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MP3 Skuli Sverrisson - Seria II

Layers of pulsating strings...Streams of cinematic texture...Expanses of heartfelt melody, these are all aspects of this unique musical world.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (39:36) !
Related styles: Pop: Ambient Pop, Avant Garde: Modern Composition, Mood: Dreamy

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Skúli Sverrisson Releases SERĺA and SERĺA II. A Set Bearing the Master Musician''s Life Experience in Jazz, Rock and New Music, with Folk-like Directness of Expression and a Pop-like Seductiveness.

Layers of pulsating strings...Streams of cinematic texture...Expanses of heartfelt melody. These are all aspects of the musical world of Skúli Sverrisson, a twenty-first century virtuoso composer and multi-instrumentalist from Iceland, who has united broad swaths of contemporary music into a unique personal language. Skúli''s music is as warm-hearted as it is advanced. A set likely to appeal to fans of John Fahey and Brian Eno, as well to fans of Philip Glass and Fennesz.

Sería is a set of hypnotic, labyrinthine songs - dense webs of finger-picked guitars and basses, mostly played by Skúli and Amedeo Pace (Blonde Redhead) with broad waves of strings by Eyvind Kang (Bill Frisell, Sunn O))), Hildur Gudnadottir (Pan Sonic, Nico Muhly) and bass clarinets, pedal steel and keyboards by Anthony Burr (Jim O’Rourke, LaMonte Young). Three tracks feature exquisite vocals by Ólöf Arnalds, and one features the inimitable voice of Skúli''s longtime collaborator Laurie Anderson. Sería won “Best Album of the Year” at the 2006 Icelandic Music Awards.

The brand new Sería II adds new layers of vivid instrumental color and melody. Mostly recorded in Iceland in 2009, Skúli''s sonic palette has grown to include electric keyboards and ringing toy piano resembling a classic soundtrack by Nino Rota or Ennio Morricone. Skúli''s unique instrumental and compositional voice remains distinct, as do those of his continuing partners: Pace, Kang and Burr as well as Ólöf Arnalds, Hildur Gudnadottir and David Thór Jónsson. Sería II is a haunting, mysterious album, with a rare depth of feeling and sonic richness.

-Ted Reichman 2011


Over the past two decades, composer/bass guitarist Skuli Sverrisson has worked with a veritable who’s who of the experimental world, from free jazz legends (Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey) to music icons (Lou Reed, Jon Hassell, David Sylvian, Arto Lindsay) and composers (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Christian Fennesz). Sverrisson is also known for his work as an artistic director for Ólöf Arnalds (Innundir Skinni, Vid og Vid), recordings with Blonde Redhead and as a musical director for legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson. He has released a series of duo albums in collaboration with artists such as Anthony Burr, Óskar Gudjónsson and Hilmar Jensson.  He has been a member of many influential groups including Pachora, Alas No Axis , The Allan Holdsworth Group and The Ben Monder Group.  Sverrisson has also composed music for The Icelandic Dance Company (Open Source) The National Theatre of Iceland (Volva) and numerous films and installations, such as "Welcome" and “Music for Furniture” with Ólafur Thórdason, “Spacial Meditation” with Claudia Hill and "When it was Blue" with Jennifer Reeves. Sverrisson founded Sería, an ongoing ensemble featuring Amedeo Pace, Ólöf Arnalds, David Thór Jónsson, Anthony Burr,  Eyvind Kang and Hildur Gudnadóttir  in 2005 and released Sería in 2006 and Sería ll in 2010. He has appeared on over 100 recordings and has performed around the world with a wide range of artists. Recent works include series of live film /music performances with experimental film maker  Jennifer Reeves, three new recordings of the ongoing collaboration with Anthony Burr and a new duo recording with Óskar Gudjónsson. Sverrisson has been awarded five Icelandic Music Awards including Icelandic Album of the Year for Sería in 2006.

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