Tómas R. Einarsson
Matthías MD Hemstock
lækir, ár, vötn og sjór
includes twelve songs for double-bass, percussion and water sounds. Einarsson recorded different water-sounds in the countryside where his ancestors lived and these sounds mix with the percussion and the double-bass which here is the leading voice. On the DVD one can listen to the music and follow the movements of the water. Strengur was performed for the first time at the Reykjavik Arts Festival 2011 and has already earned accolades from critics:
“One could think that it would need some patience to listen for an hour to a slow
double-bass music along with minimal percussion and water sounds, but it turned out
**** ½ Vernharður Linnet, Morgunblaðið, Reykjavik, Iceland 3/6 2011.
“A brilliant CD.”
**** Ingi F. Vilhjálmsson, DV, Reykjavik, Iceland 22/6 2011.
“Even if the music is in the minimalist vein, it is remarkably impressive.”
**** Gunnar L. Hjálmarsson, Fréttatíminn, Reykjavik, Iceland 7/10 2011.
“A unique project.”
Christopher Giese, Ruhrjazz.net, Germany 30/8 2011
“The Icelandic word “strengur“ usually refers to a string in an instrument. There
are four “strengir“ (strings) in a double-bass. But “strengur“ can also mean a strong
current in creeks and rivers and there is a “strengur“ between me and my forefathers. All
these “strengir” can be found in the STRENGUR project.”
From Einarsson´s liner notes
Get a glimpse of three tunes