Asgeir Asgeirsson
Influences: Middle Eastern , Balkan , East European
Genres: icelandic folksongs travels to turkey, two sides of europe vol: 1, icelandic folksongs travels to bulgaria, travelling through cultures vol: 2, icelandic folksongs travels to iran, persian path vol: 3, icelandic folksongs travels to persia, original piece writte
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5 times in the Global Top 40
March 2021 #37 - Global Top 40 Azadi cafe (video)
February 2021 #5 - Global Top 40 Azadi cafe (video)
February 2021 #34 - Global Top 40 Runnin Upp Sem Rósin Blá (track)
2 times in the Global Top 40
3 times in the Global Top 40
Asgeir Asgeirsson - Azadi cafe
Originally a coincidence led Asgeir Asgeirsson, a
jazz/pop guitarist and a household name on the
Icelandic music scene, to start studying the music
of Bulgaria back in 2010 where he fell in love with
music of Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Asgeir has since travelled to India, Iran, Turkey,
Egypt, Morocco, Greece and Bulgaria for studies.
It was one of those trips to Istanbul in 2016 where
he got the idea to travel with his own musical
heritage to the East and compose new and arrange
old Icelandic melodies with the flavour of some of
his favourite musical heritage.
Asgeir has since recorded three albums with over
40 musicians from eight countries.
He started the journey in Istanbul where he
recorded with some of Turkey’s finest musicians,
Yurdal Tokcan, Göksel Baktagir, Derya Turkan
and Oray Yay and released the album Two sides
of Europe in 2017.
In volume 2 he took the Icelandic folk song to Plovdiv, Bulgaria to a longtime friend, Borislav
Zgurovski and his band, the legendary Trakia ensemble to record Travelling through cultures released in 2018.
The final chapter of the trilogy is the Persian path,
released in autumn 2020 recorded in Tehran and Iceland with some of Iran´s finest musicians led by Hamid Khansari.
In this project, Iceland´s finest female vocalist Sigridur Thorlacius sings all of the vocals to give
the albums an unique blend of Eastern instruments,
rhythms and feel. Asgeir plays saz,oud, bouzouki, tamboura and electric guitar to give this trilogy even a more unique sound.
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Asgeir Asgeirsson