BJÖRN THORODDSEN - ICELANDIC GUITARIST
For several years, Björn Thoroddsen has been one of Iceland's leading jazz guitarists. He is the recepient of several Icelandic music awards, including "Jazz Performer of the Year" in 2003, and has released a number of critically acclaimed albums.
Originally a rock musician, his attention soon turned towards jazz, and now Björn tours both as a soloist and with his bands all around the world, playing pop, jazz, rock, blues, country and whatever style of music he feels like playing at the time.
Björn's bands include Cold Front with Canada's Richard Gillis and the popular Icelandic band Guitar Islancio, which had the honor of being the first Icelandic jazz group to have a gold certificate album. Bjorn has also collaborated with musicians such as Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Kazumi Watanabe, Tommy Emmanuel, Al Di Meola, Robben Ford and Larry Coryell, to name a few.
An acclaimed soloist, Björn dazzles his audiences worldwide with outstanding playing and showmanship. He also runs the international guitar festival Guitarama, which is now an annual event in Winnipeg, Reykjavik, Edmonton and soon England.