Andrés Thor Mónókróm Quartet
With elements of jazz, pop, bluegrass and folk music, guitarist Andres Thor's album Mónókróm has been described by eMusic's curator as a "Nordic version of Bill Frisell's Americana jazz sound." The album has received great reviews and drawn attention internationally for its broad spectrum of soundscapes and moods.
Mónókróm features Thor's quartet performing 10 originals that blend guitar, piano, dobro, wurlitzer, lap steel, pedal steel, pump organ, celeste, mellotron, double bass, drums and percussion. The result is a varied and luxurious soundscape, or as Tokyo Jazz Notes say "... an album rich with various different shades and tones that warrants repeated listens. Magical. "
The album earned Andrés Thor three nominations for the 2012 Icelandic Music Awards (Album of the Year, Composer of the Year and Composition of the Year) in jazz catagory. Now being released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by the German label Nordic Notes (Beste! Unterhaltung), more frequent tours of Europe are in the works.
Thor's working quartet with pianist Agnar Magnusson, bassist Thorgrimur "Toggi" Jónsson and drummer Scott McLemore have developed a relationship over many years of playing together in various musical settings. In the words of critic Stephan Moore (Jazzwrap.com) "Mónókróm is a strong work from a group that knows each other inside and out."
Having four albums as a leader and a variety of collective and sideman projects under his belt, Andrés Thor has been an active performer and composer in Iceland where he is considered one of the finest jazz guitarists of his generation. He has performed in Norway, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany and USA with his own groups as well as in collaborative projects with musicians from Iceland, Norway, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands.