Jón Rafnsson CV

JONJón Rafnsson (1958), founder and owner of JR Music, has been on the music scene since in his teens. Having taught himself how to play the electric bass and guitar, Jón started his career in the mid 70s by playing with rock and dance bands around the south coast of Iceland. He then began classical training on violin, piano and double bass from 1976 – 1983 and continued his double bass studies with Professor Thorvald Fredin in Stockholm, Sweden. Jón is also a qualified music teacher with a degree from the Stockholm Institut of Musicpedagogy (SMI). Since returning to Iceland from Sweden in 1990, Jón has been very active in the musical life of Iceland, performing jazz, blues, rock, classical music, playing in dance bands, for theatre shows, and taking part in many recordings.  Jón has performed with some of the world’s leading jazz musicians, including Philip Catherine (Belgium), Didier Lockwood and Sylvain Luc (France), Kazumi Watanabe (Japan), Jørgen Svare, Kristian Jørgensen and Jacob Fischer (Denmark), James Carter and Larry Coryell (USA), Richard Gillis (Canada), Ulf Wakenius, Jonas Knutsson and Nils Landgren (Sweden).  He is a member of the Icelandic trios, Guitar Islancio and DJÄSS among many other projects and is also working as a bass teacher.