Concerts past

Summer Jazz Sigmar Þór Matthíasson Trio

Thu—7-20-2017
i
Image courtesy of Sigmar Þór Matthíasson

THURSDAYS—6-22 THROUGH 7-27-2017—7 PM
Pre-concert reception—6 PM
$15 ($10 ASF Members)
Series Pass $60 ($40 ASF Members)

Jazz returns to Scandinavia House this summer with six Thursday evening performances from some of Scandinavia’s most talented young musicians, composers, and singers. Purchase a series pass to all six concerts for just $60 ($40 ASF Members). All concerts feature a pre-concert reception on the Scandinavia House terrace starting at 6 PM.

This multi-national trio—Sigmar Matthíasson (Iceland) on bass, Taulant Mehmeti (Kosovo) on guitar, and Ayman Boujlida (Tunisia) on drums—will play original music by all members of the band, influenced by the folk music of their home countries.

About Sigmar Þór Matthíasson

Sigmar Matthíasson is a man of many names but the one most fitting is “Bass Viking.” His sound is best described as a magnificent blend of hardcore groove and colorful melodies with influences ranging from Megadeth and Led Zeppelin to Jaco Pastorius and Ray Brown.

Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Matthíasson started playing bass around the age of sixteen. He was first introduced to jazz when studying at the F.I.H. School of Music, from whichhe graduated in 2012. Today, Matthíasson is continuing his jazz studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he studies with Jeff Carney, Reggie Workman, and LeeAnn Ledgerwood, among others

Matthíasson has been an active performer on the Icelandic music scene for several years, performing and/or recording with many of the most in-demand pop and jazz musicians in Iceland including Nordic folk group Silfurberg and pop band Hvar er Mjallhvít?.

His most recent project is the jazz quartet AURORA that mostly plays Matthíasson’s original compositions. In 2014, AURORA performed at the Reykjavik Jazz Festival in Iceland and the Young Nordic Jazz Comets showcase in Helsinki.