HARPA ÞORVALDSDÓTTIR

singing & piano

 

Harpa graduated with a master's degree in opera singing from the Mozarteum University of Music in Salzburg, Austria in the spring of 2011 and works as a music teacher at Laugarnesskóli in Reykjavík. She was a member of the band Groundfloor and the jazz quartet SoundPost. She released her solo album Embrace in 2015.

SIGMAR ÞÓR MATTHÍASSON

double bass

 

Sigmar has been active in the Icelandic music scene for years. He graduated from the FÍH School of Music's jazz department in 2012 and in the fall of 2013 he began his postgraduate studies at the music department of the prestigious American university The New School in New York City in the USA. From there he graduated with honors in the spring of 2016 with a BFA degree in jazz and modern music. Sigmar has composed and exhibited works for Stórsveit Reykjavíkur and has played with many of the country's leading jazz and pop artists. In September 2018, Sigmar released her first solo album, called Áróra, which received two nominations for the Icelandic Music Awards in the category of jazz and blues music in 2019.

GUÐMUNDUR ATLI PÉTURSSON

mandolin

 

Guðmundur has worked with the bluegrass band Illgresi, as well as participating in various projects such as playing musical instruments on recordings and concerts with Baggalút, Brother Grass, Krumma and others.

JÓHANN INGI BENEDIKTSSON

guitar & vocals

 

Jóhann graduated with a master's degree in guitar playing from Sigursveinn D. Kristinsson's music school in the spring of 2006 and subsequently studied creative music communication at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and graduated from there in 2015. He is studying masters in singing and instrument teaching at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and works as a music teacher at Sigursvein D. Kristinsson. He was a member of the band Kamp Knox who released the album A Tad ´65 in 2005.

Brek is a new band that was formed in the autumn of 2018. The members of the band have since then tried to find their right sound and gave themselves time for that work.

The emphasis is on combining the various influences from different styles of folk and popular music. The band also tries to find new and exciting ways to use the instruments to create a catchy and comfortable atmosphere, but also challenging.

The band's songs are sung in Icelandic, but it emphasizes the use of diverse wording and thus utilizes the large and beautiful vocabulary that Icelandic has to offer. The band's songs draw their inspiration from Icelandic nature and weather conditions, among other things.

 

The influence of the music comes from various sources, but Brek wants to try to weave them together into their world of sound and thus try to break down walls between genres as well as to connect the Icelandic folk heritage with other types of folk music. Icelandic lyrics and voices mixed with the interplay of rhythmic and dynamic dialogue of the instruments are used by Brek to drive the music forward.

© Brek 2020