Iceland Naturally Presents
Reykjavik Calling ft. Salt Cathedral
Free Entry. First Come, First Serve.
This September, “Taste of Iceland” is taking over Brooklyn for a four-day celebration of Icelandic cuisine, art, design and culture. The interactive celebration showcasing the best of Iceland will offer attendees an experiential glimpse into the inspirational elements of Icelandic culture. Gourmands, film enthusiasts, design devotees, bibliophiles, concert-goers and art aficionados will all find an Icelandic experience to appreciate throughout the long-weekend festivities.
Attendees can experience authentic Icelandic cuisine at Norman, attend an Icelandic short-film screening at Nitehawk Cinema, gain a better understanding of Iceland’s evolving design industry during a pop-up design event at Artists and Fleas, learn about Iceland’s robust storytelling culture during a literature event at Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers, rock out to Icelandic music during the Reykjavik Calling concert at Knitting Factory Brooklyn and become versed in Icelandic art during a free discussion at Okay Space Gallery.
Presented by radio partner WFUV 90.7 FM, New York’s source for music discovery, Icelandic-American concert known as Reykjavik Calling will feature Icelandic artists Fufanu, whose new album Sports dropped on February 3, and Mammut, who released Kinder Versions on July 14, which has received rave reviews from international press including The Line of Best Fit. Salt Cathedral, known as the musical project of New-York based Columbian duo Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada, will share the stage with Fufanu and Mammut. The free concert takes place on Saturday, September 30 from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn; doors open at 7:00 p.m. Interested attendees are encouraged to register here to reserve their spot. Admission to this free concert is granted on a first-come, first serve basis. Guests must be over 18 to attend.
Big Waves / Small Waves, the debut record from NY based Colombian-born pop outfit Salt Cathedral is set for release in 2017. Heavily influenced by Brooklyn's Jamaican dancehall scene, the album features collaborations with dancehall legend Assassin (best known for his recent appearances on Kendrick Lamar's 'The Blacker The Berry') dub pioneer Lee Scratch Perry and Matisyahu. Set to perform at SXSW and Firefly Festival this year and with over 9 million streams on Spotify, Salt Cathedral is poised to be one of the most exciting emerging acts of 2017.
Salt Cathedral have released three EPs and two singles. Onstage, the band combines live instrumentals, electronics, and choreographed lighting to create an immersive environment of "crackling energy" (Pitchfork).
An alternative band from Iceland, Fufanu has evolved from the techno duo Captain Fufanu to include new members creating a unique blend of alternative rock sound laced with electronics.
In early 2015, Fufanu signed a recording contract with English record company One Little Indian.
The Iceland-based band have played festivals including JaJaJa Festival and Iceland Airwaves, as well as playing alongside Damon Albarn at the Albert Hall and then playing with Blur at Hyde Park.
Mammút has been making music together since they were 14-year-old teens. In this time they have refined a sound that is saturated with heavy energy and sense of melody, something that comes to the fore in their live show, which is known for its intensity. While performing they radiate with confidence and they seem to bring you an inner freedom.
Mammút gained national attention with their third and latest album "Komdu til mín svarta systir" (2013), which won them the Icelandic Music Awards for best album and was ranked #1 in all major newspapers in Iceland, as well as their song "Salt" being awarded as best song of the year. Their music video with the song Þau svæfa has been nominated for the Nordic Music Award 2015.
Mammút has signed a publishing contract with Bella Union and published River’s End, a new EP in June 2015. Mammút will publish a new LP spring 2016. Mammút will be playing at several festivals Summer/Autumn 2015, f.eks. Botanique (Brussels), Spot Festival (Denmark), End of the Road (UK), Reeperbahn (Germany), Haldern (Germany), CMJ (US), Iceland Airwaves (Iceland). They are also supporting Of Monsters And Men in their European tour Oct/Nov 2015.
Mammút is now ready for the rest of the world.