|Photo: Joel Friðfinnsson||Author: Joel Friðfinnsson, Geysir, MB
An intimate in-home concert featuring world-renowned jazz guitarist Björn Thoroddsen was held in Arborg on February 11, 2015. The concert, which was graciously hosted by David Gislason and Judy Richardson in their home, drew a crowd of nearly 55 enthusiastic concert-goers. It took place in David and Judy's basement, which is partitioned in a way that provided ample seating and great acoustics. Björn Thoroddsen, who is known worldwide for his mastery on the jazz guitar, is a favourite in the Icelandic community in North America, having performed here numerous times over the years.
The concert ran for about an hour and opened with welcoming remarks from David and Judy, followed by an introduction of Björn Thoroddsen by Ambassador Hjálmar Hannesson, Consul General of Iceland in Winnipeg. The audience was treated to instrumental guitar medleys of songs by The Beatles and Rolling Stones, a song introduced by Björn as an Icelandic tango, and, to flex his jazz muscles, a rendition of Duke Ellington’s Caravan. Following the concert, there was coffee and fellowship. This unique and unforgettable event in Arborg will surely be remembered by all those in attendance.