Jón "Jónsi" Þór Birgisson is an exceptional musician, whose signature move is playing guitar with a cello bow. Often praised as an otherworldly angel, Jónsi in fact does strike a lot like one because of his angelic falsetto voice.
Jónsi is the front man of the Icelandic post rock band Sigur Rós whose music has achieved a jaw dropping success. Normally bands that sing in their own mother tongue have less chance of becoming known all around the world - Sigur Rós breaks that rule. Their gibberish sounding lyrics and soul grabbing, esthetic music has earned them a well deserved success.
Sigur Rós didn't receive much attention until after 1999's Ágætis byrjun. A British journalist described the album 'like God weeping tears of gold in heaven.' In 2002 the band released an untitled album in Hopelandic language (aka. glossolalia), that basically had no meaning and lyrics were not to be found anywhere. The idea behind was to make people interpret the music and sounds in their own way, write their own lyrics.
Jónsi has been involved in many music projects since the creation of Sigur Rós in 1992. 7 albums on his hand, collaborations with the movie industry resulting in several movie soundtracks, collaborations with his long term boyfriend Alex, as well as solo performances.
TonePrints by Jónsi
Videos with Jónsi
Jonsi Interview pt.1
Jonsi Interview pt.2