Icelandic Folk Ensemble

Icelandic Folk Ensemble

 Reykjavík, Capital Region, ISL
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Authentic Icelandic folk turned into experimental, sometimes eccentric "fusion" - drawing influences from a lot of European folk and world music styles e.g. Irish, Bulgarian, Turkish and Scandinavian - yet still deeply rooted in Icelandic heritage. Powerful, spontaneous and dynamic live show.

Biography

Since early 2003 singer Ragnheiður Gröndal (Ragga) has been collaborating with her brother Haukur Gröndal exploring Icelandic folkmusic in its various forms. This has resulted in the album "Þjóðlög" released on the "12 Tónar" label in 2006. The album was very well received in Iceland by critics and the general listener as well.

In early 2009 Ragnheiður decided to put together a group under the name "Icelandic Folk Ensemble" in collaboration with Haukur Gröndal and guitarplayer Guðmundur Pétursson (GP).

In this project the focus is on rearranging, in as many and colorful ways possible, the Icelandic folklore with special emphasis on the rhythmic elements in the music. With the use of two percussionists, a guitarist, folklore clarinet and Ragga's mystical interpretations of the often dark and melancholic lyrics and folklore melodies, the group has found a fresh new sound.

The music is inspired by various folkstyles e.g. Irish, Bulgarian and Scandinavian folkmusic.

The result of this can be heard on "Tregagás" the new album released in October 2009 on the Reykjavik based label Sena.

Examples from the album be heard on :

http://www.myspace.com/rgrondal

Discography

Ragga Gröndal has released the following albums :

Ragnheiður Gröndal (2003)

Vetrarljóð (2004)

After the Rain (2005)

Þjóðlög (2006)

Bella and her black coffee (2008)

Tregagás (2009)


Haukur Gröndal has released the following albums :

Sey mir gesunt - Schpilkas (2003)

Beautiful Monster - Rodent (2004)

So long Sonja - Schpilkas (2005)

Herbert - Rodent (2006)

Nevertheless - Lester Young Tribute Band (2008)

Narodna Muzika - Narodna Muzika (2009)

For more information visit : www.rodentmusic.com

Guðmundur Pétursson (GP) has released the following albums :

Muzak (1998)

Ologies (2008)


Set List

One or two 50 minutes long sets of Icelandic folk music in original arrangements with improvised sections.