Official sites: www.cortes.is
www.myspace.com/officialcortes In 1999, Cortes won the lead role of Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre in London's West End. It was in this role that he discovered his ability to sing high notes. "I'd been having a bad evening and I was miserable, felt I wasn't even good enough to be in the chorus. Then in my next scene I went up to the C sharp and it just stayed there.
Official sites: www.cortes.is
Music from the heart. From an island called Iceland. A record that wants to boil over because of all its energy, lust and sometimes also funniness. A record, equally peculiar as idiosyncratic. As the pot is that huge 26-year-old Benni Hemm Hemm throws all possible ingredients in.
And it is that peculiar as all the different ingredients do not spoil the paste in the end. It’s a little big band with little big songs. The greatest of them takes only 2 minutes and 58 seconds: „Beygja Og Beygja“.
In one of the highscools in Reykjav
Samaris is an unconventional combination. Its a band that consists of a clarinet player (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir), a singer (Jófríður Ákadóttir) and an electronic musician (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson).
Together they play downtempo electronica/triphop. Their sound is filled with space, atmosphere and maybe even a little melancholia.
The band was formed in January 2011 and only a few months later they won the Music Experiments (the icelandic 'battle of the bands').
Icelandic singer/songwriter Myrra Rós is one of the leading singer/songwriters in the icelandic acoustic music Scene.
First picking up the guitar at age 20, Myrra Rós played her first concert for an audience of a pair of red parrots. Her crowds have been growing steadily ever since, eventually crossing species to the human race, filling up local cafe's in Iceland. Her influences are artists like: Fionn Regan, Ane Brun, Bon Iver, At the bus stop along with many many more.
It's been only 3 years since Iceland's new king of lo-fi layered lushness, Sindri Már Sigfússon, began his official recording career. “Summer Echoes”, the new and second album of his solo-project Sin Fang (he dropped the “Bous”) is now already his 4th album release (including 2 records of his other musical outlet Seabear) since 2007. The album oscillates wildly unearthing glimpses of familiarity - vintage Flying Nun here, Paw Tracks there and a Belle and Sebastian pop nous - while retaining the own stark originality of this uber-talented artist and producer.
Bridging the Brooklyn-Reykjavik jazz divide with European elegance and a fiery, New York drive... Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs is "proof that jazz is as much a part of the picture as the pop of Björk or SigurRos." - Time Out New York Unreleased FREE MP3s and exclusive content are available to subscribers of Sunna's free newsletter. Sign up via her website or choose from 8 different audio formats at her Bandcamp page. The Washington Post described her music as possessing “such timeless virtues as lyricism and grace… elegantly bridges soul-searching passages with uncluttered swing.”
Björk Guðmundsdóttir (born 21 November 1965) is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, composer, music producer, and occasional actress, whose work includes six solo albums and two film soundtracks. She is known for including elements of rock, jazz, electronic, classical, industrial, folk and trip-hop music in her work. Her voice has also been acclaimed for its distinctive qualities. She is also known for her eccentric costumes and music videos. Her singles "It's Oh So Quiet", "Army Of Me" and "Hyperballad" all charted in the UK Top 10.