Papersky #27 Iceland

Music and Nature

A few things you will notice right away about Iceland on the bus ride from the airport to Reykjavik are, to begin, the landscape is like nowhere else on Earth. You find yourself surrounded by glaciers, volcanic rocks, geysers, sky blue colored water (sometimes hot and sometimes not) waves crashing up against velvet green moss and a sky that goes on forever. But besides the fabulous sights, there is music, which in the case of both world-renowned Bjork and Sigur Ros offers arguably some of the loveliest sounds in the world. And so we went on a nature and music-themed trip to Iceland with musician Miyu Sakamoto to take the pulse of the Icelandic music scene and to photograph Iceland’s majestic flora and fauna with photographer Ariko. We’ve featured plenty of talks with artists like Múm as well as features of several other (some upcoming) Icelandic artists like Bjork, Sigur Ros, Hilma Orn, Ragnar Kjartansson, Hjatalin, Retro Stefson, Ari Alexander and Isafold. We also made it to some of the fine record shops like 12Tonar and Smekkleysa, stopped by the Iceland Academy of the Arts and even the offices of the IMX as well as some live houses and even the Nattura Concert and a Iceland Air Waves Music Festival. Also in the issue: a Swiss design trip, a ‘First Trip’ to cover the Cycle Messenger World Championships, the work of photographer Takashi Yasumura, a bicycle trip to Mt. Iwaki in Aomori, reports from Oregon, Sare (France) and Saitama, an interview with Kenmei Nagaoka, an ‘A to B’ from Basel to Chiasso and a short story by Bernard Gotfryd (translated by Motoyuki Shibata) plus our regular columnists.

坂本美雨さんと音楽の島、アイスランドへ ビョークやシガーロス、ムームなど、世界的に有名なミュージシャンを生みだした国、アイスランド。人口たった30万人のこの国は、どうしてこんなに音楽が盛んなのだろう。 ナビゲーターにミュージシャンの坂本美雨さんをむかえ、アイスランドのミュージシャンやレイキャヴィックの街の様子、アイスランドの大自然や文化を体験。その秘密に迫ります。