Davíð Þór jónsson

Reykjavík, Iceland

Davíð Þór Jónsson was born 1978 in Seyðisfjörður, a small town in the east of Iceland. He´s the second son of Jenný and Jón, after Daníel and before Leifur and Arnar.

Music and sounds of all kinds started drawing Davíð´s attention very early on. His mother sang, played guitar and trumpet. That was a world of wonders for him and he began playing on his mothers pots and pans, and later he grabbed the guitar and played by ear. Grandfather Magnús(Jenný´s father) played the accordion, organ as well as the saw and sang with a bass-baritone voice. He was self-taught and was very musical, so music was a part of every days life in the family, and it surrounded Davíð´s childhood throughout.

He began studying piano at age 9 and ever since he´s been making a career for himself as a musician.  Studied at FÍH the musicians union school 1998-2001 and in Trondheim Musikkonservatorium in 1999-2000. Rask, Davíð´s first album, was released in 2002. Pianist, musician and composer Davíð Þór has collaborated with a whole spectrum of artist, from obscure troubadours in the countryside to stadium bands, covering all fields og music, as well as visual artist and performers both in Iceland and internationally, as a piano/keyboard-player as well as a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer and co-producer.

Mugison, Skúli Sverrisson, GusGus, Stephan Stephensen, ADHD, SJS Bigband, Eyþór Gunnarsson, Óskar Guðjónsson, Ómar Guðjónsson, Jóel Pálsson, Tómas R. Einarsson, Sigtryggur Baldursson, Helgi Sv. Helgason & Valdimar Kolbeinn in FLÍS, Curver, Högni Egilsson, Amedeo Pace and Ólöf Arnalds are amongst musicians he has/or is currently working with.

Ragnar Kjartansson is his main collaborator in visual arts and together they have made 3 big video works.  VISITORS 2012 in Rokeby upstate NY, THE END (Venice Biennale 2009) & GOD, witch Davíð composed and arranged music for. They have also done a number of perfomances together since 2006, a 12hour performance of music from Mozart´s Marriage of Figaro on Performa 11 in NY 2011, a concert-and-performance evening in Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh, Schumann Machine in Rovereto, Sorrow Conquers Happiness in Berlin and many more.

Davíð has also composed a great deal of music for Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, who does performance art based on video work. Common Nonsense is a theater group witch has made 5 performance plays in the National Theater as well as The City Theater. Davíð is a part of CN and has composed music and soundscape for the group since 2004.

Davíð has also composed music for numerous other Theater works as well as composed and arranged music for Films.

Davíð was nominated as the performer of the year 2009 by the Icelandic Music Awards, also his band ADHD was awarded for the best jazz album that same year.

His main goal in music and life is to never stop the childlike enthusiasm and constant creativity.