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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: May 11, 1970    

The Washington Post described her music as possessing “such timeless virtues as lyricism and grace... elegantly bridges soul-searching passages with uncluttered swing.” Sunna Gunnlaugs reaffirms that assesment on her latest CD, Long Pair Bond which features fellow Icelander bassist Thorgrimur Jónsson and long-time cohort Scott McLemore on drums. It’s her first trio album since her debut in 1997, and now a more mature, more experienced Gunnlaugs presents this music in an unhurried, contemplative fashion. Ironically, it is the spaces she leaves that creates a sense of urgency throughout the recording....
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Awards

Her various credits and awards include: * an endowment from the American Culture Center * a concert at the American Embassy in Iceland * a cultural award from the American Scandinavian Society * an artist salary from the Ministry of Education in Iceland in 1999, 2002 and 2006 * and a concert at the prestigious Cosmos Club in Washington DC presented by the Icelandic Embassy.
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    Distilled

    Sunny Sky
    2014
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    Distilled

    Sunny Sky
    2013
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    Long Pair Bond

    Sunny Sky
    2012
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    Long Pair Bond

    Sunny Sky Records
    2011
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    The Dream

    Sunny Sky Records
    2010
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    Live in Europe

    Sunny Sky
    2004
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    Fagra Verold

    Sunny Sky
    2003
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From the blogs: “Long Pair Bond is phenomenal.”—Jazzwrap, Stephan Moore ”Too much spaciness can wreck a good album, and too much earth can, too. Long Pair Bond gets pretty darn close to the perfect balance.” — Rehearsing the Blues, Jon Wertheim ”There is a crystalline beauty to the music that upon further examination unfolds its secrets slowly like the narrative of a well written novel.” — Music and More, Tim Niland

What the European press is saying: “... Sunna Gunnlaugs’ Trio whose cool atmospherics and meditative quality draws on Icelandic folk melodies and brooding soundscapes, yet internally has an unhurried Bill Evans-like swing and an appetite to explore the inner soul.” — Jon Newey, Jazzwise, UK

“[The Dream] vielschichtiges Album von Sunna Gunnlaugs, die den Hörer auf eine musikalisch anspruchsvolle und doch kurzweilige Reise mitnimmt.” —Jazz Podium, Germany “[The Dream] ...überrascht aber immer wieder durch gedankliche Details und konveniert als scheuklappenlose, flexible Pianistin” — Concerto, Austria Mais globalement, son “Mindful” ne manque pas de charme et témoigne d’un hommêteté suffisamment rare pour que l’on retienne son nom...

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Whatever piano is available, or my Wurlitzer electric piano with Microverb II and Line 6 delay.
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