Bands for the 2017 event [subject to change]
The Matti Sax Swing Band
The Matti Sax Jazz band plays music from the golden age of Swing. The band consists of 3 horns, a guitar, a bass and drums. Matt Sax has been playing music for 20 years and has released several CDs with his own compositions. He has conducted brass bands, a big band, Dixieland bands and choirs. This is the fourth time Matti Sax plays at the Arctic Lindy Exchange. The first time in 2010 he conducted The Swan Big Band and the second time in 2011 with his Jazz band. Band members are: Matthías V. Baldursson – sax and clarinet, Friðrik Karlsson – guitar, Jóhann Hjörleifsson – drums, Jón Rafnsson – bass, Eyþór Kolbeins – trombone and Jóhannes Þorleiksson – trumpet.
Stebbi O’s Swingsextett
Stebbi O’s Swingsextett is an old school dance band. The band has a repertoire of various swing dance numbers from the 1930s and 40s. Stebbi O’s Swingsextett was founded in 2012 by Stefan Omar Jakobsson and has since then performed at late evening dance nights at Iðnó and The National Theatre Club. With Stefan Omar as a bandleader, singer and trombone player, other members are Eiríkur Rafn Stefánsson on trumpet and vocals, Snæbjörn Gauti Snæbjörnsson on saxophone, Þröstur Þorbjörnsson on guitar and vocals. Jón Rafnsson playing the upright bass and Jón Björgvinsson on drums.
In the summer of 2001, following a gypsy jazz workshop of the Robin Nolan Trio the band Hrafnaspark was formed in Akureyri, Iceland. Since the beginning the band members have been Johann Gudmundsson (guitar), Olafur Haukur Arnason (guitar) and Petur Ingolfsson (double bass). The trio has played on several festivals and has appeared on the Django Jazz festival of Akureyri every year. In the autumn of 2006 the trio recorded its first CD live, at a farm in North Iceland. It came out in December the same year and was everywhere well received. The trio has also played with a number of clarinet players, saxophonists, violinists and singers with good results.
Secret Swing Society
Energetic and playful, the Secret Swing Society has been spreading the sounds of early jazz pioneers such as Duke Ellington and The Mills Brothers around Europe and the US for three years now. When listening to them you travel back in time to the golden era of jazz music, the time of the Godfather movie, slower life and slower cars. This international society came into being during the members’ music studies in Amsterdam. They have performed since 2010 in the USA, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Iceland.