Hey, Ho, Let’s Bambaló!

“Ófelía” is the first album by Bambaló. The Singer/songwriter & Icelandic Woman Extraordinaire Kristjana Stefáns is Bambaló. Dramatic and difficult lyrics written to big, beautiful and epic music. Icelandic Alternative Melancholia at it’s best.

Kristjana Stefans

Kristjana Stefáns aka Bambaló:

‘The album “Ófelía” has been on my wish list to make for years but the time was never right until now. All the music is originally written by myself along with half of the lyrics. The other half belongs to my friend, the play writer and director Bergur Þór Ingólfsson. The two of us have worked together the last years on making theatre plays and performances and I was totally enchanted by one of the character called Ófelía (Ophelia) from one of our plays. She is a remarkable person that has to deal with difficult stuff; neglect, death of her parents and all kinds of disconnection. So this is a concept album full of melancholia, epic lyrics and music. No other came to mind to work on the album with me but my friend and virtuoso Daði Birgisson. Together we produced the music and made artistic decisions. Daði did the recording and mixing but Mandy Parnell did the mastering. Beside us two there are a bunch of brilliant artist helping us out to make this sound as beautiful as possible. This album is very personal but also start of something brand new for me. This is a Adult, Contemporary pop album, an true Icelandic Alternative Melancholia.’

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Who’s Who?

Kristjana Stefáns

has been very active both in the Icelandic music scene and the Icelandic theatre scene for the last 20 years. She has been nominated to several times to the Icelandic Music Awards and also to the Icelandic Theatre Awards. She has collaborated among others with both national and international musicians such as Glen Hansard, Emiliana Torrini, Daði Birgisson, Svavar Knútur, Ragga Gröndal, Mono Town, Jónas Sig, Páll Óskar and Bubbi Mortens. Her concerts have been recorded and broadcasted for the National Radio in Iceland and other European Radio stations. Kristjana has given concerts in Europe, USA and Japan.

Daði Birgisson

is songwriter, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. His band Mono Town won the Icelandic Music Awards for the Rock album of the year 2015 for their album “In the Eye Of A Storm” and the song “Peacemaker” from that same album, won the Rock Song of the year award, that same year. He has written music for movies and TV. Daði was the Musical director for the musical Jesus Christ Superstar in staging of The Reykjavik City Theatre in collaboration with Theatre and Film Company ‘Vesturport’. He also sound edited DVD filming of Woyzeck, staging by Vesturport and music by Nick Cave. Daði has also worked as a sound and music consultant for the Icelandic National TV Channel 1. He co-arranged, produced and recorded a new Icelandic Musical called The Blue Planet for The Reykjavik City Theatre, music by Kristjana Stefáns, adapted by Bergur Þór Ingólfsson and original story by Andri Snær Magnason. Daði has worked with Icelandic music legends such as Bubbi Morthens, Megas, Baggalútur, Bang Gang, Kristjana Stefánsdóttir, Snorri Helgason, Stuðmenn, Páll Rósinkranz and Páll Óskar.

Kristinn Snær Agnarsson

has been one of the most prolific drummers in the Icelandic music scene for the last decade. He is known for his groove and deep pocket as well as his warm and well-rounded sound. Kiddi has played and recorded with most of Iceland’s top musicians. Kiddi is in high demand as a session drummer as well as a live performer, engineer and producer.
Kristinn Agnarsson has worked with some of Iceland’s to partists including: John Grant, Ásgeir Trausti, Jónas Sigurðsson & Ritvélar Framtíðarinnar, Baggalútur, Hjálmar, Megas og Senuþjófarnir, GP! Band, Bubbi Morthens og Sólskuggarnir, Hot Eskimos trio, Magnús og Jóhann, Lára, and Mono Town (formerly B. Sig).

Bassi Ólafsson

is a drummer, record producer and a mix engineer for various band’s which he records and mixes in his studio in a small town (Hveragerði) right outside of Reykjavík. Bassi has been a drummer for the last 30 years or since he was 3 years old. Playing along with Icelandic legends on his small 3 piece junior kit in the corner of his father’s analog studio. Now a days his main focus is the band Kiriyama Family and Benny Crespo’s Gang, but Bassi has been a session player for the last 15 years and played with artists like Lay Low, Pétur Ben, Laddi, Helgi Björns, Þórunn Antonía, Berndsen, Svavar Knútur, Jón Ólafsson, Mànar, Megas, Bjartmar Guðlaugsson and many more.

