Jóel Pálsson &
Kjartan Valdemarsson (IS)

Innri

In English

Jóel Pálsson’s music mirrors his diversity as a performer, combining improvisation with written parts influenced by a variety of musical styles such as church music, rock, free improvisation, funk and folk music. He has been awarded “Jazz album of the year” five times in Iceland and was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2011 as a performer. His approach to writing Jazz is creative and powerful, leaving us with music that is unusual and highly memorable.

Kjartan Valdemarsson, a pianist and arranger in high demand, also composes music. He won the Icelandic Music Award for best composition in the jazz category in 2011.

Pálsson and Valdemarsson, both graduates of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, are renowned jazz musicians both in Iceland and abroad. They have worked with musicians from all over the world and played on festivals throughout the continents. This production highlights the multi-cultural reflections in Pálsson’s work in combination with the traditional sound of big band music, a combination which gives the music a fresh, broader relevance along with a very personal twist.

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Jóel Pálssons musik afspejler hans alsidighed som kunstner og kombinerer improvisation og skrevne elementer, som er inspireret af forskellige musikalske stilarter såsom kirkemusik, rock, fri improvisation, funk og folk. Han har fem gange vundet prisen for Årets jazzalbum i Island og blev i 2011 nomineret til Nordisk Råds musikpris som soloartist. Hans tilgang til jazz er kreativ og kraftfuld, hvilket kommer til udtryk i usædvanlig og meget mindeværdig musik.

Kjartan Valdemarsson, en eftertragtet pianist og arrangør, er også komponist. Han vandt i 2001 Icelandic Music Award for bedste komposition i kategorien jazz.

Jóel Pálsson og Kjartan Valdemarsson er begge uddannet på Berklee College of Music i Boston og er navnkundige jazzmusikere både i Island og internationalt. De har arbejdet sammen med musikere fra hele verden og spillet på festivaler på flere kontinenter. Denne udgivelse retter spotlightet mod de multikulturelle refleksioner i Jóels arbejde i et møde med bigbandets traditionelle lyd, hvilket giver musikken en fornyet og forhøjet relevans med et stærkt personligt twist.