New album!

Joined by Pierre Perchaud (FR) guitar, Hilmar Jensson (IS) guitar, Mats Eilertsen (NO) bass

Available on CD, Vinyl and download from Bandcamp.

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In the Studio

As you may have noticed, I've recorded a new album. I took the above photo of my kit at the studio, Sundlaugin in Mosfellsbaer, Iceland (known by some as "the Sigur Rós studio"). We had a blast recording there. Pierre's guitar was acting wierd after the flight, so luckily the studio is like a musical instrument museum and he found plenty of guitars to try.

Luckily Kjartan Kjartansson, the engineer I've worked with more than any other in my life, was with me every step of the way.

Have a Listen
SG Trio + Verneri

When Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio was invited to perform in Finland last November, she jumped at the opportunity to involve one of our favorite trumpet players, Verneri Pohjola. After our performances we took up residence at the Sibelius Academy recording studio, the result of which can be heard here.

We just had a great reunion on the Reykjavik Jazz Festival. Stay tuned to Sunna's website for more tour dates.

Below: Toggi Jónsson acclimates to the converted barn.

ASA Trio + Jóel

This past May at the Garðarbær Jazz Festival, ASA Trio debuted a new project with the addition of saxophonist Jóel Pálsson. We've since played several times with him and who knows what comes next?

You can peruse the existing ASA discography here.

The New Quartet

The inspiration for this quartet came from a few different sources. First, I had the great fortune to play a couple of times with legendary guitarist John Abercrombie, and it was really that experience and afterwards while composing I realized I was hearing his guitar through what I was playing on the piano. Read more about this project on my Bandcamp page.

Write a Book? Who, me?

For a few years I've been toying with the idea of writing some sort of drum book that would tie together some of my ideas about creativity in drumming and how I approach teaching. I'm still toying with it, but now I have a grant so I kind of have to make it. Stay tuned!



Date Artist Venue Location
26.aug.18 ASA Trio Harpa, Elborg (B3 benefit) Reykjavik, Iceland
5.sep.18 Scott McLemore Quartet Reykjavik Jazz Festival, Tjarnabíó Reykjavik, Iceland
6.sep.18 Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio + Verneri Pohjola Reykjavik Jazz Festival, Tjarnabíó Reykjavik, Iceland
9.sep.18 Andrés Þor & Miro Herak TBA Eskifjörður, Iceland
11.sep.18 Andrés Þor & Miro Herak Kex Hostel Reykjavik, Iceland
2.oct.18 Una Stefánsdóttir Kex Hostel Reykjavik, Iceland
14.nov.18 Petter Wettre & Ólafur Jónsson Múlinn Jazzclub, Harpa Reykjavik, Iceland


In the begining...

Scott McLemore (b. Feb. 1, 1973 Norfolk, VA) is a drummer based in Reykjavik, Iceland. He began playing music professionally at age 16 with a rock band in high school and joined the rock/funk band Ant Man Bee in 1990 with which he recorded an album and toured the east coast playing the college circuit.

McLemore attended the University of Virginia's Writers Workshop in 1990 where he met trumpeter John D'earth. McLemore has since performed countless times with D'earth in various groups and has also brought the trumpeter to New York to perform at the Knitting Factory.

He attended Old Dominion University 1992-93 where he studied with John Toomey and also studied drums privately with Howard Curtis. He started performing with Toomey and bassist Jimmy Masters around the same time, which was the real education.

In 1993 Scott transfered to William Paterson College and started playing jazz professionally in nearby New York City. It was at WPC that he met his future wife and long-time co-conspirator pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs. In 1997 he graduated from William Paterson College with a B.M. in Jazz Studies where he studied drums with John Riley, composition with Vic Juris and had various ensembles lead by Rufus Reid et al. While attending WPC he also toured the US with guitarist Tim Reynolds.

In 1997 he moved to Brooklyn, NY where he played with such talented musicians as: Ben Monder, Michael Kanan, Tony Malaby, Angelica Sanchez, Russ Lossing, Chris Cheek, George Colligan, Kerry Politzer, John Hebert, Mark Helias, Drew Gress and Tim Berne.

In 2005 he and Gunnlaugs moved to Iceland, where he quickly became part of the thriving jazz scene, but also began branching out to mainland Europe performing with musicians such as bassist Nicolas Moreaux and saxophonist Angelika Niescier.

His work as a leader has resulted in three albums: "Found Music" with Tony Malaby, Ben Monder and Ben Street (released 2006) on Fresh Sound New Talent Records, "Remote Location" with Sunna Gunnlaugs, Óskar Guðjónsson, Andrés Thor and Róbert Þórhallsson (released 2012) on Sunny Sky Records, and "The Multiverse" with Hilmar Jensson, Pierre Perchaud and Mats Eilertsen (released 2018) on Sunny Sky Records.