Andrés Thor is considered by critics to be one of Icelands finest jazzguitarist of his generation. His music combines the eloquence of the guitar-led jazz tradition with a zesty, rock-imbued drive. On “Paradox”, his 6th album as a leader he presents original compositions that blend the guitarists positively ambrosial tonal pallett with the elegant harmonic substance and incisive, ornamented cross-rhythms of the international quartet on the album that features collaborators from Iceland, UK and the USA.
Andrés began his musical studies at age 12 in his hometown Hafnarfjordur, a little harbour
town nearby Reykjavík, Iceland. At first his influences where glitter rock and Hippie rock
bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Bon Jovi. In his teens Andres first
heard the music of John Coltrane and Pat Metheny wich led him to more and more
fascination with jazz music. Soon he started studying with some of Icelands finest jazz
educators at the FIH music school. After graduating from there his musical quest brought
him to study at the Koninklijk Conservatorium (The Royal Conservatory) in The Hague, The
Netherlands in the year 2000. Andres finished his BM in spring 2004 and his Masters degree
in the spring of 2006. In Holland Andres studied under the guidance of Wim Bronnenberg,
Peter Nieuwerf, Eef Albers, John Ruocco and Hein v/d Geyn as main teachers but also
attended workshops and masterclasses lead by musicians such as Michael Brecker, Kurt
Rosenwinkel, John Abercrombie and Avishai Cohen as well as performing with the late great
Michael Brecker and the Royal Conservatory big band at a concert held in City Hall in The
Living and studying in the Netherlands lead to the first cd featuring Andrés as a co-leader;
“It was a very good year” (WW&T 2004) by the organ trio “Wijnen, Winter & Thor” and
featured songs by Andrés and organ player Bob Wijnen and one collectively composed piece
by the trio.
Since then Andrés has been based and working in and out of Iceland and has released five
albums under his own name and a handful of albums in collaboration. He has been active in
various collective projects and as a sideman with bands like ASA trio, Icewegian, The Viking
Giant Show, BonSom, Andreas Dreier quartet and Music with Z to name a few.
Andres Thor has been an active performer and educator in Iceland and has performed in Scandinavia,
Europe and in the USA as well as
performing as a session musician in studios, at concerts
and in theater productions where he doubles on mandolin, banjo and steel guitars.