Music at the Festival

Featuring bands and DJs from across Alaska and the Arctic.

Thursday, April 26
Welcome Reception and evening performance.

Friday, April 27
Resident DJ throughout the day, evening performance

Saturday, April 28
Resident DJ throughout the day, evening performance, and Arctic Dance Party.

Sunday, April 29
Resident DJ throughout the day.

The Artists

Jakop Janssøn Hauan: Norway

Hauan is a drummer and a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo (2011), holding a bachelor’s degree in executive drums and jazz improvisation. He has toured and played a series of concerts in Norway, Europe and Africa within bands like ‘Halles Komet’, ‘Johan Lindvall Trio’, ‘Zarathustra’, ‘Northern Arc’, ‘IAmSound’, ‘Papirfly’ (Hanne Kalleberg Kvartett) and has participated in the competitions Jazzintro within the bands Cinnamon Re:source and ‘Hanne Kalleberg Kvartett’ and gained second place in ”nõmme jazz international youth competition, Jazz artist 2010”. Hauan collaborates within the duo AvantGong including Jørn Øien, where they want to create forms, melodies and coherence using synths, drums, electronics with free music and world music as a starting point. The result is musical ideas where the sound sources merges seamlessly into a free-improvised expression that groove and tonality varied through a stream of fascinating sound images. Inspired by the music and cultures from around the world, electronica music and noise, jazz and improvisational music, the duo seeks to create a distinctive sound. Hauan is one of the initiators behind ‘Lillesalen’ concert series. The event, which since the fall has taken place in ‘Lillesalen’ at Chateau Neuf, aims to be a stage for talented jazz musicians.

Karina Moeller: Greenland

Karina was born in Qaqortoq, Greenland, a small town in South Greenland. She has worked and toured as a singer, dancer, actress and director in various productions, member of Pamyua and as a solo artist all over the world. As a member of Pamyua, Karina has received several awards, including Record of The Year at Native American Music Awards, Indigenous Music Award in Canada, Alaska Governor Award and as a singer/actress in the production Nalusuunerup Taarnerani (During the Darkness of Ignorance) at the International Prize I1 Teatro Nudo di Teresa Pomodoro in Italy. Karina is very passionate about the traditional Inuit culture, spirituality and subsistance lifestyle. She is a mother of 3: Tun’aqi, Ivalu and Inuk.

Snorri Helgason: Iceland

The Reykjavík born singer songwriter Snorri Helgason has played a prominent role in Iceland’s music scene since his early twenties.  Now in his thirties and keeping up his pace and by his twinkling and sensational folk pop that he has been optimizing, Snorri finished and released his debut album I’m Gonna Put My Name On Your Door.  The album is made up with eleven tracks of pure and soulful folk, bouncing pop, subdued ballads and a few funky numbers. In early 2011 Snorri finished recording Winter Sun by himself in his London apartment and with Sindri Már Sigfússon of Sin Fang and GANGLY in Reykjavík.   Snorri and Sindri play the key roles on the sophomore album but Hjaltalín’s Guðmundur Óskar Guðmundsson plays bass on few tracks and Sóley played the piano.   In 2011 and 2012 toured to promote the album and did various radio sessions, including a couple for Seattle’s KEXP. 2013 saw Snorri moving back to Iceland and starting a band by the name of Snorri Helgason.  The band was made up with drummer Magnús Trygvasen Elíasson, Guðmundur Óskar on bass, guitarist Daníel Friðrik Böðvarsson and singer Sigurlaug Gísladóttir.  Together this band made the album Autumn Skies for Record Records (Of Monsters and Men, Moses Hightower, Mammút and more), Snorri’s longtime friend Gunnar Örn Tynes of Múm and Guðmundur Óskar produced the album. Snorri’s first album in Icelandic since Sprengjuhöllin’s heyday is called “Vittu til” and it was released in 2016.  “Vittu til” received nominations for songwriter of the year, song of the year and album of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards.  The album includes radio hits “Einsemd”, “Vittu til” and “Það rúllar”. In 2017 Snorri recorded an album of ten Icelandic folk songs based on the Icelandic folk tale heritage that he had been writing for the previous three years. Snorri was nominated for songwriter, lyricist and album of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2018 for the album and the album artwork by Icelandic artist Þrándur Þórarinsson was nominated for Best Artwork.


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