The Blue Church Summer Concert Series

The Blue Church Summer Concert Series was founded in 1998 by Muff Worden, musician and Sigurður Jónsson engineer. The concerts are held in the church of Seyðisfjörður on Wednesday nights in July and early August. The aim is to offer a program consisting of different music styles, where classical music, jazz and blues, folk music and lighter music get to shine. The performers are usually highly qualified musicians.
The Seyðisfjörður church is a good concert house, praised by the performers. It houses a fairly new Steinway grand piano and a Frobenius organ with 14-15 stops. It has seats for 300 people. The concert guests are both locals and foreign travellers.

The concerts are held in the Seydisfjordur church. An emphasis has been on offering a varied type of concerts where classical music, jazz and blues, folk music and lighter music can be enjoyed.

The concerts start at 20:30 and the tickets are sold at the church entrance half an hour before.
Standard ticket price is 3000ISK and 2000ISK for students and seniors.
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Program 2022

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June 29th – Brek

Brek was formed in the autumn of 2018. The band mainly plays original, folkmusic with influences from various sources, but the members of the band focus on creating an interesting but cozy atmosphere in their playing. Band members are Harpa Þorvaldsdóttir singer and pianist, Jóhann Ingi Benediktsson guitarist and singer, Guðmundur Atli Pétursson mandolinist and Sigmar Þór Matthíasson bassist. The last two years have been eventful for Brek despite the pandemic, but the band won The Icelandic Music Awards 2022 for their debut album in the category of folk music. Brek has been diligent in playing concerts in Iceland and plans to be active in playing concerts both in Iceland and abroad.

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July 6th – Nordic Viola

Nordic Viola was founded by Katherine Wren, a member of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, in 2016 when she spent 6 months travelling to countries around the North Atlantic. With her is pianist Arnhildur Valgarðsdóttir, an organist í Fella- og Hólakirkju in Reykjavík.  Their programme explores musical connections between the Northern Isles of Scotland, Iceland and Greenland and music influenced by traditional music and Arctic landscapes.

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July 13th – Jonni and Kristín 

Jonni and Kristín hail from the eastern part of Iceland and have been playing and performing together for years. They have participated in all kinds of musical events and have released a couple of songs, available on streaming services like Spotify. Their approach to music is a relaxed one and acoustic. Concert goers will hear renditions of known and lesser known cover songs, along with their own material.

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July 20th – Duo BARAZZ

Duo BARAZZ consists of the saxophonist Dorthe Højland and the organist Lára Bryndís Eggertsdóttir. The two musicians are grounded in two different styles of music: Lára’s great passion is the BARoque style, while Dorthe is committed to jAZZ – of this the duo-name BARAZZ. Combining the two worlds with Lára’s and Dorthe’s musical approaches, unexpected and magical things happen. So, to put it briefly: A little bit of everything!

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July 27th – Katey Brooks

Katey Brooks is from Bristol, England. She is a rebellious artist that resists formula. The powerful songstress defies easy classification with a sound blending folk, soul, blues and Americana. Her versatility has become one of her biggest assets when lending her voice to different genres but her vocals have been featured on recordings by Brian May (Queen), Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) and Nick Mason (Pink Floyd).

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August 3rd – Sapiace

Trio Sapiace consists of first class musicians living and working in Vienna. They have been performing internationally for years and have a wide repertoire of pieces for violoncello and piano, saxophone and piano, as well as compositions for all three instruments.  Members of Sapiace are: Álvaro Collao León – saxophone, Matthias Gredler – violoncello og Eugenia Radoslava – piano.

 

For more information on the programs, please visit blaakirkjan.is facebook.com/blaakirkjan/

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