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The Iceland Soundscape Trio is a multi-discliplinary art project of intercultural sharing and international collaboration.
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My name is Drew Krasner, and I am the creator of the Iceland Soundscape Trio. 

the most apposite photo of myself ever to exist
the most apposite photo of myself ever to exist

The word ‘trio’ here is representative of two things: the trio of musicians involved in the creation of the music (piano/woodwinds - Drew Krasner, acoustic bass - Rob Taylor, drums - Tim Talavera) and the trio of arts represented in the project — music/sound, literary elements, and visual art.  Born at the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd in June 2014, the project has come to creative fruition. 

https://soundcloud.com/drew-krasner/beautysbeast (music teaser!)

NES Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland
NES Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland

At Nes, I began writing pieces related to various elements of Icelandic geography and culture: certain special people I met, the Icelandic horses, the midnight sun, the birds, the legends of elves/trolls etc. A deep personal connection with the surroundings had been formed, and I was attempting to translate this into musical form.  

First draft of one of the pieces on the album
First draft of one of the pieces on the album

Near the end of the residency, I gave a concert of some of the work in the church in Skagaströnd. I was a bit nervous going into it; it is with great care that I set out to honor and interpret these cultural elements. The concert was very well received, and when I heard mentions that some of the pieces evoked the intended images and emotions in people that have spent their whole lives in Iceland, I knew that I must go forth with the project.  

super awesome moss from above
super awesome moss from above

The Iceland Soundscape Trio is a collaboration of music, poetry, and visual art. The visuals are done by Jérémy Pailler (www.jeremypailler.com), another former Nes resident and dear friend who does incredible creative interpretations of landscapes. Our hope is to have created a multi-sensory, organic soundtrack to the most awe-inspiring and humbling country I have ever experienced.    

image by Jeremy Pailler of Akureyri at sunset
image by Jeremy Pailler of Akureyri at sunset
super awesome beach from a cliff
super awesome beach from a cliff

Our goal is to bring the project to Iceland for the summer of 2015 for both formal and informal performances - as this project is inspired by the land, and intended first and foremost for the people and beings that inhabit it. A series of concerts at festivals, bars, concert spaces, community centers, homes, parks, volcanic lava fields etc. This is a project of intercultural sharing; a giving back to the land and people that birthed it.  

view from Spánskanöf in Skagaströnd
view from Spánskanöf in Skagaströnd

Your donation to this project will be making everything possible: recording, mixing, mastering of the music; reproduction of the illustrations and CDs; distribution of the product globally; transportation and accommodation to/from and in Iceland. 

A donation to the Iceland Soundscape Trio is a donation to and for intercultural sharing and the interdisciplinary arts. 

                                                      ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

SNEAK PEEK POEM:

This Home I Built

made with the earth
from which he came and 
adorned with untouched air

each room deliberately crafted
with a dear one in mind

a house to outlive 
its own destruction

to stand watch to itself
as it falls back into 
the hands from which it grew 

Concert Program by Jérémy Pailler
Concert Program by Jérémy Pailler
Drew Krasner - piano/woodwinds
Drew Krasner - piano/woodwinds
Rob Taylor - bass
Rob Taylor - bass
Tim Talavera - drums
Tim Talavera - drums
Jérémy Pailler - illustration/product design
Jérémy Pailler - illustration/product design

Takk fyrir and thank you very much for taking the time to read about this project. We hope to have you on board for this Icelandic journey of sound, word, and sight. 

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much love,

Drew and the I.S.T. crew 

Risks and challenges

As of Feb. 3rd, all the music has been recorded, poems finalized, and illustrations illustrated. The music is expected to be mixed, mastered, and ready for release by the end of March/beginning of April 2015. The tour is being put together with the help of contacts here in the U.S. and in Iceland, folks connected in the music world and friends with booking experience both here and there. There are of course challenges involved with setting up a tour in a country that you do not live in, but I am confident that with the help of the team of people around me we will be able to create a beautiful collection of performance experiences for as many of the Icelandic people as possible.

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