Orphic Oxtra

Ask anyone what they think an Icelandic act usually sounds like, and they’ll likely be thinking of something like a Brueghel landscape soundtracked by Scandinavian minimal ambient. On the other hand, Orphic Oxtra, a collective of 13 musicians from Reykjavik, draws inspiration far away from that more typical scene, laying out thrusting grooves of Balkan and klezmer-influenced orchestral music, while carrying all kinds of both traditional and unusual free-form jazz sections. Orphic Oxtra is a member of the Cassette collective in Iceland.