Crazy Iceland Kaffiboð: artist talk, pancake performance and the future of label stores

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You are cordially invited to a “kaffiboð” which is a traditional family style coffee drinking gathering, together with some of the most inspiring Icelandic artists and people from the creative scene in Iceland.

Iceland, a seemingly quiet, out-of-the-way country has in relation to its small
population one of the highest concentration of artists, painters, writers and musicians in the world.  Many think it is somewhat crazy how many internationally successful artists this little country has recently produced. Nabil Atassi, an award-winning journalist with special connection to Iceland, will try to find out the reason why. What are the sources of
inspiration for these creative people? What exactly shapes the dark and often excentric musicians, who so often find their way to the hearts of the world’s music lovers?

Nabil and his guests will embed their talk into some samples of creativity such as a short film premiere, Bakery performance, live experimental-electronic music and much more.

Welcome: Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson, Ambassador of Iceland

Moderator:  Nabil Atassi, journalist

Panelists:  Sigtryggur Baldursson, musician and director of Iceland Music Export, Lárus Jóhannesson, founder of 12 Tónar label and store,  Dögg Guðmundsdóttir, designer of “Fifty” chairs by Ligne Roset, Mundi Vondi, fashion designer and computer games creator, Auður Jónsdóttir, author and critic,  Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, musician and festival director, and Egill Sæbjörnsson, visual artist.

Music: DJs Skurken, Steve Sampling and Ruxpin  provided by the Extreme Chill Festival 

Partners:  Extreme Chill Festival taking place in Berlin from 4. - 6. July, the Bakery, a
platform for creativity, being playful and inventive rather than specifically focusing on just breads or merely baking -  curated by Annabelle von Girsewald,  Þorkell Harðarson, the Good Cook in the Hood and pancake producer,  Júlía Björnsdóttir, MA creative industries and kleinur producer, 12 Tónar in collaboration with Oslo Kaffebar  providing special label store house blend coffee,  and Ragnar Fjalar Lárusson, providing the graphic touch. 




Musician Sigtryggur Baldursson, a founding member of the Icelandic alternative rock band the Sugarcubes, takes us on a tour around his city, Reykjavik. From the old bandstand built in 1922 to basement jazz clubs to the Bad Taste record store and the newly-built Harpa concert hall, this is a journey into the rich diversity of the music scene in Iceland's capital 


Lárus Jóhannesson is the co-owner of 12 Tónar. He is a well known connoisseur of all kinds of music, both popular and classical. The phenomenon "what is a record shop?" currently holds a special interest for Lárus.

"Dögg Guðmundsdóttir, is a creative person with open minded curiosity for experimenting with new and old materials often natural materials. Her designs are often surreal in the start of the process and some of them stay in that shape, therefore they can give a meaning and emotion to people." says Harpa Thorisdottir director of the Design Museum 

Gudny Gudmundsdottir, violinist, is the director of The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival and The Skark Ensemble. In the last years she has focused her work on collaborating new music with different art forms.  

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Audur Jonsdottir is an author of several books, essays and short stories. Her latest novel, Secretaries to the Spirits, was recently nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize. This novel will be published by btb Random House next spring.


Egill Sæbjörnsson (1973 Reykjavik) investigates art as a living sub-species, a force with it's own agenda, paralell to humans.



Nabil Atassi is a doctor and journalist. He discovers music subcultures all over the world. In 2013 he received the WDR Jazz Award for his exceptional work. Nabil has a very special connection to Iceland.  


Jóhann Ómarsson (Skurken)

“Skurken is the artist name of Jóhann Ómarsson, an electronic musician based in Reykjavík. Someone compared Skurken’s music to “trippin’ in the Moomin valley” – whatever that means. He could be right, although Skurken tries not to analyze his creations too much. Skurken‘s influences include everything from corny 80’s ballads to late 90’s drill&bass and old computer game themes. And probably elves and nature too. Skurken has been active for several years, has released several albums and EPs, had some appearances on compilations, made sound tracks to short movies and more.


Jónas Þór Guðmundsson (Ruxpin)

Born in 1981, Jonas Thor Gudmundsson, better known as Ruxpin first started producing music at the age of 14. His first release Mission EP was released on Uni:Form Recordings 1999 and the same year his first LP entitled Radio was released on the same label. In 2010 he released his sixth album on n5MD, Where Do We Float From Here? Following that release came a free online release I Wonder if This is the Place, which featured remixes by artists such as Leon Somov, Galaktlan, Biogen, Ijo, Murya, Worm is Green and Aris, alongside additional tracks by Ruxpin himself. In his collaboration project with Fannar Ásgrímsson from Plastik Joy came to life with the release of their debut album Love in Times of Repetition in 2012 under the pseudonym Asonat.


Stefán Ólafsson (Steve Sampling)

The Möller Records factory is now one of the key representatives of Iceland’s electronic music scene. Another label mainstay (aside from its two founders Futuregrapher & Skurken) is beatmaker Steve Sampling, a devotee of soul and hip–hop, whose sound has evolved more towards the dance floor. Elegant ‘low revs’ house, contemporary grooves and plenty of bootlegs and remixes do nothing but confirm his talent and exquisite taste.