Skúli Sverrisson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Skúli.
Skúli Sverrisson
Born (1966-10-23) October 23, 1966 (age 47)
Origin Reykjavík, Iceland
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion
Occupations Musician, composer
Instruments Bass guitar
Labels Extreme, 12 Tónar
Associated acts Laurie Anderson, Mo Boma, Blonde Redhead
Website http://skulisverrisson.com/

Skúli Sverrisson (born 23 October 1966) is an Icelandic composer and bassist residing in New York City.

Over the past two decades, bass guitarist-composer Skuli Sverrisson has worked with a veritable who’s who of the experimental world, from free jazz legends (Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey) to music icons (Lou Reed, Jon Hassel, David Sylvian, Arto Lindsey) and composers (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Johann Johannsson and Hildur Gudnadottir). Sverrisson is also known for his work as an artistic director for Olof Arnalds (Innundir Skinni, Vid og Vid), recordings with Blonde Redhead and as a musical director for legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson. He has released a series of duo albums of in collaboration with artists such as Anthony Burr, Oskar Gudjonsson, and Hilmar Jensson. He has been a member of many influential groups including Pachora, Alas No Axis, The Allan Holdworth group and The Ben Monder group. Sverrisson has also composed music for The Icelandic Dance Company (Open Source) the National Theatre of Iceland (Volva) and numerous films and installations such as Welcome and Music for furniture with Olafur Thordason, Spacial Meditation with Claudia Hill and When it was Blue with experimental film maker Jennifer Reeves. Sverrisson founded Seria, an ongoing ensemble featuring Amedeo Pace (Blonde Redhead), Olof Arnalds, David Thor Jonsson, Anthony Burr, Eyvind Kang and Hildur Gudnadottir in 2005 and released Seria in 2006 and Seria ll in 2010. He has appeared on over 100 recordings and has performed around the world with a wide range of artists. Three new recordings of the ongoing collaboration with Anthony Burr and a new duo recording with Oskar Gudjonsson. Sverrisson has been awarded 5 Icelandic Music Awards, including Icelandic Album of the Year for Seria in 2006.

He has worked with numerous musicians and groups, including Hildur Guðnadóttir, Hilmar Jensson, Jim Black, Chris Speed, Anthony Burr, Laurie Anderson, Allan Holdsworth, Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian, Blonde Redhead, Yungchen Lhamo, Jamshied Sharifi, Ólöf Arnalds, Pachora, and Alas No Axis.[1][2][3] He was a part of Mo Boma with Jamshied Sharifi and Carsten Tiedemann, releasing 4 albums on Extreme; "Jijimuge", "Myths of the Near Future - Part One", "Myths of the Near Future - Part Two" and "Myths of the Near Future - Part Three".

His solo works include Seremonie in 1997 and Sería in 2006. Seria was chosen as "Best album of the Year" by the Icelandic Music Awards.

Sverrisson also plays dobro, acoustic bass guitar, and charango, in addition to electric bass. He is currently music director for Laurie Anderson and tours with her internationally.

Discography[edit]

