múm (pronounced [muːm], “moom”)** is an experimental Icelandic pop group whose music is characterized by soft vocals, eccentric beats and colorful effects, and a variety of traditional and unconventional instruments.
múm will be touring this fall in support of their fifth studio album, entitled Sing Along To Songs You Don’t Know, released on FatCat September 22, 2009. múm have never walked the well trodden path. Since the the beginning of múm, they have always gone their own way, the way their creativeness and their music has been excessively difficult to pin down and anticipate. Originally a duo, the band has expanded and contracted like a beating mammalian heart in the 12 years of being and has counted 15 – 20 people along the way.
The collective now consists of founding members Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason and for touring and recording, this lineup is expanded to include their friends Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson (trumpet / piano/ keyboards), Hildur Guðnadóttir (cello / vocals), Sigurlaug Gísladóttir (Vocals / ukulele/ various), Róbert Reynisson (guitars/ukulele’s) and Finlander, Samuli Kosminen (drums / percussion). The musical group sometimes extends to Ólöf Arnalds, Högni Egilsson, Ólafur Björn Ólafsson and Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir as well as a neverending family of friends and musicians who may join at the drop of a hat.
MÚM TOUR DATES
Oct 21 The Somerville Theatre – Somerville, Massachusetts
Oct 22 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 23 Black Cat – Washington DC, Washington DC
Oct 24 Le Poisson Rouge – NY, New York
Oct 25 Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, Massachusetts
Oct 26 Le National – Montreal, Quebec
Oct 27 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, Ontario
Oct 28 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, Illinois
Oct 29 McGuire Theater – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 1 Marquee Room – Calgary, Alberta
Nov 2 Richards on Richards – Vancouver, British Columbia
Nov 3 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, Washington
Nov 4 Aladdin Theater – Portland, Oregon
Nov 5 The Independent – San Francisco, California
Nov 6 El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, California
Nov 7 Yost Theatre – Santa Ana, California