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Icelandic Nominees for Nordic Council Music Prize

Icelandic composer and saxophone player Jóel Pálsson and composer and bass player Skúli Sverrisson are among the 12 Nordic musicians nominated for the respected Nordic Council Music Prize this year.


From a concert in Iceland. The photo is not related to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.

The theme for 2011 is:

“Individual musicians (instrumentalists or vocalists), who have achieved innovation in music with improvisation as a bearing element, and whose efforts are co-creative and important for the form, sound and context of the musical expression. The nominees must have been worthy of attention on the Nordic or international stage within the last year (2010),” as stated on the prize’s website.

The prize, established in 1965, is administered by the Nordic House on the Faroe Islands. As the prizes granted by the Nordic Council in the field of literature, film, nature and the environment, it is worth DKK 350,000 (ISK 7.6 million, USD 65,000, EUR 47,000).

Many well-known Nordic musicians and composers have won the prize so far, including Norwegian-Sami singer Mari Boine, Icelandic composer and singer Björk, trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg from Denmark, the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and the Swedish conductor Eric Ericsson.

This year’s winner will be announced on June 1 and the prize will be presented to him or her at the Nordic Council Congress in Copenhagen in November.

Click here to read more about the prize and nominees and here to read other recent music awards news.

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