Broken Cycle is a collective trio made up of saxophonist Angelika Niescier from Köln, guitarist Hilmar Jensson from Reykjavík and the American drummer Scott McLemore. The music is a unique brand of organized chaos straddling the dividing line between freedom and form.

2015 saw their debut album “Broken Cycle” which received glowing reviews from the international press such as Jazz ‘n’ More in Switzerland, Jazzrytmit in Finland, Jazz Convention in Italy and it was chosen for the Europe Media Chart by Jazz Special in Denmark. Since then they have performed together both in Iceland and Europe and have begun work on a follow-up album.

Both Hilmar and Scott are well known to the Icelandic jazz audience, but although Angelika has performed in Iceland several times, many may not know that she is among the busiest bees on the German jazz scene. She has received many awards including the ECHO Jazz award in 2010 and the prestigious German Jazz Prize in 2017 and her albums win the praise of critics in Germany and abroad. Her album “Sublim III” was called “the best German jazz recording since 10 years ” by Jazzthing Magazine and they chose her 2011 album “Quite Simply” as quite simply the best album of the year.


Angelika Niescier (DE) : saxophone
Hilmar Jensson (IS) : guitar
Scott McLemore (US) : drums