Free Concert at BRAC by Icelandic Singer/Songwriter MUGISON

Free Concert at BRAC by Icelandic Singer/Songwriter MUGISON

NEW YORK – Impulsively nomadic and creatively restless, Icelandic artist Mugison is the kind of post-modern dude that flows with the flux - one of those ants-in-the-pants artists that naturally negates stagnation and actively seeks out new challenges.

His two key albums to date - 2003's Lonely Mountain and 2005's Mugimama: Is This Monkey Music? (released on Matthew Herbert's Life? and Accidental & IPECAC labels, respectively) are significant snapshots of the Icelander's maverick style. Delightfully shambolic, they evince both a passion for provocative sonic mischief, as well as good old-fashioned songwriting.

In the three years since touring Mugimama, he settled in Sudavik, a miniscule fishing village in the remote Westfjords, raised a family, traded his laptop for a flesh-and-blood rock-and-roll band, and set about reinventing himself and his sound. He studied artists like Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Aphex Twin, Tom Waits, Sepultura, worked 16 hours a day, started drinking and smoking again, and didn't just flirt with a nervous breakdown, but got into bed with one and spent quite a bit of time fighting to get back out. The result is his third release Mugiboogie – a schizophrenic modern classic, brimming with emotion and freighted with recognizable musical references. Mugiboogie is a mind-trip back to yesteryear, when music was free from categorization, when gothic guitars towered and scintillated, and when you could hear guts being spilled out all over the record.

Now, Mugison is back for an ambitious set of shows in New York and a newfound partnership with Amnesty International, to create awareness and support for the pioneering worldwide human rights organization. In association with local art and music collectives, Mugison will play one free concert in each of New York's five boroughs in one day, on August 18th. A limited-edition event poster will be offered at the shows, and proceeds will benefit Amnesty International.

Tuesday, August 18th Show Schedule:

12:00pm Staten Island Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
2:00pm Queens The Silent Barn
5:00pm Bronx Bronx River Art Center
8:30pm Manhattan City Winery
11:00pm Brooklyn Pete's Candy Store |

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