M’ANAM (“My Soul” in the English language) is one of the most exciting new vocal ensembles to emerge in recent years and grew naturally from the legendary ANÚNA. This is their first performance in Iceland.
Inspired by the rugged and wild landscapes of Iceland and Ireland, M’ANAM explore the intertwined connections between these two ancient cultures. Their music is innovative and new, and their voices resonate through songs spanning 1500 years of history.
M’ANAM (“My Soul” in the English language) came together for the first time in 2018. Formed from the interaction of members of the groups Olga Vocal Ensemble and the legendary Irish-based ANÚNA, they have a huge range of musical experiences, from Rock to Classical, Folk to Indie – but what excites them is the connections between the lands of Iceland and Ireland.
Their songs and texts date back as far as the 9th century, through to music created by the singers themselves and Irish composer Michael McGlynn. M’ANAM are as comfortable singing an elegy for a dead Viking in Icelandic (“Deyr Fé”) as they are reinterpreting the classic English folk song “The Sheep Stealer”. The ensemble are redefining the accepted ideas of male-voice singing with their natural, unforced sound, and their début album appeared in November 2019.
M’ANAM are featured artists on the opening track “Clarity” of the latest album release “tres” by Japanese jazz-rock ensemble mouse on the keys, and we also feature on the soundtrack of World of Warcraft (Blizzard) “Warbringers – Jaina” released in 2018.