Artist bio

Jn "Jnsi" r Birgisson (born April 23, 1975) is the guitarist and vocalist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rs. He is known for his use of a cello bow on guitar and his falsetto voice. He is also blind in his right eye from birth as a cause of a broken optic nerve from the brain and he is openly gay.

Apart from Sigur Rs, Jnsi also performs together with his boyfriend Alex Somers as an art collaboration called Jnsi & Alex. They released their self-titled first book in November 2006, which was an embossed hardcover limited to 1000 copies, along with their first album, Riceboy Sleeps, in July 2009. On December 1, 2009, Jnsi's official website,, was launched in anticipation of his debut solo album, Go, which was released the week of April 5, 2010. After the release of the album, Jnsi promptly started a worldwide tour across North America and Europe, featuring songs from the album plus a few other selections, planning to tour from March to September.

In late January 2010, Jnsi announced that Sigur Rs was on "an indefinite hiatus", as the band had scrapped plans for a new album previously announced to be released in 2010, saying that "they were just rumours". The band decided to take the year off, as several members of Sigur Rs recently had children, and as Jnsi developed his solo career. The band is now back together again and released the album Valtari on May 28th, 2012 with a following tour starting in August of the same year, and more recently the album Kveikur on June 18, 2013.

Source: Wikipedia