Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jónas Sen


Jónas Sen is a musician with many hats.  Along with composing, he has hosted multiple music oriented television programs, composed for, and toured with Björk, and works as a music critic for Iceland’s Frettabla∂i∂.

In the classical musician pool, it’s always cool to find the creative ones willing to use their roots in classical music to do things like make Robots play out a tune.  He and Björk created the keyboard pieces on Björk’s Biophillia app specifically for the Ipad and Iphone and most recently, Jónas worked with Valdimar Jóhannsson creating music for a project called “H, an incident.”  a robotic musical-theatre production by Kris Verdonck consisting of a small female choir and 10 robotic musicians.

Jónas’s Soundcloud page is filled with a great sample of what he’s composed as well as pieces he has collaborated with.  My favorite track on the Soundcloud page would be Mephisto, I dig the space-walk vibe, contrasted with jungle beats and tribal nuances.

I’m curious to see what he’s going to do at Iceland Airwaves this year and am looking forward to it.

Jónas was nice enough to answer my 4 questions:

1. What is your favorite off-venue Airwaves, or Icelandic  joint to jam at? Norræna húsið
2. If you combine all of your favorite colors what do you get? Whitish green
3. What are 3 of your favorite little known bands of Icelandic origin? Yellow Void, Lazy Blood, Reptilicus
4. If you could be any creature playing your favorite song, what would the creature be?  And what is the song?  A zombie playing On the Hills of Manchuria

3rd Airwaves announcement

What a loverly thing to wake up to. A new email from Airwaves announcing more 30 more bands for the festival of which 22 are Icelandic. Ólöf Arnalds, Retro Stefson, Amiina, Moses Hightower, Apparat Organ Quartet, Árstíðir, Kiriyama Family, Skúli Sverrisson, Hermigervill, Captain Fufanu, Sign, Stafrænn Hákon, Leaves, Endless Dark, Nóra, 1860, Dimma, Auxpan, Þórir Georg, Emmsjé Gauti, Kjurr and Nini Wilson.

I have been rather busy with a move, and now an injury, but I truly am hoping in the upcoming week I can get a handle on the massive amount of write ups I need to cover. So stay tuned, and until then, you can read my write ups on FM Belfast, Apparat Organ Quartet, and of course there are more write ups on my Iceland Airwaves page.