Björk may be Iceland’s most famous musical export, but she’s only, if you will, the tip of the iceberg. The country has a remarkably rich and varied musical scene and when you explore it with Jacob Edgar (seen here), you won’t have to sit through hours of coffee shop sitar and bongo sessions waiting for the truly talented performers to take the stage. Jacob, the main researcher at Putumayo World Music, has been retained as the ethnomusicologist for the Iceland Hangout. • He’ll take interested guests to spots like the Café Rosenberg in downtown Reykjavik, one of the island’s most popular music venues. • Jacob has already lined up Sigríður Thorlacius and Guðmundur Óskar Guðmundsson, who will join us for a private dinner in Viðey and then play an hour-long concert or so, with a focus on Icelandic music. • The new band, Ylja will play—their cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” is unexpected and very cool. And Snorri Helgson will join them in playing a concert aboard National Geographic Explorer one evening.
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