  • 1991 – Secret Stories, Full Circle (Sony Records)
  • 1992 – Poetry of Joseph Kopf, Peter Herbert (Extraplatte)
  • 1992 – Jijimuge, Mo Boma Extreme
  • 1993 – Hard Hat Area, Allan Holdsworth (Restless Records)
  • 1994 – Myths of the Near Future Part One, Mo Boma (Extreme)
  • 1995 – Myths of the Near Future Part Two, Mo Boma (Extreme)
  • 1995 – Dofinn, Hilmar Jensson (Is Jazz)
  • 1995 – Blonde Redhead, Blonde Redhead (Smells Like Records)
  • 1996 – Myths of the Near Future Part Three, Mo Boma (Extreme)
  • 1996 – Esprit, Kazumi Watanabe, (Polygram)
  • 1997 – Seremonie, Skúli Sverrisson (Extreme)
  • 1997 – Prayer for the Soul of Layla, Jamshied Sharifi (Alula Records)
  • 1997 – No Boat, Ben Monder Songline (Records)
  • 1997 – Extreme 10, Skúli Sverrisson (Extreme)
  • 1998 – Kjár, Skúli Sverrisson & Hilmar Jensson (Bad Taste)
  • 1998 – Bushes and Briars, Susan McKeown (Alula Records)
  • 1998 – Pachora, Pachora (Knitting Factory Works)
  • 1998 – Unn, Pachora (Knitting Factory Works)
  • 1998 – Dabilen Harrida, Ruper Ordorika (Nuevos Medios)
  • 1999 – Desist, Skúli Sverrisson & Anthony Burr (Staalplaat Records)
  • 1999 – Yeah No, Chris Speed (Songlines Records)
  • 1999 – Deviantics, Chris Speed (Songlines Records)
  • 1999 – Ast, Pachora (Knitting Factory Works)
  • 2000 – Alas No Axis, Jim Black (Winter & Winter)
  • 2000 – Origami, Theo Bleckmann (Songlines Records)
  • 2000 – The Well, Brad Shepik (Songlines Records)
  • 2000 – Marinade, Mark Dresser (Tzadik)
  • 2000 – In His Own Sweet Way, Pachora (Avant)
  • 2000 – Excavation, Ben Monder Arabesque)
  • 2000 – Emit, Chris Speed (Songlines Records)
  • 2001 – Life on a String, Laurie Anderson (Nonesuch Records)
  • 2001 – Splay, Alas No Axis (Winter & Winter)
  • 2001 – Klif, Jóel Pálsson (Omi)
  • 2001 – Live at Town Hall, Laurie Anderson (Nonesuch Records)
  • 2001 – Napoli 23, Napoli 23 (Bad taste)
  • 2001 – After Silence, Skúli Sverrisson & Óskar Guðjónsson (Omi)
  • 2002 – Asterotypical, Pachora (Winter & Winter)
  • 2002 – Iceman Is, Terje Isungset (Jazzland/Universal)
  • 2003 – World Citizen, David Sylvian & Ruyichi Sakamoto (Samadhisound)
  • 2003 – Quartet Lucy, John Hollenbeck (CRI)
  • 2003 – Voice in the Wilderness, Pachora (Tzadik)
  • 2004 – Swell Henry, Chris Speed Squealer (Records)
  • 2004 – Habyor, Alas No Axis (Winter & Winter)
  • 2004 – One, Jamshied Sharifi (Alula Records)
  • 2004 – Misery is a Butterfly, Blonde Redhead (4AD)
  • 2005 – Virðulegir Forsetar, Jóhann Jóhannsson (Touch)
  • 2005 – Ociana, Ben Monder (Arabesque)
  • 2005 – Marmorere, Peter Scherer (Peter Scherer)
  • 2005 – A 1000 Incidents Arise, Skúli Sverrisson & Anthony Burr (Worker's Institute)
  • 2005 – Dogs of Great Indifference, Alas No Axis (Winter & Winter)
  • 2005 – Ama, Yungchen Lhamo (Real World)
  • 2006 – Bricolage, Ruyichi Sakamoto (KAB)
  • 2006 – Seria, Skúli Sverrisson (12 Tonar)
  • 2006 – Family Album, Kitchen Motors (Bad Taste)
  • 2007 – 23, Blonde Redhead 4AD)
  • 2007 – Illusionista, Bass Instinct (Erschienen)
  • 2007 – Við og Við, Ólof Arnalds (12 tonar)
  • 2007 – Jostojoo, Mamak Khadem (Mamak Khadem)
  • 2007 – Cycles, Einar Scheving (Valdis)
  • 2008 – Aero, Ghostdigital (Bad Taste)
  • 2009 – Without Sinking, Hildur Guðnadottir (Touch)
  • 2009 – Iridescence, Hildur Guðnadottir (Touch)
  • 2009 – Houseplant, Jim Black (Winter & Winter)
  • 2009 – Haizea Garizumakoa, Ruper Ordoroka (Elkar)
  • 2009 – Spiritual Dimensions, Wadada Leo Smith (Cuneiform Records)
  • 2009 – Out of Noise, Ruyichi Sakamoto (KAB)
  • 2010 – Butterfly, Base Instinct Zappel (Music)
  • 2010 – Homeland, Laurie Anderson (Nonesuch Records)
  • 2010 – Innundir Skinni, Ólof Arnalds (One Little Indian)
  • 2010 – Seria ll, Skúli Sverrisson (Seria Music)
  • 2012 – White Mountain, Úlfur (Western Vinyl)
  • 2012 – The Box Tree, Skúli Sverrisson & Óskar Guðjónsson (Mengi)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacks, Kelso (1999) "Record News", CMJ New Music Monthly, 8 March 1999, p. 11, retrieved 2011-01-24
  2. ^ Meeder, Christopher (2008) Jazz: The Basics, Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-96693-1, p. 248
  3. ^ Jenkins, Todd S. (2004) Free Jazz and Free Improvisation, Volume One: A-L, Greenwood Press, ISBN 978-0-313-33313-2, p. 42

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