All About Jazz:
“Ingi Bjarni Skúlason fluidly melds the extreme landscapes of his native Iceland with an innate, resilient melodicism that shifts willfully within the body of his music like a slideshow of the wild Icelandic terrain.”
London Jazz News:
“So although achieving prominence in the acoustic jazz piano trio arena can be a challenge, here the co-ordination of propulsion, contemplation and memorable hook is delivered with panache to a receptive ear.”
Ingi Bjarni Trio
Ingi Bjarni Trio brings together three active musicians from Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Joining Ingi Bjarni are Bárður Reinert Poulsen from the Faroe Islands on double bass, and Icelandic drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen. The trio has played at festivals like Nordic Jazz Comets, Jazzahead (clubnight), VetrarJazz, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Reykjavík Jazz Festival, and more. Ingi Bjarni Trio was nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards as jazz performer of the year 2018!
The music can be described as emotional, contemplative, and personal. We looked to the north, north which is home for us, and we explored what could be found there. Did we find some connection to our roots? To describe what we have found; it is our own kind of folk music with the freedom of expressiveness and space for both lyrical and free improvisation. The title of the second album, Fundur, translates to: a finding/discovery or “to have found something. The first album Skarkali was released in 2015.
A third trio album, with the working title 123, will be recorded in October 2022. Stay tuned!