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News 2017

Symposium at Iceland Academy of the Arts

In relation to the concert of composer and cellist Stefan Thut in the concert series Hljóðön at Hafnarborg Museum Sunday 23rd of April 2017.

Centre for Research in Music (CRiM, Iceland Academy of the Arts) in collaboration with the concert series organises a symposium and workshop on the music of the Wandelweiser Group. Wandelweiser is both a publishing company and an international collective of composers/performers. The group has been associated with minimalism and experimental music, taking John Cage‘s silent piece 4‘33‘‘ as their starting point. Wandelweiser members therefore explore new ways of listening where the experience of sound, silence and time are investigated. We will explore the history and characteristics of the music by members of the Wandelweiser group and explore the performer‘s perspectives and roles. A member of the Wandelweiser, Stephan Thut, is a special guest on the symposium and will introduce his approach to composition and his place within the collective. The symposium concludes with a workshop under the guidance of Stephan Thut and the symposium‘s participants, where works will be dicussed, rehearsed and finally performed on Hljóðön concert series on Sunday 23 April in Hafnarborg.

Time and place: Friday, April 21, at 13:00, Sölvhóll, Music Department IAA.

Participants:
Berglind María Tómasdóttir, composer/performer
Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, composer/performer
Stefan Thut, composer/performer
Þráinn Hjálmarsson, composer
Chair: Einar Torfi Einarsson

News from March 2017

Article (in Icelandic) on the circle flute

An online article (in Icelandic) published by The music department of Iceland Academy of the Arts on "the Circle flute" of Studio Brynjar & Veronika. Describing some of the unique instrument techniques possible on the instrument and reflecting on some of it's more subjective narrative in the instrument.

The article is available here.

News from March 2017

Post-production of an upcoming album

These three at Greenhouse studios were jolly to hear how things are developing in the post-production for the upcoming album. Looking forward to share it with you this upcoming fall. With performances by CAPUT ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Icelandic flute ensemble, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir and Nordic Affect.

News from March 2017

Reviews on "Perpendicular / Slightly tilted"

Warm and beautiful words by Lauri Supponen on the orchestral work "Perpendicular / Slightly tilted", premiered at Myrkir músíkdagar / Dark Music Days:

    "One rarely hears such focus as in the ”one-idea” works by Þórunn Gréta Sigurđardóttir and Þráinn Hjálmarsson. […] Þráinn’s Perpendicular/Slightly tilted (2016) was an ebbing and flowing of earthy, breathy ”chords” or pulses characterised by sand-paper being rubbed on flower pots. The single, simple feldmanesque idea is to play with the ever-so-slight imbalancing of variation and repetition"

More of Supponen's words on Dark Music Days 2017 here.

News from February 2017

Radio interview on the circle flute of Studio Brynjar & Veronika

What is a circle flute? This is discussed in the radio interview of session #10 of Radio *DUUU. Recorded during the exhibition "Joining forces with the unknown" held in Paris in October 2016. Host Maxime Guitton interviews Brynjar Sigurðarson and Veronika Sedlmeir of Studio Brynjar & Veronika and myself on their project, "the circle flute". In addition of playing music made with diverse new music instruments from the 20th and 21st century.

The interview is in english and starts at 4:00

News from February 2017

"Perpendicular / Slightly tilted" aired at Iceland National Radio Broadcast

Available until 1st of May 2017. Recording from the premiere of the orchestral work "Perpendicular / Slightly tilted" at Myrkir músíkdagar / Dark Music Days 2017 music festival.

Performed by Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daníel Bjarnason.

Click here to listen, the work starts right after a short interview (in Icelandic) at 19:25. Please enjoy!.

News from February 2017

Ensemble U performs Sculpture #3 at Dark Music Days 2017

Ensemble U performs the work "Sculpture #3" for six performers at a Kaldalón Concert Hall in Harpa Reykjavík on the 27th of January 2017. See further at The website of Dark Music Days 2017

News from January 2017

Iceland Symphony Orchestra premieres "Perpendicular / Slightly Tilted" at Dark Music Days 2017

Iceland Symphony Orchestra premieres the orchestral work "Perpendicular / Slightly tilted" in relation to Myrkir músíkdagar / Dark Music Days 2017 music festival at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre.

