It’s March, and that means it is time for another Taste of Iceland. The cultural event that brings things such as Architecture & Design, Literature, Film, Food, and of course, Music from Iceland to different spots around the globe. This year’s Boston event is March 8th through the 10th, with a Cocktail pre-game on the 7th at Drink.
As this is a music blog I’m going to touch on the music portion of the event, but you can go here for the complete schedule of events, including an Icelandic food menu at Townsman, a special cocktail menu at Beat Brasserie, an exhibit on Iceland’s Design and Architectual scene at the BSA Space, and a short film festival at the Brattle Theatre.
The annual Reykjavik calling concert typically consists of both local and Icelandic musicians. Each performing a set of material, and sometimes if you’re lucky they will combine efforts for a big finale. This year Taste of Iceland returns to the Paradise Rock club with JFDR and Sturla Atlas on the Iceland team, and Air traffic Controller for Boston.
JFDR is Jófríður Ákadóttir. To call her an Icelandic music veteran seems a bit shallow as not only is she half of the legendary Pascal Pinon, but part of Samaris and Gangly two bands that have really skyrocketed in popularity recently. She tours a lot and at Iceland Airwaves she is always playing somewhere on any given day making her one of the hardest working musicians out there in my opinion. Ákadóttir’s music spans genres, complex beats weaving in and out of darkness, infused with jazz, ambient landscapes, soulful poetry and classical music.
While I love her new album “Brazil” as well as her music videos, nothing quite beats seeing her live. No matter which bands I’ve seen her in, the emotion and energy she puts into performing entirely fills the space and will leave you in awe.
Sturla Atlas is part of a hip-hop-trip-hop-rap collective in Iceland named the 101 boys. (101 is the Reykjavik zip code.) hip-hop heavy, Sturla Atlas brings singing and catchy choruses to his music as well. Last year Sturla Atlas opened for Justin Bieber up in Iceland at what was slated one of the largest, if not the largest concert in Iceland’s history.
And from Boston, Air Traffic Controller will be on stage. The name comes when Dave Munro, the lead, would send back demos of his music while serving in the navy. Known for bringing energy to live gigs, they also have a great music video that was released last year:
These concerts are always fun, and the bands tend to interact and join in on the party with the crowds. It’s a great way to learn about new bands hear new sounds. I do suggest you get there earlier than later as I’ve yet been to one that wasn’t booked at capacity and as it’s free, it’s first come first serve.
So get out and enjoy a little Icelandic culture for the week, it is always worth the effort.