Skarkali Trio

“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

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Skarkali Trio is an Icelandic jazz-trio. The trio plays compositions by Ingi Bjarni the piano player but with the elegant bass playing of Valdimar and the energetic drumming of Óskar, the music is brought to another level!

Although the Icelandic word skarkali means loud noises, their music is not necessarily so. With their different personal characteristics, Skarkali trio explores melancholic melodies, happy harmonies and rock rhythms in their own way.

 

Members:

Ingi Bjarni Skúlason (IS) – piano and compositions
Valdimar Olgeirsson (IS) – bass
Óskar Kjartansson (IS) – drums

The CD is out!

The CD is now available in all major record stores in Iceland and at the Disk Union record stores in Japan.

You can also buy it directly from us on Bandcamp.

More reviews:

“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

“Skarkali Trio’s debut album 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

Translated excerpt from a Polish review:

“Skarkali is filled with an emotional tone and spacious, relaxed sound while also being firm and clear. The musical magic contained on the album makes it extremely pleasant to listen to. Skarkali is a very good contemporary jazz album!” – Stacja Islandia (eng. Iceland Station)

“De har lavet en god plade med velafstemt blanding af melankoli, gode harmonier og en pæn dosis rockrytmer.” – Jazznyt.com

„Stylish controlled unit worthy of many listens.“ 
www.allaboutjazz.com (editor’s comment on a free download of one of the tunes on Skarkali.)

Performance highlights:

– August 2013: Concert at Reykjavík Jazz Festival.

– September 2013: The trio represented Iceland in Young Nordic Jazz Comets which was held in Trondheim, Norway.

– July 2014: The trio toured the Faroe Islands.

– August 2014: Performance at Reykjavík Jazz Festival for the second time.

– July and August 2015: Tour around Iceland to promote the CD

Summer 2016: Various concerts in Iceland, The Netherlands and a tour in Estonia

 

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