ADHD are four musicians from Iceland who have known one another since childhood – indeed two of them are even brothers. On their native island, with its sparse population of 300,000, they are part of a collective of creative souls which includes their partners, friends, children and relatives, with whom they realise projects revolving around their quartet, which was founded in 2009. Although it’s true that the name ADHD is taken from the familiar acronym for a hyperactivity disorder, the four Icelandic instrumentalists don’t associate their music with deficits in attention – quite the opposite in fact, as they attribute a therapeutic affect to their focussed work. In their often sprawling pieces, they indulge in long passages fuelled by driving grooves, immerse themselves in meditatively reverberating atmospheres and build up high-density, distorted webs of sound before coming back down to contemplative calm by way of long stretches of collective improvisation. ADHD are celebrating the release of their new album ADHD #6 at moers festival.
Óskar Guðjónsson – sax
Ómar Guðjónsson – g, bs
Davíð Þór Jónsson – p, synth, bs
Magnús Trygvason Eliassen – dr, perc