Category Archives: Icelandic Music

Icelandic Christmas: December 24th

This is it. This is the last video. I remember hearing this song as a little kid, sitting down on the Living room sofa and staring at the tree with all the presents under it and looking into the kitchen, where my dad was hard at work, preparing the Christmas Turkey. I looked out the window and all I saw was black. It was pitch black outside even though It was only about 17:20 in the evening. As I looked out the window…It suddenly began to snow. Little puffs of white slowly drifted down to the ground behind the window. What I felt at that moment, I can only describe as the spirit of Christmas itself. The complete and utter happiness, calmness and all around love I felt was overwhelming. I felt incredible. I hope you will find this feeling this year too. Have a merry christmas everyone.

Sigur Rós “Odin’s Raven Magic” (Live) HD 1080p

Sigur Rós “Odin’s Raven Magic” (Live at Reykjavik Arts Festival, Iceland 2002 ) HD 1080p Album: Unreleased Odin’s Raven Magic is a 2002 orchestral setting to the Icelandic poem Hrafnagaldr Óðins. The composition was a collaboration by Sigur Rós, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Steindór Andersen, Páll Guðmundsson and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir. It was premiered at the Reykjavik Arts Festival on 24 May 2002. Sigur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band. The band is known for its ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson’s falsetto vocals, the use of bowed guitar and for incorporating elements of classical and minimalist into their music. In January 2010, the band announced that they will be on hiatus, however the band have anounced that they are currently working on a new album and a that there will be a world tour in 2012. The name “Sigur Rós” is Icelandic for “Victory Rose”. The band was named after Jónsi’s newborn sister, Sigurrós Elín. Jón Þór (Jónsi) Birgisson (guitar and vocals), Georg Hólm (bass) and Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson (drums) formed the group in Reykjavík in August 1994. Their name is Icelandic wordplay: while the individual words Sigur and Rós mean, respectively, Victory and Rose, “Victory Rose” wouldn’t be grammatically correct; the name is actually borrowed from Jónsi’s younger sister Sigurrós, who was born the same day as the band was formed, and then split into two words. They soon won a record deal with the local Sugarcubes-owned record label, Bad Taste. In 1997
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