From Iceland — Skúli Sverisson

Skúli Sverisson

Skúli Sverisson

Published September 13, 2013

Over the past two decades, bass guitarist and composer Skúli 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. Skúli is also  known for his work as an artistic director for Ólöf 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 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.  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 Ólafur Þórðason, ‘Spacial Meditation’ with Claudia Hill and ‘When it was Blue’ with Jennifer Reeves.

Skúli also founded Seria, an ongoing ensemble featuring Amedeo Pace, Ólöf Arnalds, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Anthony Burr, Eyvind Kang and Hildur Guðnadóttir  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 a 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 Óskar Guðjónsson. Skúli has been awarded six Icelandic Music Awards, including Icelandic Album of the Year for ‘Seria’ in 2006 and was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2011.

November 1, 2013
22:30 Harpa Kaldalón

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