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Meet Gulli Bjornsson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gulli Bjornsson.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a US-based guitarist and composer from Iceland. I am also a member of the guitar duo LINÜ with JIJI.

Please tell us about your art.
My music usually blends electronics, acoustic instruments, and visuals. I typically perform with my guitar connected to my laptop where the guitar can be processed, and the effect changes pre-programmed through a variety of programs, plugins, and effects.

When people come to my shows, I hope they see how computer programs can make your instrument sound really unique and beautiful and that they leave the concert intrigued and more open to new ideas and new technologies.

What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
After having lived in downtown Tempe for a year, I think there is some fantastic stuff going on in the Phoenix area. Being so close to ASU is amazing because they have really great students and faculty playing their heart out almost every day! I have also seen some amazing concerts at the MIM. I also played at a really great festival in February, called Oh My Ears festival.

I think right now it’s easier than ever to get your music out there, but it can be hard for non-commercial artists to showcase their art in real life. With that in mind, I really wish there was an “anything goes” sit down concert/art venue for young classical and contemporary artists in downtown Tempe.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am just about to release my first album! It will be released this summer and people can pre-order it through my Indiegogo campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gulli-s-debut-music-for-guitar-strings-and-laptop#/.

All of the pieces on the album are my own compositions for guitar, string quartet, and electronics/laptop. I worked some really great musicians from ASU, percussionist Jeremy Reynoso, and Laniakea String Quartet.

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       Image Credit:
Gulli Bjornsson
The pictures with the projector in the background are from a live concert at Film Bar as part of the OME festival 2019 – Neil Schwartz Photography.

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