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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 YorkRead More...
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The Washington Post described her music as possessing “such timeless virtues as lyricism and grace… elegantly bridges soul-searching passages with uncluttered swing.”
Upon her arrival in New York, Gunnlaugs was proclaimed an “impressive newcomer” by the Village Voice. She moved to the city after graduating from William Paterson College in New Jersey in 1996 and remained a Brooklyn resident until 2005 when she returned to Iceland with her husband and drummer, Scott McLemore.
Gunnlaugs has performed throughout the US, Canada and Europe, as well as in Tokyo, Japan, and the five recordings she has released as a leader have consistently met with critical praise over the years. She has appeared in publications such as JazzTimes, Downbeat, Jazz Podium, Concerto, Stereo, Jazzman, Village Voice, Time Out New York, Swing Journal, All About Jazz and The Washington Post.
Her latest recording is "Songs from Iceland" (5 interpretations of Icelandic folk songs) which features the same quartet from her 2nd CD "Mindful" (Tony Malaby, Drew Gress and Scott McLemore).
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