Gulli Gudmundsson

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Gulli Gudmundsson (Born 1971) is an Icelandic double bass player settled in Holland. Since his arrival in 1993 he has earned himself an opinion of an exellent player with a distinctive sound, which allowed him cooperation with some of the most prominent Dutch musicians.

 

The projects he has been involved in range from Rocky Horror Picture Show (Reykjavik `91) to European Jazz Youth Orchestra (summer 2000) and Eric Vloiemans Quintet.

After trying out several studies such as recording engineering and philosophy he settled on the Royal Conservatory in the Hague where he finished a masters degree (UM) in jazz double bass playing spring `99. First with Jacques Schols and then with Hein van de Geyn and Frans van der Hoeven he learned the rudiments of his art in a multicultural environment. There he met the people who make the core of the new generation of modern European jazz.

Among the bands Gulli Gudmundsson plays with currently are Eric Vloeimans Gategrash, Natasza Kurek Group, Vansina-Vanbruggen-Gudmundsson Trio, Atlandshafid, Futhark, and others.

He also has an own band, BINARY ORCHID, that focuses on his compositions and free improvisation. Prompter is a cooperation with Wolfert Brederode making music for theaters.

He has played at the North Sea jazz festival numerous times, made many tours through Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Iceland, Poland and France. Travelled with the Zenker-Kappe Quartet to Colombia (1998), Carlos Denia to Spain(1997), Joel Palsson Quintet to Canada (2000), Paivi Turpainen to Finland (2000) and Eric Vloeimans Quintet to Thailand (2002).

He took part in several competitions with the Zenker-Kappe Quartet: 1st price Dutch Jazz Competition 1997, 1st price German Jazz Competition 1997, 1st price XXIII. International Jazz Competition for Groups 1999 in Getxo, Spain (winning the first price of both the jury and the audience). Also 1st price of Dutch Jazz Competition 1995 with DiLiberto-Gesing Quartet.

Since autumn 2003, Gudmundsson is teaching double bass at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerpen.

He has appeared with Magic Malik, Claudio Puntin, Samuel Rohrer, Yuri Honing, Joost Lijbaart, Ruud Breuls, Ben Herman, Nelson Veras, Bart van Caenegem, Frank Giebels, John Engels, Airelle Besson, Stephane Galland, John Marshall, Harry Sokal, Wim Bronnenberg, Dave Liebman, Glen Corneille, Bill Dobbins, Fritz Landesbergen, Frans Elsen, Ack van Royen, Jasper Blom, Menno Daams, Tim Kliphuis, Wolfert Brederode, Poul Heller, Cees Slinger, Tom Beek, Ed Verhoeff, Ilja Reingoud, Kristina Fuchs, Sigurdur Flosason, Rob van de Broek, Rob Madna, Toon Roos, Bubbi Morthens, Swinging Europe (European Jazz Youth Orchestra 2000), Martijn van Itterson, Stefaan Debevere, Jeroen Van Vliet, Bruno Vansina, Eric Ineke, Erik Vloeimans, Natasza Kurek, Hilmar Jensson, Jozef Dumoulin, Rob van Kreefeld, Hans van Oosterhout, Dick de Graaf, Jasper van 't Hof, Anton Goudsmith, Angelo Verploegen, Masja Bijlsma, Tony Lakatos, Christoph Erbstosser, Rob van Bavel, Ben van der Dungen, Arnoud Gerritsen, Daniel Janke, Lieven Venken, Martijn Vink, Robert Rook, Bert Joris, Mike Del Ferro, Natalie Lauriers, Wim Kegel, Tilmar Junius, Gijs Hendriks, Rolf Delfos, Jerry van Royen and the Dutch Jazz Orchestra.