Lars Graugaard and Sölvi Kollbeinsson at Donau115
Two highly versatile and virtuoso musicians get together for the first time, in an unusual combination across instrument, approaches and generations.
An extremely resourceful composer, performer and producer, Lars Graugaard (*1957) moves with ease between intellectual avant-garde, spontaneous improvisation and street-smart methodologies for the body. He has released numerous LPs, CDs and digital formats over the last 40 years, alone and together with a vast array of top-level international performers. He has composed up towards 200 score works for any combination of instruments and to all dimensions and sizes, developed installations and media work and plays electronic sets under his given name and experimental live techno sets under the Lars From Mars moniker. Lars is since 2010 Visiting Faculty Artist at NYU Steinhardt’s Music Department where he develops novel works that is presented in performance and recording by staff, ensembles and advanced students. His latest CD ‚Engage and Share‘ is available on the KAIROS label.
Sölvi Kollbeinsson (*1996) is the outstanding jazz player of his generation. Originally a classical player where he would win all available prizes for students of classical music in his home country Iceland, Sölvi switched to jazz and now lives, studies and works in Berlin, and he partakes in several projects in Germany and Iceland, appearing in festivals and concerts across Europe. At the Iceland Music Awards 2016 he was awarded a Special Mention as the most promising jazz musician on Iceland today.