a doubt that Oskar Gudjonsson and his music are the changing the way young musicians are hearing and approaching the saxophone.

Oskar’s distinctive and absolutely personal sound define a new path in jazz melodicism, as well as his masterful command of harmony and expressing the full range of tonal color on the horn.

Oskar is one of those rare individuals, a unique improviser with a very personal sound that has carved his own space inside our universal language of music.“

-Jim Black

 

Skúli Sverrisson

Over the past two decades, bass guitarist-composer Skuli Sverrisson has worked with a veritable who’s who of the experimental world, from free jazz legends (Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey) to music icons (Lou Reed. Jon Hassel, David Sylvian,  Arto Lindsey) and composers (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Johann Johannsson and Hildur Gudnadottir.

Sverrisson is also known for his work as an artistic director for Olof Arnalds (Innundir Skinni, Vid og Vid), recordings with Blonde Redhead and as a musical director for legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson.

He has released a series of duo albums of in collaboration with artists such as Anthony Burr, Oskar Gudjonsson and Hilmar Jensson and been a member of many influential groups including Pachora, Alas No Axis, The Allan Holdworth group and The Ben Monder group.

Sverrisson has also composed music for The Icelandic Dance Company ( Open Source) the National Theatre of Iceland (Volva) and and numerous films and installations such as “Welcome” and “Music for furniture” with Olafur Thordason”, Spacial Meditation” with Claudia Hill and “When it was Blue” with Jennifer Reeves.

Sverrisson founded Seria, an ongoing ensemble featuring Amedeo Pace, Olof Arnalds, David Thor Jonsson, Anthony Burr, Eyvind Kang and Hildur Gudnadottir in 2005 and released Seria in 2006 and Seria ll in 2010.

He has appeared on over 100 recordings and has performed around the world with a wide range of artists.  

Recent works include series of live film /music performances with experimental film maker  Jennifer Reeves. Three new recordings of the ongoing collaboration with Anthony Burr and a new duo recording with Oskar Gudjonsson.

Sverrisson has been awarded 6 Icelandic Music Awards, including Icelandic Album of the Year for Seria in 2006 and Jazz Album of the Year 2012 for The Box Tree. In addition he was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2011.