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New album, titled ISLANDS, to be released June 2012

Posted in News with tags , , , , on March 10, 2012 by mezzoforteband

A new Mezzoforte album, titled ISLANDS was mixed last week and is scheduled to be released in June 2012.
The album, which contains 9 original compositions by members of the band, was mostly recorded at different locations over a period of  several months in 2011, with the exception of one song, which was recorded in 2008.

The title, ISLANDS, reflects the fact that recording took place in Iceland, the Faroe Islands, the Westman Islands and Berlin (which used to be a sort of island inside the GDR).
Mixing was done by Johann Asmundsson in Studio Paradis, Reykjavik.

This, the band’s 14th studio album, is the first to feature the current 6 piece version of the touring band; Asmundsson, Briem, Gunnarsson, Gudjonsson, Studnitzky and Mueller.

The release will be followed by extensive touring in the summer and fall of 2012 and into 2013.

Facebook

Posted in News with tags , , on February 14, 2011 by mezzoforteband

Dear friends and fans.
Don’t forget to visit our facebook site where you can interact with other fans, participate in discussions and leave messages which are regularly read by members of the band.

German web-magazine Soul Train reviews Live in Reykjavik

Posted in News with tags , , , on December 3, 2010 by mezzoforteband

Here is a review of “Live in Reykjavik” in German.

German interview

Posted in News with tags , , , , on December 3, 2010 by mezzoforteband

This interview with the web-magazine Soul Train took place in Leverkusen, Germany, during the November 2010 tour.

Volcano

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by mezzoforteband

Eruption

As most people around the world probably know by now, there is a volcanic eruption going on in Iceland.

In the spring of 2008, 5 members of Mezzoforte spent a few days in a summer house in southern Iceland to write music for the album which is currently in the works. The nearness of Iceland’s best known and most active volcano Hekla (in plain view just a few kilometers away) sparked the idea for a song called Sleeping  Volcano. Written collectively by the band, the song was recorded later the same year in Vestmannaeyjar (another highly volcanic place in Iceland).

During our stay in the summer house we were reminded of the awesome and unpredictable power of the Mid Atlantic Ridge when an earthquake measuring 6,1 on the Richter Scale shook the wooden house so violently that we could barely keep our balance to run outside.

Little did we know that before long another neigbouring volcano under the glacier Eyjafjallajökull, less than 50 kilometers away, would erupt with the devastating consequences we see today.

The members of Mezzoforte have not been directly affected by the eruption since prevaling winds are blowing the ash away from the capital Reykjavik. However our travel plans, like those of so many others, may well be disrupted if the eruption goes on for weeks, months or even years…

New CD in progress

Posted in News with tags , , on February 28, 2010 by mezzoforteband

Mezzoforte have just completed the first stage of recordings for a new CD. In the coming weeks additional work will be done in various countries. Release is scheduled for autumn 2010.

The album will feature the four founding members, Asmundsson, Briem, Gunnarsson & Karlsson, as well as Oskar Gudjonsson, Sebastian Studnitzky, Bruno Mueller and Thomas Dyani.

7 piece band in Pécs, Berlin and Cape Town.

Posted in News with tags , , , , on February 28, 2010 by mezzoforteband

Percussion powerhouse Thomas Dyani is joining us for some of the upcoming concerts. Those of you who have seen the DVD, Live in Reykjavik, will be familiar with Thomas’s brilliant playing and vibrant stage presence.

For the concert in Pécs, Hungary, our good friend Joo Kraus replaces Sebstian Studnitzky on trumpet.

Oskar Gudjonsson, Bruno Mueller, Gulli Briem, Johann Asmundsson and Eythor Gunnarsson wil of course be present, as always.