Dingdong Kingdom

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It only takes a heavy guitar riff to make people turn around. As Borko played around a bit while setting up their stuff in a short alleyway, they soon attract a small crowd of Turkish men, including the operator of a kebab stand peaking in from the back. One guy takes pictures, the others talk about the unfamiliar scene of a band playing in this busy place, surrounded by cars in the back and with trains passing by above them. Just before the end of “Dingdong Kingdom” a man abruptly stops behind the band, takes off his jacket and makes an expression as if he had something in his head, some idea to interact with this whole scenery. However, when the song is finished he just takes his bag and goes off, leaving a strange feeling of incompletion. Borko mastermind Björn Kristjánsson, a music teacher in an elementary school in Reykjavik, Iceland, is up for a second song, so we spontaneously barge into a nearby art gallery together with his bandmates, where the opening of a new exhibition was taking place that evening. Few people are left in the small room, but those who remained until the end of the vernissage are unexpectedly treated with the slowly building “Spoonstabber” from Borko’s album “Celebrating Life”. Borko not only get their round of applause after their short set, but also some extra-catering in the form of remaining sandwiches from the vernissage.


  • Posted: January 26, 2009
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Simon Brugner
  • Photography: Simon Brugner