Iceland Calling

Sóley, Snorri Helgason & Pétur Ben

10. October 2015 at All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Presented by Alberta Music, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Edmonton Arts Council


Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:00pm. All ages

$12 advance / $15 door, available at Blackbyrd Myoozik (10442 – 82 Ave, Edmonton)

Soley 1Sóley |
A beat is laid out, hesitantly moving along at first, then careering, taking off; soon sepia-toned clouds of piano gather overhead, shimmering, turning darker and richer, and then Sóley raises her voice – a voice that, until five years ago, she didn’t even consider a proper “singing voice”. It’s true: the bespectacled multi-instrumentalist from Iceland, now in her mid-twenties, had been around the world and back with her band, Seabear, when she finally discovered her own vocal skills. Even though Sóley Stefánsdóttir sings non-stop in private, creating a musical backdrop to pretty much everything she does, it just took her a while to get used to the sound of her own voice. We all know this, don’t we?

Snorri Hurra 1Snorri Helgason |

Snorri Helgason has a penchant for jumping, for letting go and moving on and embracing what’s next, for Kierkegaardian, gravity-defying leaps-of-faith.

A look at Snorri’s remarkable career reveals that the 29-year old singer-songwriter not only possesses a talent for precisely timed jumps, leaps and bounds; he has also thoroughly mastered the art of landing on his feet. His ongoing ventures continually bring him a few steps further along his quest—forever seeking that perfect harmony, an unbridled expression of humanity through a combination of words and music that would resonate through untold hearts and, ultimately, through the ages.

Pétur Ben Hurra 6Pétur Ben |
Born in Reykjavik in1976, Pétur has been playing and writing music since his teens. Although active in the Icelandic underground scene for years, Pétur first became known for playing with Mugison, as well as arranging and writing Mugison’s 2004 album, “Mugimama is this Monkeymusic.” Pétur graduated from the composition department at the Reykjavik Academy of Music in 2004, where he studied with Úlfar Ingi Haraldsson and Hródmar Ingi Sigurbjörnsson. The composition degree has come to good use for this indie rock artist. The music to Ragnar Bragason’s “Children” and “Parents” are his first film scores and he has been involved in several theatre productions. Most notable are his score for Strindberg’s “Dreamplay” directed by Benedikt Erlingsson and his arrangement for “Woyzeck” a Vesturport production with original music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Pétur has also made a name for himself for arranging music for others, for example Mugison, Slowblow, Telepathetics and many

And the evening before you can catch Pétur Ben & Snorri here:

All photographs by ROK photographer Sonja Verbeeck.