Eyr Gunnarsson


Born in Reykjavik september 9th Eythor started playing the piano at an early age,
taking private lessons on and off until the age of 12.
After one year of trumpet lessons he acquired a YAMAHA organ and the course was set.
Early influences included rock groups Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Gentle Giant.
School friend Fridrik Karlsson introduced him to the music of Chick Corea's Return To Forever, Weather Report and other fusion greats, and the two youngsters soon teamed up with bassist
Johann Asmundsson and drummer Gulli Briem to form Mezzoforte.
After graduating from college in 1981, music became a full time occupation,
Mezzoforte being the main interest, but session work with various pop artists
providing the income. The success of his composition Garden Party in 1983
opened up a world of possibilities for Mezzoforte who have toured extensively
in Europe and Asia ever since. In recent years the acoustic piano has become
Eythors main instrument and collaborations with many of Iceland's leading jazz-musicians
have made him the most recorded sideman in Icelandic jazz-history.
He has also played with many visiting jazz musicians in Iceland, including
Frank Lacy, Jens Winter, Mads Vinding, Doug Raney, Tommy Smith and others.
In 1991 Eythor toured with American singer Randy Crawford and in 1994
he was one of two Icelandic representatives in the Scandinavian jazz-sextet
Jazz Of CHORS. Other musical activities include record production and
arranging for many of Iceland's top pop artists.
Eythor has received several Icelandic Music Awards both as a Keyboardist and Jazz- Musician.


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