Out of Scandinavia is an on-going series of uniquely selected musical performances the first Thursday of each month, headlining a myriad of fresh Nordic musicians that features one-off and premiere performances. Through subtle, deft curating of disparate styles, Out of Scandinavia will satiate your craving for innovative and compelling new indie music from the Nordics.

Out of Scandinavia: New Indie Music from the Nordics is made possible in part by the Consulate General of Denmark, New York; the Consulate General of Finland, New York; the Consulate General of Sweden, New York; Iceland Naturally; Music Export Finland; Music Export Norway, and Export Music Sweden.


Elise Vatsvaag
June 2

On dreary days when everything seems blasé, Elise Vatsvaag’s endearing voice and playful lyrics are a pick-me-up. The small-framed Norwegian singer-songwriter has been compared to Ingrid Michaelson, Katie Melua and Colbie Caillat for her style and songwriting prowess, but her unique charm is the result of her innocent outlook on life and youthful zest.

In 2009 Elise signed with the Norwegian management company Great Moments, and since then she has grown to be among one of the most interesting up-and-coming artists in the west coast area of Norway, playing over 50 gigs in Norway throughout 2010.

Skúli Sverrisson with Davíð Þór Jónsson
July 7

Skúli Sverrisson with Davíð Þór JónssonOver the past two decades, bass guitarist-composer Skúli Sverrisson has worked with a veritable who’s who of the experimental music scene, from free jazz legends (Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey) to music icons (Lou Reed, Jon Hassel, David Sylvian, Arto Lindsey) and composers (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and Hildur Guðnadóttir). Sverrisson is also known for his work as an artistic director for Ólöf Arnalds (Innundir Skinni, Við og Við), recordings with Blonde Redhead and as a musical director for legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson. He has released a series of duo albums in collaboration with artists such as Anthony Burr, Óskar Guðjónsson, and Hilmar Jensson.

He has been a member of many influential groups including Pachora, Alas No Axis, The Allan Holdworth Group, and The Ben Monder Group.

In 2005 Sverrisson also founded Seria, an ongoing ensemble featuring Amedeo Pace (Blonde Redhead), Ólöf Arnalds, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Anthony Burr, Eyvind Kang, and Hildur Guðnadóttir, 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.

Sverrisson has been awarded 5 Icelandic Music Awards, including Icelandic Album of the Year for Seria in 2006 and was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2011.

Skúli Sverrisson with Davíð Þór Jónsson Davíð Þór Jónsson is one of the most inventive musicians, pianists, and performers to come out of Icelandic music scene. He has collaborated with a whole spectrum of artists, from obscure troubadours in the countryside to stadium bands. He has made music for art installations, theater, and film. His main goal in music is to never lose his childlike enthusiasm and free spirit. Jónsson was nominated for “Performer of the Year 2009” by the Iceland Music Awards.



Photo Courtesy of ensemble mise-en

THU – 2-10-2011 and 7-6-2011 – 7:00 PM
(No concert in August or September 2011, series resumes in October 2011)
$10 ($8 ASF Members)