When: 7.30pm on Sunday 26 September 2010
Where: Mint Lounge, 46 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE
We’re delighted to welcome Icelandic group amiina to Manchester!
amiina are a band based in ReykjavÃk, Iceland. At present the band counts six people – Edda RÃºn Ã“lafsdÃ³ttir, Hildur ÃrsÃ¦lsdÃ³ttir, MarÃa Huld Markan SigfÃºsdÃ³ttir, SÃ³lrÃºn SumarliÃ°adÃ³ttir, MagnÃºs Trygvason Eliassen and GuÃ°mundur Vignir Karlsson (aka Kippi Kaninus). The bands origins go back to the late 1990s when four girls studying string instruments at the ReykjavÃk College of Music formed a string quartet, playing classical music, but increasingly moving on to playing all sorts of music with various bands in ReykjavÃk.
In 1999 the quartet joined Icelandic band Sigur RÃ³s on stage. The collaboration has continued ever since with amiina contributing strings to Sigur RÃ³sâ€™ music on tours and in the recording studio on the albums ( ), Takk and MeÃ° SuÃ°. In 2004 amiinaâ€™s first EP AnimaminA was released, followed by the Seoul single (2006), the album Kurr (2007), a Lee Hazlewood collaboration on a 7â€ vinyl Hilli (at the Top of…) (2008) and the limited-release EP Re Minore (2009).
In the autumn of 2007 drummer MagnÃºs Trygvason Eliassen joined amiina on tours, adding percussion to the bandâ€™s textures. A few months later, in early 2008, a collaboration between Kippi Kaninus and amiina was established while preparing a show together for the ReykjavÃk Arts Festival. The merging of Kippi Kaninus’ electronics and rhythms with amiina’s sounds and MagnÃºs’ percussion became the starting point for more established collaboration between the six musicians.
amiina play a special show in support of their new album, Puzzle, due for release on 22 September.