“Her angelic, strong and interpretive voice dances over the folkish compositions and you can't help but listen intently ”
— Icelandic Music Awards Committee 2020
“...[Mikael is] a thoughtful, deft musician ready to add his voice to the roster of Scandinavians who continue to sculpt a distinctive jazz sound.”
— Franz A. Matzner, All about Jazz
“In a hasty world it is often to overlook artists with a stark locality on their work. In this case Draumaland an Icelandic word of Dreamland we experience an infusion of icelandic folk music with electronic elements and heartwarming vocals receiving an enchanting result from a dynamic young duet ”
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Tendra’s music combines the music of a singer/songwriter and melodic jazz. The band's originality comes from their diverse musical backgrounds while the band members’ common passion for jazz allows the music to open up for improvisation and the unexpected.
Instrumentation varies between songs but the band focuses on voice, guitar and effects, as well as keys, bass and minimalistic percussion.
The melodies are friendly and showcase experimental textures at times while the storytelling-style of the Icelandic lyrics range from a “casual conversation” writing style to being poetic, picturesque and expressive. Tendra has also began composing in English.
Tendra was founded in the beginning of the year 2020 by guitarist Mikael Máni Ásmundsson and vocalist Marína Ósk.
Record label Smekkleysa released Tendra's debut album in November 2020,
but the album was granted funding from three foundations in Iceland;
Hljóðritasjóður Rannís, Upptökusjóður STEFs and Tónlistarsjóður.
In the summer of 2021 Tendra produced an online short-concert series which they released in collaboration with albumm.is,
a leading online news platform, focusing on emerging artists and new Icelandic music. They also released the concert series as a live album on streaming platforms, under the name "Nordica Sessions".