All Ice 2027.
Thanks to Bára Grímsdóttir, Chris Foster, Rósa Þorsteinsdóttir
and Berit Opheim
Terje Isungset - Drums/Percussion, Mouth harp, Goat horn
Jonas Simonson - Flutes
Mats Edén - Strings
Guests musicians and co-arrangers:
Bára Grímsdóttir - Voice: track 5 and 12
Skúli Sverrison - Electric bass: track 2, 3, 6, 10, 11 Hilmar Jensson - Electric guitar: track 3, 6, 10, 12
All the music is arranged by Groupa and the guest musicians.
Eysteinn Jónsson is great great grandfather of Bára Grímsdóttir Abbreviation:
S.I. = Collections of Icelandic rímur melodies published in Silfurplötur Iðunnar by Kvæðamannafélagið Iðunn and Smekkleysa,
Iðunnar by Kvæðammannafélagið Iðunn and Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum. Reykjavik
Recorded by Joakim Barfalk at Chromophone Studios, Torna Hällestad, Sweden and by Birgir Jón Birgisson at Sundlaugin hljóðver,
Mixed by Tor Magne Hallibakken, Hallibakken Lydstudio, Nesbyen, Norway and by Anders Bjelland at Broen Studio, Bergen, Norway (track 3 & 11).
Cover photo by Terje Isungset.
Cover design by Ab OVO Kåre Thomsen.
GROUPA Kind of Folk Vol. 3 ICELAND
Once again, Groupa explores new frontiers. The third installment in the Kind of Folk series the focus is on Iceland. Join Groupa on the next step of their musical trek and discover what they experienced on fields of lava, in bracing winds and with the ancient magic of rímur.
Jonas Simonsson: flutes
Mats Eden: strings
Terje Isungset: drums, percussion, mouth harps and rams horn
Guests from Iceland:
Skuli Sverrison: bass & electronics
Hilmar Jensson: gutar & electronics
Bara Grimsdottir: vocal
Groupa has inspired a whole generation of Scandinavian musicians with their pioneering spirit and masterful command of their instruments. The next installment in their album series Kind of Folk clearly demonstrates how this trio continues to reinvent Nordic folk music – this time, with a focus on Iceland. Traditional Icelandic rímur are heard alongside innovative instrumentation and sensitive improvisation.
Iceland has kept its rímur tradition alive and the verse cycles tell epic sagas. They are to be found in worn, well-thumbed old notebooks, or in slim volumes of published collections. The melodies carry the tales. Some take hours to complete. This is Groupa’s journey, their own saga of their trek through rímur territory, fields of lava and bracing winds.
This release follows on Kind of Folk – Vol. 1 Sweden from 2016, which was nominated for a Swedish Grammy, and Vol. 2 Norway from 2018. Icelandic guest musicians grace this production: Bára Grímsdottir – voice, Hilmar Jensson – guitar, and Skúli Sverrison – bass.