Jónsi is the stage name adopted by Jón Þór Birgisson – front man, vocalist and guitarist of Icelandic band Sigur Rós - for his solo projects. With his boyfriend Alex Somers he released “Riceboy Sleeps” in 2009, under the name Jónsi & Alex, an ambient album featuring the string quartet Amiina and the Kópavogsdætur choir. The opening track, “Happiness”, had previously been featured on charity compilation “Dark Was The Night”.
In 2010, Jónsi released his first solo album, “Go”, with string arrangements by Nico Muhly. The delicately produced baroque pop album was issued by XL Recordings in April of that year. The special edition included “Go Quiet”, a 45-minute film directed by Dean DeBlois (director of “Heima”) with the songs off the album played acoustically at the musician's home in Reykjavík on New Year's Eve 2010. Besides these projects, he also collaborated on the film “How To Train Your Dragon” with the track “Sticks & Stones”. He has also sung on tracks by The Album Leaf and DJ Tiësto. His most recent work is the composition of the soundtrack for Cameron Crowe's “We Bought A Zoo”.
“Go” (XL Recordings, 2010)
“We Bought A Zoo” (Columbia, 2011)
As Jónsi & Alex
“Riceboy Sleeps” (Parlophone, 2009)