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Kristján Kristjánsson (KK)

Kristján Kristjánsson (KK)

Fæddist við upptök Mississippi árinnar í Minneapolis, Minneasota árið 1956 en fluttist 10 ára til Íslands. Hann lærði á gítar í Reykjavík m.a. hjá Gunnari H. Jónssyni. Hann varð þátttakandi í íslensku blúsbyltinguna á áttunda áratugnum þegar hann lék með Blús Kompaníið á munnhörpu. Árið 1977 fluttist hann til Svíþjóðar þar sem hann gekk í tónlistar lýðháskóla og Musikhögskolan i Pitea og Malmö. Hannn kom heim 1990 og hefur búið hér síðan. Á árunum 1985 -1990 var hann götumúsíkant, Busker, á götum Evrópu.

Eftirfarandi er útgefin tónlist með KK:

Lucky One 1991
Bein Leið 1992
Hótel Föröyar 1993
Gleðifólkið 1995
Ómissandi Fólk 1996 (með Magga Eiríks)
Heimaland1997
Kóngur Einn Dag 1999 (með Magga Eiríks)
Lifað og Leikið 2000 (tónleika plata með Magga Eiríks)
Galfjaðrir 2001 Safnplata v. 10 ára útgáfu afmælis
Paradís 2002
22 Ferðalög 2003 (með Magga Eiríks)
Fleiri Ferðalög 2005 (með Magga Eiríks)
Jólin eru að Koma 2005 með Ellen Kristjáns
Blús 2006
Langferðalög 2007 (með Magga Eiríks)
Svona eru menn 2008
Jólin 2011 með Ellen Kristjáns

KK hefur spilað og gert tónlist fyrir leikhús, sjónvarp, kvikmyndir o.fl.

Árið 2002 kom út bókin “KK, þangað sem vindurinn blæs” eftir Einar Kárason.

Born 1956 in Minneapolis, Minneasota moved to Iceland when he was 10. Took guitar lessons as a child in Reykjavik. Was part of the blues revival in Iceland in the seventies playing blues harmonica. In 1977 he moved to Sweden and studied at the Piteå and Malmö Academy of Music. In 1986 he left his wife and two young children and went busking the streets of Europe. Later that year, in Hamburg, he joined rhythm ’n’ blues group Red Archibald and the Internationals on guitar for a 2 month tour of Germany.In 1987 he went back to Sweden for his family and together they went out on the road busking, during which time he formed The Grinders with Professor Washboard and Derrick “Big” Walker. The family moved back to Iceland 1990 and has lived there since.

Over the course of his relatively short career, KK has earned more then 20 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, 2 Icelandic Music Academy Awards and a score of nominations for a catalog running from 1991’s Lucky One up to today.

In 1991 he was asked to write and perform music for Reykjavík Metropolitian Theater in a play based on John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath”. It was played to sold out crowds all through the winter and is still considered one of the theater’s most successful projects.
He has since written music and performed for films, television, theater and so on.

In 2002 he was approaced by Icelands leading publishers, EDDA Útgáfa hf, for the rights to his biography. It was written by top class author Einar Kárason and titled: “KK – Where the Wind Blows”. It became a best-seller.

Discography:

Lucky One 1991 (music from the busking years)
Bein Leið 1992 (music from “Grapes of Wrath” play)
Hótel Föröyar 1993
Gleðifólkið 1995,
Ómissandi Fólk 1996 (with Magnús Eiríksson)
Heimaland 1997
Kóngur Einn Dag 1999 (with Magnús Eiríksson)
Lifað og Leikið 2000 (live with Magnús Eiríksson)
Galfjaðrir 2001 (compilation album)
Paradís 2002
Upphafið 2002 (The Grinders recordings from the 80’s)
22 Ferðalög 2003 (songs from the 50’s with Magnús Eiríksson)
Fleiri Ferðalög 2005 (songs from the 60’s with Magnús Eiríksson)
Jólin eru að Koma 2005 (with sister Ellen Kristjánsdóttir)
KK Blús 2006
Langferðalög 2007
Svona eru menn 2008
Jólin 2011 with Ellen Kristjánsdóttir
Jólatónleikar með KK & Ellen 2011 – DVD
Á Æðruleysinu 2015 – CD+DVD Documentary