Daníel Helgason

is a guitar player and a composer. He graduated from FÍH Music School in 2013 and from The Icelandic Academy of the Arts with a degree in Composition. Despite his young age hehas been very active in the Icelandic music scene the last years. He has worked and written music for theatre and dance theater and performed for films and documentaries, for example the Icelandic films Humarsúpa innifalin (Lobster soup included) and Sægreifinn (The Count of the Sea). He is a steady memberof the bands Robert the Roommate and DÓH-Trio. He is also a member of Fearless Warriors of the Roseland, an international band/music project with members from Iceland, Ecuador, Finland and Estonia, with guest members from India, Swedenand Costa Rika. Daniel has recorded and performed with some of Iceland’s finestartists including; Rósa Guðrún, SJS Big Band, Skúli mennski, Una Stef, Útidúr, Sigríður Thorlacius, Bógómil Font, Egill Ólafsson and Bambaló/Kristjana Stefáns.

Elías Arnar

is a photographer and cinematographer who graduated from Borgarholtsskóli in 2014 where he studied multimedia technology and filmmaking. Elías has been on many different projects working as a cinematographerbut he mainly works as a photographer today. An example of the projects he hasworked on as a cameraman are the Reykjavík International Film Festival (Riff), Eve online fan festival, Slush play conference and many other. Elías Arnar holds out an instagram page and his own website www.eamedium.com were he focuses on photography that reflects on the connection between humans and nature and the importance of preserving and protecting nature.

Bergur Þór Ingólfsson Lyrics
Svavar Knútur Vocals
Arnar Guðjónsson Vocals
Pétur Sigurðsson Double bass
Soffia Stefánsdóttir Vocals
Guðlaug Dröfn Ólafsdóttir Vocals

More information about the album:

All songs by Kristjana Stefáns
Except So Wrong, music and lyrics by Jackie Allen/Bill Anschell
All Engilsh lyrics by Kristjana Stefáns
All Icelandic lyrics by Bergur Þór Ingólfsson
Produced by Kristjana Stefáns and Daði Birgisson
Recorded and mixed by Daði Birgisson
Mastered by Mandy Parnell

Kristjana Stefáns: Vocals, Backing Vocals, Piano and Keybords
Daði Birgisson: Bass, Synthbass, Loops and Keybords
Daníel Helgason: Guitars
Kristinn Snær Agnarsson: Drums/Loops in Impress the boy, For all time, Charlie, So wrong, Secret place and Snjókornið.
Bassi Ólafsson: Drums/Loops in I Would run away, Dásamlega drenginn minn, Dauði Ófelíu and Hvar varstu?
Pétur Sigurðsson: Double bass in Impress The Boy
Arnar Guðjónsson : Vocals in For all time
Svavar Knútur: Additional vocals in I would run away with you again , Dauði Ófelíu and For All Time.

Additional vocals in Faðmlag: Guðlaug Dröfn Ólafsdóttir, Soffía Stefánsdóttir, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Maríanna Clara Lútersdóttir and Bergur Þór Ingólfsson

Choir in Faðmlag:
Gísli Stefánsson, Gunnar Freyr Stefánsson, Sara Blandon,Guðlaug Dröfn Ólafsdóttir, Soffía Stefánsdóttir, Kristinn Snær Agnarsson, Tinna Kristjánsdóttir, Kristín Stefánsdóttir, Gísli Magna Sigríðarson, Ansgar Bruno Jones, Pálmi Steingrímsson, Hrefna Ósk Benediktsdóttir, Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir, Jón Ívars and Guðlaug Elísabet Bóasdóttir.

Album cover photo from a private collection
Photo on insleeve by Grímur Bjarnason
Make up Fríða María Harðardóttir
Stylist Margrét Einarsdóttir
Designed by Gunnar Víðir Þrastarson