KEXP 90.3 Presents: Reykjavik Calling
Apparat Organ Quartet, Sudden Weather Change, Ásgeir Trausti, and The Redwood Plan
Friday October 12th, 2012
When I first heard of Reykjavik Calling, I imagined Sigur Ros performing The Clash’s iconic 1979 album live in its entirety with front man Jonsi translating the lyrics from English to Icelandic, then from Icelandic to Hopelandic. Although initially strangely intrigued, I was nervous about a punk to ambient collaboration and was ultimately pleased to hear that Reykjavik Calling would be a different kind of collaboration. One that combines the music of two of the most amazing cities: Seattle and Reykjavik.
Iceland, the world’s official capitol of comfy sweaters and beautiful babies, will bring their Nordic warmth to Neumos with the 3rd annual Reykjavik Calling on October 11th, with a unique paring of cultures and creativity.
Reykjavik Calling is a free night of music that partners some of Seattle’s best musicians with Icelandic artists to create a multicultural, one of a kind experience. This year offers a new twist, in the spirit of collaboration between artistic mediums, each band will be paired with an author who will write lyrics for an original song that will be debuted at the show.
This year’s lineup includes The Apparat Organ Quartet (Iceland) with author Ryan Boudinot and The Redwood Plan (Seattle) with author Sjon. Also performing will be Sudden Weather Change and Asgeir Traust, both from Iceland.
Check out a rad stop motion video from Apparat Organ Quartet:
And, get to know all the bands playing:
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