Sunna Gunnlaugs’ work has received significant critical acclaim since her 2000 release ‘Mindful’ was selected among the top 10 albums of the year by the Washington Post. Her 2003 release 'live in Europe’ reached top 10 on both Canadian and US jazz radio charts. Her 2010 release ’The Dream’ jumped to number 2 on the Canadian radio charts and reached number 20 on the US CMJ radio charts. Her albums have received extremely positive reviews in leading jazz magazines across the world such as Jazzthetik and Jazzpodium in Germany, Concerto in Austria, Jazzwize in the UK, Jazzman in France, Swing Journal & Tokyo Jazz Notes in Japan, Downbeat in the US, the online publication All About Jazz and many more. All her albums have been nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards and in 2013 she won performer of the year. She has performed at prestigious festivals such as JazzAhead in Bremen, the Kennedy Center’s Nordic Cool, The London Jazz Festival, The Oslo Jazz Festival, The Rochester International Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Rotterdam International Jazz Festival and the Belgrade Jazz Festival. She has also performed at Europe’s most important jazz clubs such as Porgy & Bess in Vienna, Unterfahrt in Munich, Bimhuis in Amsterdam and Sunset in Paris to name a few.
The Washington Post described her music as possessing "such timeless virtues as lyricism and grace… elegantly bridges soul-searching passages with an uncluttered swing." Sunna Gunnlaugs reaffirms that assesment on her latest album, "Ancestry" which features her working trio (fellow Icelander, bassist Þorgrimur Jónsson and long-time cohort, Scott McLemore on drums) with the addition of the Finnish trumpet player Veneri Pohjola. It's at once everything listeners have come to expect from this trio and another layer of melodic intricacy as the trumpeter seems to meld with the sensitivity of the trio and still push it's dynamic boundaries… Read more