Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson (born 2 January 1978) is a keyboardist of the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur RÃ³s. He joined the band in 1998. Being something of a multi-instrumentalist, he has also played such instruments as the flute, tin whistle, oboe and even the banjo, as well as many of the unorthodox instruments that contribute to Sigur RÃ³s's distinctive sound. He also plays the guitar. Kjartan has performed under the pseudonym "The Lonesome Traveller" with Sigur RÃ³s band-mate Orri PÃ¡ll DÃ½rason and Amiina violinist MarÃa Huld Markan SigfÃºsdÃ³ttir (whom Kjartan married in 2001). "The Lonesome Traveller" covered Sigur RÃ³s songs acoustically in an alt-country style. Kjartan also composed the score for the 2005 Academy Award nominated short film SÃÃ°asti bÃ¦rinn (The Last Farm), for award winning director Ramin Bahrani's 2009 short film Plastic Bag which features the narration of legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, and for the 2009 film Ondine directed by Neil Jordan. Kjartan also contributes to Sigur RÃ³s's orchestral and string arrangements, along with the group Amiina. He is also featured heavily on The Album Leaf's album, In a Safe Place, playing a wide variety of instruments.
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