B i o g r a p h y
Sigmar Matthiasson is a man of many names but the one most fitting is the Bass Viking. His sound is best described as a magnificent blend of hardcore groove and colorful melodies with influences ranging from Megadeth and Led Zeppelin to Jaco Pastorius and Ray Brown.
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sigmar started playing bass around the age of 16. He was first introduced to jazz when studying at the F.I.H. School of Music where he graduated from in 2012. Today Sigmar is furthering his jazz studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he studies with Jeff Carney, Reggie Workman and LeeAnn Ledgerwood among others.
Sigmar has been an active performer on the Icelandic music scene for several years, performing and/or recording with many of the most in-demand pop and jazz musicians in Iceland including Nordic folk group Silfurberg and pop band Hvar er Mjallhvít?.
His most recent project is the jazz quartet AURORA that mostly plays Matthiasson’s original compositions. In 2014 Aurora performed at the Reykjavik Jazz Festival in Iceland and the Young Nordic Jazz Comets showcase in Helsinki, Finland.
Awards and Accolates
Samfélagssjóður Valitor 2015
Eubie Blake Scholarship 2014 & 2015
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Scholarship
Dean's List 2013-2015 - The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
FÍH School of Music - 75% Scholarship academic year 2011-2012