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Glenn Miller - Reykjavík Jazz Festival
Glen-Miller-bandThe Glenn Orchestra is without a doubt the most legendary jazz orchestra in history. It's repertoire pinpoints the time when pop music and jazz where one and the same. Songs like "In the Mood" or "Moonlight Serenade" confirm this sentiment.

The Reykjavik Big Band starts of its residency in Harpa Concert Hall with a tribute to this fantastic band. Thor Breidfj0rd (National Theater's star of Les Miserables) in the role of singers Tex Beneke and Ray Eberle, local favorite female singing group Borgardætur as The Andrews Sisters and an Icelandic version of the male quartet The Moderneers.

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Herman Van Veen - A certain tenderness
Herman-van-veenFor almost half a century, Herman van Veen has travelled the world with his very personal performances.
From Amsterdam to Tokyo he has played large concert halls, smaller halls, pubs, churches, city squares, always rebellious and always swimming upstream.

"A tender anarchist", Daniel Pantchenko once wrote. Samuel Beckett thought him to be "the personification of a poem". Georges Moustaki described him as "a man who acts as if he only wants to entertain us".

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Tord Gustavsen Quartet
GustavsenTord Gustavsen made a memorable impact on the international scene with his trio album on ECM in 2003 (Changing Places). Immediately critics showered him with favorable reviews finding his music to enhance the core of jazz, being gentle and robust at the same time. He continued to explore the trio format with two more albums (The Ground 2005 and Being There 2007) before expanding his group. He is also a prolific musicologist and explores how one deals with the musical inspiration of the moment on the one hand, while figuring out the progress of the composed music on the other.
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The Iceland Expo Pavilion
EXPOA stunning 360 degree movie shown in Silfurberg hall all day between 10 am - 6 pm.

• The pavilion features a unique 360 degree film where the walls and ceiling form a visual unity. The film was produced by Sagafilm.

•  The film reveived much acclaim at the workld fair in Shanghai in 2010 and at the Frankfurt book fair in 2011.

•  Almost three million people have already seen the film

•  Screenings in Harpa begin on June 28th in Silfurberg hall.

For the first time this summer, Icelanders, and those visiting Iceland will have the chance to experience the atmosphere of the Iceland Expo Pavilion which was designed for the Wold fair in Shanghai in 2010. The pavilion was then raised again for the Frankfurt book fair in 2011. Now, it‘s Iceland‘s turn.

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