Hjörtun okkar jóla (Our Hearts of Christmas, 2019) Icelandic jazz vocalists Stína Ágústsdóttir and Marína Ósk have joined forces for some Nordic Christmas magic! In collaboration with guitarist Mikael Máni Ásmundsson, they have arranged and written Icelandic lyrics to Christmas songs from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. The arrangements are easily accessible to any listener, intimate and beautiful, embracing and illuminating the Nordic winter time. The album was recorded on a stormy day in september under the direction of Þórður Magnússon. It was done the old fashioned way, where the whole band is in the same room and there is no room for edits and overdubs in post production. The band consists of Stína, Marína Ósk, Mikael Máni, Þorgrímur Jónsson on bass and Matthías Hemstock on drums.
The album received great reviews in Iceland, where it has already been named an instant classic!
Jazz á íslensku (Jazz in Icelandic, 2016) consists of jazz standards and Nordic folk songs in Icelandic. Stina has written Icelandic lyrics with the help of one of Iceland’s most beloved authors and poets, Þórarinn Eldjárn. Performing with her on the album are some of the nation’s favorite jazz musicians, Sigurður Flosason (saxophone), Einar Scheving (drums), Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir (piano) and Þorgrímur Jónsson (bass). The album was nominated for the Icelandic music awards as best album in jazz and blues 2017.
Concrete World (2009), is a collection of songs written by Icelandic singer-songwriter Johann G Johannsson. The songs on the album were chosen by Stina out of Johann's vast catalog of originals and all the arrangements and many of the lyrics were created by Stina and producer Maury LaFoy (Barenaked Ladies, Jann Arden, k-os).
Stina August is Stina's first solo album, recorded in 2007. The album is a collection of jazz standards and songs recorded at Canterbury Music in Toronto with Marc Rogers (bass), Kelly Jeffersson (saxophone), David Braid (piano), Reg Schwager (guitar) and Ben Riley (drums).
"All eyes were on singer Stina Agustsdottir. Seldom have I seen a singer of such a young age, command the stage with such presence and power. Great phrasing and a sound all her own."
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