The concert includes as well premieres of new works by composers Finnur Karlsson and Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir.
The event takes place at "Northern lights"-hall in Harpa at 12:00. Admission is free!

News from January 2017

Symposium on "Active notation" at Dark Music Days 2017

Iceland Academy of the Arts and music festival Dark Music Days team up and present a special symposium on the use of "Active notation" in music. Friday 27th of January at 13:30 at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center ("Vísa" - room).

Participants in the symposium are composer Áki Ásgeirsson, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, myself and pianist Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir. Moderated by Einar Torfi Einarsson.

Admission is free to the symposium.

News from January 2017

Ensemble U performs Sculpture #3 in Tallinn, Estonia

Ensemble U performs the work "Sculpture #3" for six performers at a concert Kultuurikatel Hall in Tallinn on the 24th of January 2017. The concert starts at 20.

News from January 2017

2016 and 2017

As an annual tradition in the beginning of each year, it's fun to take together most of what happened in the year that has past

2016 - New works premiered

Two new works works were premiered in the year of 2016. This year focused on a collaboration with the visual artists/designars Brynjar Sigurðarson and Veronika Sedlmair (Studio Brynjar & Veronika). Collaborating on their new music instrument The circle flute



30th of January 2016 - Nordic Affect premiered the work Lucid / Opaque, at the Dark Music Days 2016 Music festival in Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík. Recording from the performance was broadcasted at Icelandic National Radio Broadcast in February.

Beautiful words by Gavin Gamboa on the work for the I care if you listen (.com) magazine:

    "Thrainn Hjalmarsson's Lucid/Opaque for string trio contained beautiful meditative stillness; a glacial gravitas unfolding on the knife-edge of complete silence."

30th of September 2016 - The work Vocalise, for electronics and solo performer was premiered at the concert of S.L.Á.T.U.R at Nordic Music Days 2016 in Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík.

22nd and 23rd of October 2016 The devised music performance Joining forces with the unknown with Bettina Danielle Berger, Bjørnar Habbestad, Marieke Franssen and Michael Schmid. Was performed the two last exhibition day of the exhibition with the same name. As part of a project by Studio Brynjar & Veronika, Circle flute.


Other performances worldwide

29th of January 2016 - CAPUT ensemble performed the work Influence of buildings on musical tone at their concert at Dark Music Days 2016 at Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík. Recording from the performance was broadcasted at Icelandic National Radio Broadcast in February.

15th of April 2016 - Icelandic Symphony Orchestra performed the orchestral work As heard across a room at the fourth and last Tectonics Music Festival - Reykjavík. Recording from the performance was broadcasted at Icelandic National Radio Broadcast in April.

30th of April 2016 - SKARK ensemble performed the work Lucid / Opaque at a concert in relation to Bodenseefestival 2016 in Germany.

19th of June 2016 - Assaf Gidron, Charlie Rauh, Jesse Greenberg, Lester St Louis, Sasha Zamler-Carhart and Teodora Stepančić. performed the work y = f(x) at a concert at SPECTRUM, New York.

28th of October 2016 - The film RELIEF was screened at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in Prague.

28th of November 2016 - Duo Harpverk performed the work Brú for Harp and percussion at their concert at their concert within the concert series 15:15 at the Nordic House, Reykjavík.

3rd of December 2016 - Catchpenny ensemble performed a version of their own of the work Sculpture #3 for six performers at Dag in de branding festival, dedicated to the "the second Hague school" of composers.


Radio broadcasts

24th of February 2016 - SRF2 broadcasted a recording of the orchestral work, As heard across a room performed by Basel Sinfonietta,the recording was made in Zurich, 4th of October 2015.

2nd of February 2016 - Radio channel 1 of Icelandic Radio Broadcast broadcasted a recording of the work Influence of buildings on musical tone from a performance of the Caput ensemble at the Dark Music Days 2016 at Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík, 29th of January 2016.

