1. Pascal Pinon: Live from the little house of music

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    Despite their young age, Pascal Pinon have been touring in both Europe, Japan and China already, capturing a growing audience with their honest and genuine performances. They started recording music when they were just 14 years old – now, four years later, they have developed into young women with a strong sense of direction and very high vocal- and instrumental skills.

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    • Ólafur Arnalds: Live from the Little House of Music

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      Born in the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, a few kilometers outside of Reykjavík, the 24-year old composer has always enjoyed pushing boundaries with both his studio work and live-shows. Through relentless touring and determination this young artist has steadily gained recognition worldwide since his 2007 debut Eulogy for Evolution. More recently Ólafur has been venturing into the world of films, writing his first Hollywood film score to Another Happy Day. He also had music in the hit film Hunger Games and has been featured several times on popular american television show So You Think You Can Dance. Ólafur Arnalds’ is currently working on his third studio album and continues his mission to lure an indie-generation of pop and rock fans into an emotive world of beguiling electronic chamber music and delicate classical arrangements.

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      • Snorri Helgason: Live from the Little House of Music

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        With his home grown and self-taught approach to songwriting, Icelandic singer-songwriter Snorri Helgason has been favorably compared to singer-songwriter greats like Paul Simon, Harry Nilsson and Neil Young. While his music resonates with past greats, his mixing of diverse influences of everything from soul to Britpop to glam-rock into his primarily folk-based songs—not to mention his Icelandic background—leaves us with something entirely unique. His personal, understated yet intense live shows, whether playing solo or with a band, have garnered positive reviews from blogs and magazines from around the world. He released his sophomore solo album, “Winter Sun” in Iceland in August 2011. The album was produced by Icelandic indie-pop great Sindri Már Sigfússon (Seabear, Sin Fang) and has received unanimous critical praise in the local market. He is currently recording his third album set for release in 2013.

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        • Lay Low: Live from the Little House of Music

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          Her live shows have seen her reach round and hug a room of 200 people using only her voice in acapella. Seeing LAY LOW perform is unique as it is comforting. Musically playful, she spins new yarns out of her songs, exudes warmth and radiates sincerity that amounts to a sincere and personal experience. Lay Low has toured with Iceland‘s new darlings of pop, Of Monsters and Men on their tours in the US and Europe this year. Her latest single from the upcoming album, ‘The Backbone’ has a poetic resonance with Neil Young and P.J. Harvey; a lick of Nancy Sinatra’s husky attitude and a dose of Portishead’s dirty acid trip. Get a dose of pure charm at this year’s Airwaves and catch Lay Low in concert for a musical hug you won’t forget.

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          • Dikta: Live from the Little House of Music

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            Dikta, an Icelandic verb meaning “to compose or make something up,” remains immersed in the same passionate and soulful atmosphere it was formed in, inspiring their melodic alternative rock sound. After their debut album in 2002, the four-piece band released their first album in English in 2005 called Hunting for Happiness, expanding their European audience. Dikta filled every venue and played every festival in Iceland and opened for The Kooks during their 2011 European tour before releasing their third album, Get it Together, through the German indie label Smarten-Up Records and Rough Trade Records. Prior to releasing the album in Germany, Get it Together reached platinum sales in their home country and received four awards at the Listener’s Choice Awards.

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            • Hjálmar: Live from the Little House of Music

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              Hjálmar are the reggae kings of Iceland, known for their old-school roots reggae with strong Icelandic influences (the so called lopapeysu-reggae).

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              • Ásgeir Trausti: LIve from the Little House of Music

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                Icelandic singer-songwriter, Asgeir Trausti, may only be 20 years old but last summer he already made his mark on the Icelandic music scene with his two singles, Sumargestur and the smash-hit Leyndarmal. Both singles belong to his debut album Dyrd i daudathogn, released in September. A digital presale on Icelandicmusic.com, a week before the release of the album, broke all records and showed clearly that Asgeir Trausti had already created a name for himself. Born and raised in the countryside of Iceland, Asgeir Trausti comes from a family of musicians. He trained on classical guitar but was aiming for a career in sports when he suddenly made a U-turn after being encouraged to take his music more seriously. He took his demos to producer Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson and several months later his debut album was released in Iceland with great critical acclaim. The album has so far only been released in Iceland but an English version of it is in the making with lyrics written by American musician John Grant. When performing, Asgeir Trausti’s friend Julius joins him on stage for the lighter version but for a full-blown version Asgeir Trausti is backed-up by a band made up of experienced Icelandic musicians, including three from reggae band hjálmar.

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                • Prins Polo: Live from the Little House of Music

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                  Prinspóló is the brainchild and former alter ego of Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson from Breiðholt. He worked on a farm as a child where he studied singing with a walkman and a shovel. The few moments he has to himself he changes his bottled up feelings into songs and puts them on tape.

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                  • Retro Stefson: Live from the Little House of Music

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                    Armed with an immediate and charismatic stage presence along with a highly impressive arsenal of songs, Retro Stefson always border on the right side of pop; the side that’s creative, cool and constantly pushing the envelope. They regularly sell out their native Iceland’s largest concert halls and top the local charts, all the while converting hordes of overseas fans with tours in Europe and beyond.

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                    • Tilbury: Live from the Little House of Music

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                      Tilbury was founded by the drummer Þormóður Dagsson (Skakkamange, Jeff Who?, Hudson Wayne) back in the summer of 2010. It was originally a solo project by the name of Formaður Dagsbrúnar but quickly evolved into Tilbury, when in a search for a band to record the debut album Exorcise. Tilbury plays dramatic folk pop led by synthesizers by Kristinn Evertsson (Valdimar) and sixties guitar sound by Örn Eldjárn (Brother Grass). Guðmundur Óskar (Hjaltalín) decorates the sound with his French-ish baselines and drummer Magnus Trygvason Eliassen (Sin Fang, Amiina, Moses Hightower) binds it all together with his dynamic drumming.

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