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Before arrival from the Sugarcubes, jazz fusion band Mezzoforte was Iceland’s best-known music export. The group was produced in 1977 in a Reykjavik senior high school by Fridrik Karlsson (b. 24 Apr 1960; electric guitar), Eythór Gunnarsson (b. 9 Sept 1961; keyboards), Jóhann Ásmundsson (b. 30 March 1961; bass), and Gunnlaugur Briem (b. 8 Sept 1962; drums). They agreed upon a documenting contract with regional label Steinar, with the help of Stefán S. Stefánsson (saxophone) documented their debut record. Bjorn Thorarensen (keyboards) became a member of with time for the documenting from the music group’s second long-player. Kristinn Svavarsson (saxophone) was highlighted over the exuberant ‘Backyard Party’, that was a high 20 hit in the united kingdom in 1983. The tune was protected in america by Supplement Alpert who performed it at half-speed, apparently because he previously discovered the piece from a 45 rpm one accidentally performed at 33. The follow-up, ‘Rockall’, was just a minor strike nonetheless it was followed as a personal tune by radio graph shows in holland and UK. For a limited period, the group was located in London and in the mid-80s Mezzoforte performed the Western european jazz celebration circuit with vocalists Chris Cameron and Noel McCalla, previously with Moon and Mike Rutherford’s group. In 1990, Karlsson released a single album featuring vocalist Ellen Kristjánsdóttir and associates of Mezzoforte. Further Mezzoforte produces took a back again seat towards the associates’ outside tasks, although the music group was officially still around at the convert of the brand new millennium.

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