Orri Páll Dýrason

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Orri Páll Dýrason
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Background information
Birth name Orri Páll Dýrason
Born (1977-07-04) 4 July 1977 (age 40)
Origin Iceland
Genres Post-rock, ambient, art rock, experimental rock, dream pop
Instruments Drums, keyboards
Years active 1999–present
Associated acts Sigur Rós

Orri Páll Dýrason (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈɔrːɪ ˈpautl ˈtiːrasɔn]; born on 4 July 1977) is the drummer for Sigur Rós. He joined the band in 1999, shortly after the recording of the studio album Ágætis byrjun, when the previous drummer, Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson, left the band.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Orri's father is the former footballer Dýri Guðmundsson, who made five appearances for the Icelandic national team.[3]

Orri has a teen daughter, Vaka, for whom the first track from the ( ) album is named.[4] and two sons, Dýri Angantýr (born January 2010),[5] and Jón Stormur (born November 2012). He's also the stepfather to his fiancé's daughter, Kría (born July 2008).

He is engaged to María Lilja Þrastardóttir, a journalist and a feminist activist from Iceland.[6] They are currently living in London.

With Sigur Rós[edit]

Orri has recorded five studio albums with Sigur Rós: ( ) (2002), Takk... (2005), Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (2008), Valtari (2012), and Kveikur (2013). He also contributed to Hvarf/Heim (2007), where "Hvarf" contains studio recordings of previously unreleased songs.


Orri endorses Sabian cymbals and Vic Firth sticks and brushes. He has been using Sabian cymbals for years now, but he started using Gretsch drums live when Sigur Rós was about to go on the "Heima" tour in August 2006. Before that he almost exclusively used Premier drums. His main snare is a 14"x6.5" Ayotte, and his backup snare is a DW 14"x8". He uses 5A sticks and jazz brushes. Live he controls some of the bands "playback" sounds via Roland spd-s drum pads, and he plays Rhodes electric piano, Roland Juno 106 synth and then some soft synths via USB controller. Mid Kveikur tour 2013 Orri bought a new C&C Custom Drums set and has since become an endorsed C&C Custom drums player.

Live gear[edit]

"Kveikur" 2013 tour

Drums - C&C Custom Drums

  • 26x14 bass drum (second)
  • 20x14 bass drum (main)
  • 13x9 rack tom
  • 16x16 floor tom
  • 18x16 floor tom
  • 6.5x14 6 ply Maple snare drum (Main)
  • 6.5x14 C&C 3 ply M,P,M snare drum (backup)
  • 6.5x14 Ayotte snare drum (Backup)

"Með Suð..." 2008 tour and "Valtari" 2012 - 2013 tour

Drums - Gretsch USA Custom

  • 26x14 bass drum (Second)
  • 18x18 bass drum (Main)
  • 13x10 rack tom
  • 16x16 floor tom
  • 5x14 snare drum (backup)
  • 6.5x14 Ayotte snare drum (main snare)
  • 8x14 DW snare (backup)

"TAKK" 2005-2006 tour

Drums - Premier Series Elite

  • 24x18 bass drum (Main)
  • 20x16 bass drums (second)
  • 14x12 rack tom
  • 18x16 floor tom
  • 6.5x14 Ayotte snare drum (main snare)
  • 8x14 DW snare (backup)


  • 18" “Virgil Donati” Signature Saturation Crash (used as top HiHat)
  • 18" AA El sabor Crash (used as Bottom HiHat)
  • 18" Custom Shop "prototype" Crash
  • 20" AAX Medium Crash
  • 20" Sabian Custom shop Flat Ride


  • Roland Spd-S Sampling pads
  • Fender Rhodes MarkII Electric Piano
  • Roland Juno 106
  • Racked soft synths with USB controller


  1. ^ "sigur rós - frequently asked questions". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 10 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "eighteen seconds before sunrise - sigur rós news » 2005» August» 17". sigur-ros.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 February 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Ed Aarons (26 June 2016). "Sigur Ros's Georg Holm on Iceland at Euro 2016: 'It's kind of beautiful to watch'". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ "sigur rós - lyrics". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 10 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "eighteen seconds before sunrise - sigur rós news  » 2010 » January » 29". sigur-ros.co.uk. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "María Lilja og Orri trúlofuð" (in Icelandic). visir.is. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2016.