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World Cafe Sense of Place Iceland – A Very Different World Under The Midnight Sun

We went to Iceland under the midnight sun and found pretty much what we were expecting. Of course our expectations were pretty high! We brought it all back for you and our Sense of Place Iceland. Spectacular scenery unlike anything else: huge waterfalls, bubbling geysers, volcanic fields in various stages of recovery. People who were proud, extremely helpful and funny. And music that was just as varied as we expected from the place that has given us both Bjork and Sigur Rós. We brought back sessions with Of Monsters and Men, Sin Fang – an incredibly inventive artist who has been called the Icelandic Beck, the classical-folk hybrid of Árstíðir, and the broad cinematic sweep of Ólafur Arnalds. We talked with Óli P the program director of Rás 2 the Icelandic equivalent of The World Cafe to find out who is new. And we went to the record store 12 Tónar where the clerk gave us a High Fidelity style Top 5 all-time Icelandic artists. If you ever wondered what became of “Siggy,” the drummer for The Sugarcubes, we’ll let you know. We also have Ásgeir for a Vintage Cafe. Ironically he was playing here when we visited! Also Bjork and Sigur Rós from the archives. Check out the videos and John Vettese’s spectacular photography.

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Mammút Live In The Rain On Iceland Independence Day - Sense of Place: Iceland

Sense of Place: Iceland – Mammút Live In The Rain On Iceland Independence Day We end our Sense of Place visit to Iceland with a real treat. Something we didn't plan. While we were in Reykjavik we learned that Tuesday June 17 was going to be Iceland Independence...Read More

Live From Of Monsters And Men’s Rehearsal Space An Exclusive Live Recording

We were invited into the rehearsal space of Of Monsters and Men where they have been writing songs for their second album. During our time there they spoke with us about the success of their 2012 album My Head Is an Animal, and also performed a promised special acoustic...Read More

Five Essential Icelandic Albums - Sense of Place: Iceland

Sense of Place: Iceland – Five Essential Icelandic Albums On our Sense of Place: Iceland trip we were inspired by walking into Reykjavik's famed 12 Tónar Records and seeing the shelves filled with Icelandic CDs and vinyl. It is a homey, welcoming environment and behind the counter...Read More

Is Sin Fang the “Icelandic Beck?” - Sense of Place: Iceland

Our Sense of Place: Iceland guest today is Sindri Már Sigfússon in his solo project Sin Fang. He also leads the more folkie band Seabear. In fact the first Seabear recordings were released in conjunction with another ursine band, an early version of the American band Grizzley...Read More

Sense of Place: Iceland – From 2000 It’s Björk ,The Singer and Actress

We go deep into our archives for a session with quite possibly the most important Icelandic artist ever, Björk. We had a lengthy discussion with her in 2000 around the release of Selmasongs her album made in response to the character she played in the Lars Van Trier...Read More

Composer, Orchestrator & Former Punk Ólafur Arnalds

Our Sense of Place: Iceland guest today is a busy man. He is Ólafur Arnalds who plays keyboards and composes beautiful sweeping music that has been labeled neo-classical. Arnalds is in demand for soundtrack work having won the BAFTA award for his contributions on the British series Broadchurch. ...Read More

Siggtryggur Baldurson

As our Sense of Place: Iceland continues on the World Cafe we have a very thoughtful interview with a fascinating man. He is the head of the IMX (the Iceland Music Exchange) tasked with expanding the musical footprint of Iceland around the world. He also just happens to be...Read More

The Gorgeous Classical Folk of Árstíðir

Today we hear the first of the performances we recorded during our World Cafe Sense of Place trip to Iceland last month. It was recorded in front of an audience of World Cafe Travel Adventurers at Reykjavik Public Radio station Rás 2. The band is a classical-folk band that...Read More

Óli Palli –“ The Most Important Icelandic Radio Personality of the 20th Century”

Not only are we bringing back live music sessions from Iceland for this edition of Sense Of Place, but we have picked out some very cool people to let us know what is going on there. How about the guy who was voted the most important Icelandic Radio Personality of...Read More

Ásgeir - Iceland’s Most Popular Current Artist Kicks Off Sense Of Place

To kick off our Sense of Place visit to Iceland we bring back a Vintage Cafe from earlier this year with Ásgeir. Ironically Ásgeir was playing in The World Cafe’s hometown of Philadelphia as our crew landed in Reykjavik. Ásgeir is a young singer-songwriter from the...Read More

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