Keeping a finger on the pulse

Marteinn Sindri

Þrjár söngelskar íslenskar sírenur

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Pistillinn var skrifaður fyrir Tengivagninn á Rás1 og birtist þar, föstudaginn 2. ágúst 2019, og á vefsíðu RÚV, laugardaginn 10. ágúst 2019. Sumir trúa á engla, aðrir á álfa, og enn aðrir á fegurð sírenusöngsins. Hefurðu fengið gæsahúð þegar þú heyrir fallegt lag? Það gerist stundum hjá mér, sérstaklega þegar ég hlusta á lifandi tónlist. Svo nú loka ég augunum og rifja upp minningar frá tónleikum, töfrandi raddir íslensks tónlistarfólks sem hafa kallað fram gæsahúð hjá mér. Það býr til himneskt andrúmsloft og í mínum huga er þetta tónlistarfólk sírenur. Á ég að setja í mig eyrnatappa eða frekar bara…

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Where will Marteinn Sindri’s Atlas lead you?

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A few years back, Marteinn Sindri’s performance at the Melodica Festival in Reykjavík gave me massive goosebumps. This classically trained pianist from Iceland can easily cast a spell on the audience with the delicateness of his touching and heartfelt singer-songwriter performances. After four years of careful sound-sculpturing, the full-length solo debut from Marteinn Sindri, entitled Atlas, finally landed in our hands on 16 May 2019. The album reveals minimalistic yet wide and elegant arrangements. On Atlas, everything seems to be in its place with a cast of no fewer than twelve exceptional contributing musicians, amongst them the world-renowned composer and…

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The Icelandic Corner of Melodica Festival

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Words by Stína Satanía Photo by Sigurjón Már The international Melodica Festival is a unique musical feast that gathers together emerging singer-songwriters from different parts of the world to expand the community and support the artistic network. Pete Uhlenbruch developed the concept of the festival in Melbourne, Australia, at the end of 2007, and it quickly spread overseas. Now, Melodica takes place in different cities around the world, such as Hamburg, Aarhus, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, New York and, of course, Reykjavík. This year, the festival celebrated its tenth Icelandic anniversary at Kex Hostel with three full days of music. (more…)

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Keep Your Finger On The Pulse! #02

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Words by Stína Satanía It’s that time of the year again: Iceland Airwaves is coming! It’s simply the biggest sonic feast for the Icelandic music scene, and us fans can feel our pulse rising to dangerous heights from sheer excitement. We’d all love to be able to clone ourselves just for this one week, just to be able to see all of our favorite artists. Here are a few acts that you absolutely shouldn’t miss in the on or off venues: (more…)

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The Variety of Reykjavík Folk Festival

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Words by Stína Satanía The Reykjavík Folk Festival is an annual held in the capital of Iceland since 2010. This year‘s edition set up shop in the cozy warmth of Kex Hostel, and promised to be very intriguing from the start. From the 2nd to the 4th of March 2017 I decided to take a deep dive into the world of Icelandic folk music. (more…)

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Paradís Sessions – discover the paradise of music in Reykjavík

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Do you need some inspiration for the sonic paradise? Better check out Paradís Sessions! It’s a summer series of raw, unplugged, live recorded music sessions at the coffee house Reykjavík Roasters (Brautarholt 2). Close your eyes and imagine. What do you see? The sun, sand and sea? Or beaches, piers and plam trees? The creators of Paradís Sessions believe in something different. The cold air, the morning frost, the sound of waves. Snowy mountains, glaciers, the midnight sun. They truly believe that Reykjavík is a paradise. Paradís Sessions wants to capture the real life of live performance in its most…

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Marteinn Sindri unveils new video

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Multi-intrumentalist Marteinn Sindri is working on his first solo album in collaboration with Berlin based guitarist Daníel Friðrik Böðvarsson. Marteinn delivered touching and magic moments of goosebumps during Reykjavík Folk Festival this year and recently he revealed a new video to the song entitled Spring Comes Late Sometimes. Let him charm you with his soft voice. Marteinn Sindri is a classically trained pianist who graduated from FÍH School of Music in Reykjavík. He has been active on the Icelandic music scene with a band of Markús Bjarnason, Markús and the Diversion Sessions. His voice could be heard in a choir…

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