Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik is excited to welcome some of the world’s most renowned jazz musicians to the Harpa Concert Hall for a week packed with incredible musical performances. Beginning on August 14, festival guests will have the chance to immerse themselves in delightful jazz music and Iceland’s rich artistic culture. The week’s festivities kick off on Thursday evening with an celebratory parade that finishes at Harpa where guests will then enjoy several exciting opening acts.
For the past 25 years, the Reykjavik Jazz Festival has been embracing the evolving nature of the jazz industry and has continually provided listeners with quality musical talent ranging from traditional swing to hardcdore improvisation and everything in between. It’s not too late for you to enjoy some of the world’s best jazz music while basking in Iceland’s scenic summertime beauty. Flights to Iceland are available from any of Icelandair‘s North American hubs. Daily and weekly festival passes are still available and can be purchase at the Harpa Concert Hall (approximately $34-$129).
This year’s program includes an impressive list of performers hailing from around the globe. The week’s schedule is as follows:
Thursday August 14
5:00pm Reykjavik Jazz Festival Parade Prep at Lucky Records
5:30pm Jazz Festival Parade—MC Samuel Jon Samuelsson
7:00pm Opening Ceremony
8:00pm Chris Speed Trio
9:00pm Pedrito Martinez Group
Friday August 15
5:00pm Outdoors – Jazz Barbecue. Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band
7:00pm Einar and the Voices
8:00pm Andres Thor Quartet with Ari Hoenig
9:00pm Jim Black Trio with Óskar Guðjónsson
10:00pm Hilmar Jensson og Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten
Saturday August 16
2:00pm Ari Hoenig Master Class
8:00pm Reykjavik Big Band w/Stefán S. Stefánsson
9:00pm LadyPower in international Jazz
11:00pm K Trio w/Valdimar Guðmundsson.
Midnight Norðurljós. Björn Thoroddsen Quintet
Sunday August 17
4:00pm Ástvaldur Traustason Trio
8:00pm Tómas R Einarsson with Sigríður Thorlacius, Choir and rhythm section
9:30pm Norðurljós.Richard Anderson and Andreas Fryland featuring Aaron Parks
11:00pm Norðuljós. Snorri Sigurðarson Quartet
Monday August 18
8:00pm Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio
10:00pm Aurora Quartet
Tuesday August 19
8:00pm Arve Henriksen, Skúli Sverrisson and Hilmar Jensson
9:00pm Skarkali / Magnus Quartet
10:00pm Sigurður Flosason’s Copenhagen Quartet
Wednesday August 20
7:30pm Adam Baldych Imaginary Quartet.
9:00pm Mats Gustafsson and The Thing
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