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Photo: Kristinn Magnússon

Home at last Almost three years have passed since the release of Ásgeir’s debut album, Dýrð í dauðaþögn, a collection of breathtaking songs that soon became the fastest selling debut in Iceland.

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ant to practice yoga in a fish factory? A new yoga studio, Sólir, opens its doors in April in a former fish factory on Fiskislóð 53-55 in the downtown harbor area. The studio is owned by Sólveig Þórarinsdóttir, a former stockbroker and now a yoga teacher and author of the book Yoga for everybody (Jóga fyrir alla). Classes offered at the Sólir yoga studio include Hot Yoga, Hot Vinyasa, Ashtanga,

Yin Yoga, Kundalini and Yoga Nidra. All classes are either hot or heated. You can also find weekly meditation classes led by Icelandic artist Tolli (more about Tolli on pages 24-28). Sólir Yoga Studio is open all days of the week so feel free to drop by and relax. For more information check out www.solir.is

His lyrics were translated by John Grant and an English-language version, In the Silence, was re­­ leas­­ed in Europe, Asia, Australia and USA in the beginning of 2014. The album reached #1 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart upon release in the US and in num­­erous countries it reached top 10 on iTunes. Amazon has even named Ásgeir one of their “Artists to Watch in 2015” ex­­­claim­­ ing that his “soft coo tran­­scends borders.” Ásgeir (or Ásgeir Trausti as us Icelanders like to call him) has

now returned home after touring around the world. He’s decided to say thank you to all his fans by giving two big shows at the Harpa Concert Hall on June 16, the day before Iceland’s National Day. Ásgeir is planning to put on his greatest shows to date, with full band, horns, strings and visu­als. These will be Ásgeir’s last shows in Iceland to follow up on Dýrð í dauðaþögn / In the Silence but Europe will still have the opportunity to catch him this summer at selected festivals.

Check out www.asgeirmusic.com for more information.

International Filmmaker of the Year

Photo: Bragi Þór Jósefsson

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WOW Power to the people

Icelandic filmmaker and director Baltasar Kormákur’s star has been rising and he will receive the “International Filmmaker of the Year” Award at the CinemaCon festival in Las Vegas on April 20-23. CinemaCon, an official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, has grown to become the largest and most important gathering for the worldwide motion picture theater industry attracting attendees from more than 80 countries. Baltasar is now working on his biggest project to date, Everest, which will be premiered late September. The first teasers from the film will be shown at CinemaCon. Congratulations Baltasar!

WOW magazine issue two 2015  

Issue two of WOW magazine is dedicated to Icelandic art and design. Oooh and airplanes!