Concert lineup summer 2019

Its already July and we are still relishing over our last concert exactly a month ago at the Festival of Sacred Arts 2019 in Hallgrímskirkja, where we performed the songs from the Llibre Vermell manuscript along with some scandinavian tunes from the same period. We are so thankful for the warm reception and feedback we have received since the performance and we couldn’t be happier with our guest musicians; Eggert, Kristó, Þórdís, the beautiful male vocal ensemble Cantores islandiae and our new sister-in-music, musical power-house Marina Albero, whom we can’t wait to collaborate with again sometime in the future. We recorded the concert material in the days following the concert with our favourite recording engineer and tonmeister Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir, and we expect to release an album in the fall.

We will be performing quite a bit this summer, both in the Icelandic countryside and in the capital area. So far the lineup is looking good:

July 6th - Siglufjörður Folk Music Festival
July 7th - Hólar in Hjaltadalur
July 12th - Hafnarborg Songfest
August 15th - Stykkishólmur Church
September 19th - Vinaminni Akranes

In the fall we have a few more concerts lined up, some final recording sessions awaiting us for Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir’s Blóðhófnir (Bloodhoof), also expected to release in the fall, and lastly we’ll be working on some new exciting material for the spring concert session in 2020.

Festival of Sacred Arts 2019

We are now in the midst of preparation for a grand event next week, June 4th, where we will perform the ten songs from the Llibre Vermell manuscript from Montserrat (14th c) at the bi-annual Festival of Sacred Arts 2019, which will take place June 1st - June 10th at the Hallgrímskirkja church downtown Reykjavík. Included in the program are select songs from Icelandic and Danish manuscripts dating from the 15th to the 17th century.

Joining us will be power-house psalterium-player Marina Albero, arriving all the way from Seattle for the event, and wonderful and versatile local musicians Eggert Pálsson and Kristófer Rodriguez Svönuson on percussion, and Þórdís Gerður Jónsdóttir on cello. Lastly, a newly founded vocal male ensemble Cantores Islandiae will be joining us for the liveliest/loudest tunes.

After performing at the festival, we intend to record the lot with our master recording engineer Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir, hopefully releasing a fresh new album in the fall.

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2019 Here we come!

Umbra has some wonderful projects coming up in 2019 and we are deeply grateful to have received the Artists’ salary from the Icelandic government this year to help us carry out these projects.

In February we recorded Blóðhófnir (Bloodhoof) by composer Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir at the wonderful Masterkey Studios in Seltjarnarnes, Iceland. This is an immense project that we have been working on for a while but we are slowly but surely drawing closer to the end of it! Beautiful and haunting music that we can’t wait for others to hear.

In March we will perform at a brand new concert series in Garðabær municipality and in June we have a big project coming up. On the 4th of June we will be performing at the 15th edition of the Festival of Sacred Arts in Hallgrímskirkja. There we will perform Llibre Vermell or “The Red Book” in its entirety along with Icelandic material from the early middle ages. We will extend the family for this project and collaborate with some amazing performers, namely Eggert Pálsson and Kristófer Rodriguez on percussion, Þórdís Gerður Jónsdóttir on cello, Marina Albero on psalteron and an exciting male choir assembled for the occasion. The concert will be followed by live recordings in collaboration with our favourite recording producer, Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir. We simply can’t wait.

During the summer months we will be heading to the country side, to the north and west of Iceland, with an all new Scandinavian program that we will continue to develop towards the end of the year.

We have even more exciting fall and and winter projects, yet to be announced, so stay tuned!

Album Release

We are thrilled to announce that our new Christmas album is finally out in Iceland, entitled Solstitium or Sólhvörf. A hundred thousand thanks go to our fellow musicians Þórdís Gerður Jónsdóttir and Matthías M.D. Hemstock who played on the album, to the talented Tonmeister Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir who recorded, produced and mastered the album, and to Dimma for publishing it. Available in all major record stores in Iceland and via our publisher Dimma. Also, our last album, Out of darkness, is now available on Spotify, enjoy!

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