Ívar Páll Jónsson
Composer, Writer
creator of Revolution in the Elbow, both a concept album and a theatrical show
Music
Concept Album
From across the pond in the land of Iceland, and the mind of composer Ívar Páll Jónsson, comes this adventurous concept album.

Critically acclaimed as “a musical gem”, “the best musical soundtrack of the year” and “an amazing accomplishment” this album is quite unique. Produced by Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson, it takes you on an 18 song sonic journey through the heart and soul of Elbowville, where a story of love and revolution unfolds, as three brothers live in perfect harmony until their story turns to conflict, shaking Elbowville to its core.
The music was performed by The Revolutionary Cellular Orchestra (RCO), and features an array of guest vocalists, including Liam McCormick (The Family Crest), Hjalti Þorkelsson (Múgsefjun), Sigríður Thorlacius (Hjaltalín), Valdimar Guðmundsson (Valdimar), Arnar Guðjónsson (Leaves), Lára Rúnarsdóttir, Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson, Soffía Björg (Orfia) and Ásdís Rósa Þórðardóttir.

The record weaves an emotive storyline with the energy of a soaring rock ensemble. From dark textural moments to full out rock anthems the musical influences run deep from Radiohead and Wilco to Queen and beyond.
The record coincides with the launch of a theatre production of the same name to premiere in NYC’s Greenwich Village in August 2014.
Blog
‘The Album Release to the Globe’ at Rockwood
July
29th
2014
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Check out this video from the release of the album at Rockwood Music Hall.

7 strange and awesome things about ‘Revolution’
July
27th
2014
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Check out this story on 7 strange and awesome things about the theatrical production of Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter. Click here.

 

 

 

Album Release Show at Rockwood Music Hall
July
13th
2014
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The release concert for the album will be at Rockwood Music Hall on Tuesday, the 15th of July at 8 pm.

Come celebrate the worldwide release of the concept album by Ívar Páll Jónsson, featuring The Revolutionary Cellular Orchestra, with Liam McCormick, Soffía Björg, Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson, Ásdís Rósa and more.

With:
Rob Heath – Drums / Percussion
John Kengla – Guitar / Synth
Rob Ritchie – Electric Guitar
Bryn Roberts – Keys
Matt Basile – Bass

The concert will be on Stage 2. No Cover. The event on Facebook.

Exclusive Premiere on Crave Online: The Family Crest’s Soulful Cover of ‘Alone’
July
3rd
2014
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Crave Online Premiered yesterday The Family Crest’s cover of Alone. Liam McCormick is a one of a kind and his vocals in the original ‘Alone’ are spectacular. Ívar got in touch with Liam after hearing him on NPR’s ‘All Songs Considered’ and the rest is history.

The story on Crave Online .

The original ‘Alone’ from the concept album Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter can be found on Soundcloud.

“…a collection of everything that makes Iceland great”
May
29th
2014
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MusicBoxPete: “The collection takes an anthemic rock approach, spearheaded by the lead track off the collection called “The Legacy of Elbowville”. The song is a collection of everything that makes Iceland great, from their subtle and low-key harmonic arrangements to their extremely laid-back and carefree approach, its the expression of everything that is unique and awesome about Iceland.” See the rest at MusicBoxPete.

Revolution Announced On Playbill
May
22nd
2014
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“Directed by Bergur Þór Ingólfsson with choreography Lee Proud and music direction by Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson, the production will officially open Off-Broadway Aug. 13.

The cast will be headed by Tony winner Cady Huffman and Kate Shindle with Michael Biren, Patrick Boll, Zach Cossman, Karli DiNardo, Danielle Kelsey, Graydon Long, Brad Nacht, Josh Sassanella, Marrick Smith and Jesse Wildman.”

See more on Playbill.

Buy tickets at Ticketmaster.com.

“Revolution is just grand”
May
3rd
2014
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These words are taken from Jack Rabid’s review of the album, to be published in the print edition of The Big Takeover. Another quote from the review: “The deep production and alternation between elegiac grace, alternative pop current, and Bacharach hints makes this 18-song suite soar”.

In a review of the two songs that are already on SoundCloud, Icytopics.com writes: “All We Need Is Confidence is the standout, with smooth piano parts, clouds of strings and angelic backing vocals. It’s soaring bittersweetness is reminiscent of The Flaming Lips masterpiece Do You Realize??”

The Revolution Is Coming To New York
May
2nd
2014
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The album, Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter, is to be released in July 2014. The album release concert will be held in New York City. Artists that participated in the recording of the album will travel across the pond from Iceland, among them Ívar Páll Jónsson, composer and Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson, music producer. In addition, Liam McCormick will be joining them from San Fransisco, the only non-Icelander to sing on the album. The original intention was to have only Icelandic voices on the album. The plan changed for good reason when Ívar Páll Jónsson heard McCormick’s The Family Crest for the first time. The label releasing the album is Mother West, based in New York.

Theatre
Revolution on Stage! Reykjavik rocks New York as the album is brought to life at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York's West Village.
This surreal and philosophical story is of a small and somewhat naïve nation located in the elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson and their desire for greatness. Roiled by passion and great ambition what will this once-idyllic community find… riches, ruin or redemption? The answers in this ‘Horton Hears a Who’-like world can be found rocking the stage at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Fans of traditional musical theatre are also welcome!
The play is directed by Bergur Þór Ingólfsson who has assembled a team of great artists. Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson, producer of the album, is the musical director/supervisor, embracing the spirit and soundscape of the concept album.
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