Band | Iceland

The band’s name ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) may be somewhat confusing indeed in the face of the hypnotic effect of their music. But the musicians acknowledge that the music may even have a therapeutic effect on the group itself. As with a volcano, the energy first concentrates in the interior, only to erupt with all the more intensity and force. The music remains contemplative in jazzy flow but detached from detours and distractions which hitherto have not appeared in this form in the group’s repertoire. They increase the radical consciousness with which they play their monolithic, yet holistic, music.

It is a fragment of frozen time, a hauntingly beautiful testimony of pausing and decelerating that the Icelandic jazz quartet ADHD share with the world on their eighth album. It’s a work between melancholy, optimism, and the step into an unknown future - recorded in the time of the pandemic, which virtually forces us all to introspection and to rethink.
You can call it Jazz — but you most definitely don't have to. The band's influences include Miles Davis as well as Radiohead, Dr. John, and Steely Dan. It is almost impossible to describe their concerts along traditional musical parameters. A performance by these four friends is always an all-encompassing ritual, a magic potion of incantation dance and a phenomenon of nature. They simply produce their energy out of themselves. This unbridled stream of human vibration, which overrides all perimeters of genre and fascinates jazz fans as much as rock fans and ravers.

ADHD (Band), Óskar Guðjónsson (tenor saxophone), Ómar Guðjónsson (guitar, bass), Tómas Jónsson (keyboards), Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (drums)

31.03.2023 CH - Basel // The Bird's Eye Jazz Club AdHd 8
31.03.2023 CH - Basel // Tinguely Museum - Basel AdHd 8
01.04.2023 CH - Basel // The Bird's Eye Jazz Club AdHd 8
08.09.2023 PT - Barcelos // Jazz ao Largo AdHd 8
22.11.2023 DK - Birkerød // MantziusLive AdHd 8