Icelandicmusicologist to visit Sunday

Published on Thu, Nov 15, 2007 by Rob Olason

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Icelandic musicologist to visit Sunday

By Rob Olason

Icelandic musicologist, Dr. Bjarki Sveinbjörnsson, is traveling across North America this winter to discuss – and research –the musical heritage of Icelandic settlers.

He will stop in Blaine on Sunday, November 18. He is presenting a talk on Icelandic settler’s musical activities at 3 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church, 702 G Street.

Dr. Sveinbjörnsson has been working for the last three years with Dr. Jon Hrolfur Sigurjonsson to collect information on the musical activities of Icelandic settlers for the new Icelandic Music History Museum.

He is also interested in hearing about Icelandic musicians who lived in Blaine. Two musicians who resided in Blaine that he has researched are Helgi Sigurdur Helgason, noted as a Seattle area conductor and Thordis Ottenson Gudmunds, who has composed numerous songs.

Dr. Sveinbjörnsson invites anyone who has information on area Icelandic musicians to bring their memories, letters, concert programs, recordings or photos to the meeting to further his research.

The meeting is sponsored by the Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society.

More information about the Icelandic Musicians Project is also available by visiting their web site at