Ske is an
Icelandic band whose origins can be traced back to 1992, when a band called "Skárren ekkert" was founded by Eiríkur Þorleifsson, Frank Hall and Guðmundur Steingrímsson, and joined by Hrannar Ingimarssonin 1998.
In 1999 they wrote the music for "NPK", a dance performance by the Icelandic Dance Company. The following year Eiríkur, Frank and Guðmundur, along with Guðmundur Hafsteinsson, wrote and performed music for Shakespeare's "A Midsummers Night Dream" at the Icelandic National Theatre's (
Þjóðleikhúsið) 50th anniversary performance. Hrannar was away in New York with Icelandic rap-band Quarashi, with whom he'd worked extensively as engineer/mixer and guitarist since 1996.
In 2002 the album "Life, Death, Happiness and Stuff" was ready, with additional performances from Kjartan Guðnason on drums, Una Sveinbjarnardóttir on violin and vocalists Jón Oddur Guðmundsson, Juri Hashimoto, Julie Couadou and Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson. The album was a cult hit, the songs Julietta 2 and Stuff were picked up by ad-agencies for national television campaigns for The
National Bank of Icelandand Icelandair. The album was also nominated as Album of the Year and 'Julietta 2' was nominated for Song of the Year and won.
In 2003 the band, now consisting of Eiríkur Þorleifsson, Frank Hall, Guðmundur Steingrímsson, Hrannar Ingimarsson, Jón Oddur Guðmundsson, Kjartan Guðnason and
Ragnheiður Gröndal, who had started singing with the band at the end of 2002, started work on new songs as well as playing dates in Scandinavia and UK, including Roskilde Festival2003. In the fall of 2003 Ske composed music for a dance piece written by Lonneke Van Leth, performed by the Icelandic Dance Company.
In 2004 Ske continued work on the new album, as well as playing some dates in UK. "Feelings are great", Ske's second album, was released by Smekkleysa in Iceland in October 2004.
In 2005 Ske played
Austin, Texas' SXSWand Denmark's SPOT-festival, as well as opening for former Led Zeppelin's Robert Plantin Reykjavik. Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttirreplaced Ragnheiður Gröndal for those dates as well as for a TV appearance on the [Icelandic National Television [RÚV] program "Hljómsveit kvöldsins", hosted by Margrét Krístin Blöndal, and Ske's fourth Icelandic Airwaves appearance.
In August 2006 Hössi Ólafsson, formerly the lead vocalist of
Quarashi, joined Ske as their lead singer.
* [http://www.ske.is/ Official website]
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