HEAR PALMER 2017
By Einar Scheving Quartet
Every spring, the new assemblage of Château Palmer and Alter Ego gives rise to an event: Hear Palmer, an interpretation of the current vintage, before an audience, in the barrel cellar, by renowned jazz artists.
For the 9th edition of Hear Palmer, the Einar Scheving Quartet brought us on a stroll between Iceland and Château Palmer to unveil the 2017 vintage.
Einar Scheving is a drummer/composer from Reykjavik, Iceland. He started playing professionally at the age of fifteen and soon became one of the country’s foremost drummers.
Einar has been gaining attention for his compositional vision and is a three-time winner of the Icelandic Music Awards, including two best albums.
His albums have received rave reviews in Iceland and the foreign press:
“One of the most sublime beautiful albums I’ve heard. Magical, dreamlike, a pleasant sense of drifting through space. Highly recommended.” Dave Sumner, allaboutjazz.com ★★★★★
“An album that captures [Iceland’s] soul.” Jan Gradvall, Dagens Industri, Sweden ★★★★★
“No less than the best introduction to the music and culture of Iceland, which you could want or even imagine.” IJ.Biermann, nordische-musik.de ★★★★★
The Einar Scheving Quartet comprises some of Iceland’s finest musicians. Besides Einar Scheving, the other members are:
Skúli SverrissonSkúli Sverrisson is an acclaimed composer and bassist, who has worked with the likes of Allan Holdsworth, Lou Reed, David Sylvian, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Olof Arnalds, Johann Johannsson, and Laurie Anderson, as well as having been a member of the groups Pachora and Alas No Axis.
Eythor GunnarssonEythor Gunnarsson started playing the piano at an early age. With his teenage friends he founded the band Mezzoforte and the success of his song Garden Party in 1983 opened up possibilities for the band, which has toured Europe and Asia since. Eythor is the most recorded sideman in Icelandic jazz history.
Óskar GuðjónssoSaxophonist Óskar Guðjónsson has performed and recorded with a variety of musicians in over 40 countries in 5 continents. His collaborators include, among others, Mezzoforte, Jim Black, Trygve Seim, and Skúli Sverrisson. Óskar has recorded 15 studio albums as a solo artist or as a member of his band, ADHD.
"I’m very grateful for having had the opportunity to play with my quartet at the ninth annual Hear Palmer last year. Everyone in the band was very happy about this one-of-a-kind experience and the dedication and quality of everything regarding the event was second to none. The hospitality of everyone at Chateau Palmer also made us feel welcome from the first minute, and the tour of the Chateau was fascinating and memorable. Playing a concert in the unique, yet fine acoustics in the wine cellar was something to remember and the audience was just great. To top off the experience, the Michelin-star dinner at the Chateau following the concert was perfect."