Reviews that mention Ásgeir Ásgeirsson

January 13, 2022

Sigmar Matthiasson

Meridian Metaphor

Gordon Grdina's Square Peg


Attaboygirl Records ABG-2

Unexpected combo sessions from Iceland and Canada share a foreground use of specialized instruments, but more crucially project timbres atypical for the countries’ national identities. Surprising for those who think of Iceland as a dark, frigid island are the sounds from the Reykjavik-based quintet led by bassist Sigmar Matthiasson. With no obvious echoes of Nordic folklore, the eight tracks on Meridian Metaphor reflect Middle Easter and Balkan currents. That results from oud and tamboura playing by Ásgeir Ásgeirsson throughout, plus individual tracks featuring Kosovan Taulant Mehmeti’s çifteli or two-string plucked instrument or Turk Ayman Boujlida’s Carnatic styled vocals and percussion. MORE