Gunnlaugs and her Trio bridge the Brooklyn/Reykjavik jazz divide by combining the elegance of the European approach with a fiery New York drive. Gunnlaugs' influences include American pianists such as Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, as well as European musicians associated with the ECM record label.
The Washington Post described her music as possessing "such timeless virtues as lyricism and grace... elegantly bridging soul- searching passages with uncluttered swing." Sunna Gunnlaugs reaffirms that assessment on her latest CD, "Long Pair Bond," which features her husband Scott McLemore on drums, and fellow Icelander bassist Thorgrimur Jonsson, both of whom will accompany her in this concert.
The 7 CDs Gunnlaugs has released as a leader have consistently met with critical praise in such publications as JazzTimes, Downbeat, and The Village Voice, and she has played most major jazz festivals and concert halls around the world.
McLemore, a Virginia native who has performed with area favorites John D'earth, Pete Spaar and others, recently released an acclaimed CD of his own, called "Remote Location." The title refers to the couple's current life in Iceland, and the disc includes a song he composed entitled "Charlottesville."
Tickets to The Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio concert at Brooks Hall are available at the door only. Doors open at 7:15. General admission is $12, $10 for members of The Charlottesville Jazz Society, and $5 for students. Brooks Hall is located on University Avenue next to the Rotunda. For more information visit cvillejazz.org, or call Gary at (434) 249-6191. This performance was presented at the Kennedy Center as part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival.