This North Atlantic trio brings together three active musicians from Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The members of the trio are: Ingi Bjarni Skúlason (Skarkali Trio) from Iceland on piano, Bárður Reinert Poulsen (The Fjords, Espen Berg Trio) from the Faroe Islands on bass and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (ADHD, amiina) from Iceland on drums.
Recently the trio recorded a new album with songs by Ingi Bjarni. The record will be released in 2018 and the trio will be on tour to promote the record. The name of the record will be Fundur which is Icelandic for meeting. This collaboration is certainly a meeting of island nations in the North Atlantic who have many things in common.
The concept of the record is the north. Here we look to the north, north which is home for us and we find connection to the roots. Its our own kind of folk music with the freedom of expressiveness and space for free improvisation.
Excerpts from reviews about Skarkali, first trio record of Ingi Bjarni:
“The result is completely unpredictable not only from track to track, but also within each track. The arrangements show that Skúlason knows what he is doing as he builds architectural structures that rise up, grow and expand only to shift and dart in a different direction when least expected. This music is paradoxically enigmatic while being direct, intimate while feeling wide open and superficially beautiful while exploring harsh landscapes” – All About Jazz (https://www.allaboutjazz.com/skarkali-ingi-bjarni-skulason-self-produced-review-by-budd-kopman.php)
“Skarkali (translated, Loud noises) carries a depth of invention, verve and delicacy which sets it apart from any run-of-the-mill piano trio expectation. Preconceptions happily disintegrate as this nine-track session unfolds, offering a measured blend of folksy, tuneful accessibility and sparky, creative unpredictability.” – London Jazz News (http://www.londonjazznews.com/2015/10/cd-review-skarkali-trio-skarkali.html)