18th of April 2016 - Radio channel 1 of Icelandic Radio Broadcast broadcasted a recording of the work As heard across a room from a performance of Icelandic Symphony Orchestra at the Tectonics Music Festival 2016 at Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík, 15th of April 2016.

22nd of October 2016 - Interview along with Brynjar Sigurðarson and Veronika Sedlmeir on *DUUU radio, Paris, France.


Lecturing based work / research



January - May 2016 - Teaching the course 'Timbre as material', a long with Halldór Úlfarsson, visual artist, hosted by the music department of Iceland Academy of the Arts. The course explored the world of acoustics and ways to use the behaviour of sound in spaces and materials as medium. Many guest lecturers; musicians, visual artists, acousticians and instrument makers contributed to the course. The students developed diverse projects that, among other things involved altering and extending classical instruments. The final projects were presented at the Academy (Sölvhóll - Music hall) 18th of May 2016.

Below is a documentation video from one of the projects from the course.



2nd to 11th of June 2016 - Residency at Elektronmusik studio (EMS) in Stockholm. Working on developing the work Vocalise, which premiered at Nordic Music Days. The residency was funded by Kulturkontakt Nord - Mobility Fund.

29th of June 2016 - Composer and musician Ingi Garðar Erlendsson presented the Thranophone at the International Conference on Live Interfaces 2016 at University of Sussex, held 29th of June - 3rd of July 2016. Performing a duet along with trumpet player Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson.


Other collaborations



20th of March 2016 - A new concert series of ensemble Fengjastrútur, Fengi, at the experimental music venue, Mengi. This concert series was dedicated to the "open scores" repertoire. First concert includes works by dear friends of the ensemble; Lucier, Oliveros, Wolff and Ashley along with premieres of new works by composers Áki Ásgeirsson and Gunnar Grímsson.

4th of May 2016 - As part of the concert series of ensemble Fengjastrútur, Fengi, at the experimental music venue, Mengi. The second concert of the series Horizontal lines. Takes place Thursday 4th of May 2016 at 21. With premieres of new and recent works by Icelandic composers such as Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Gunnar Grímsson, Gunnar Karel Másson, Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson and Ingi Garðar Erlendsson.

June 2016 - Residency in Flateyri, Iceland. Collaborating and researching on the new music instrument Circle flute made by designers/visual artists Studio Brynjar & Veronika. Working on a devised work with flutists Bettina Danielle Berger, Bjørnar Habbestad, Marieke Franssen and Michael Schmid at Flateyri, Iceland.

22nd and 23rd of October 2016 - Performance of a devised music for Circle flute with Bettina Danielle Berger, Bjørnar Habbestad, Marieke Franssen and Michael Schmid as part of the exhibition Joining forces with the unknown by Foundation Gallery Lafayette As a part of a project by Studio Brynjar & Veronika


Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) - concert series in 2016

The concert series Phonemes (ísl. Hljóðön) at Hafnarborg, included three concerts throughout the year.



28th of February 2016 - Clarinetist Ármann Helgason, pianist Aladár Rácz and cellist Gunnhildur Halla Guðmundsdóttir, performed various works by composers born in the early 20th Century and their artistic vision developed during drastic times in human history. Performing music by composers such as Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, Per Nørgaard, Robert Muczynski and Toshio Hosokawa.

24th of April 2016 - Clarinetist Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson solo recital on Contrabassclarinet, giving a unique insight to the sound world of this unique instrument. Performing works by composers such as Gérard Grisey, Franco Donatoni, Mark André, Sebastian Elikowski-Winkler along with premiering a new work by composer and Einar Torfi Einarsson.

16th of October 2016 - Percussionist Frank Aarnink and violinist Laufey Jensdóttir, perform music by Tom Johnson, Albert Schnelzer, Helmut Lachenmann along with premiering a new work by Sigrún Jónsdóttir.


Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) - in 2017

24th of April 2017 - Composer and cellist Stefan Thut performs music by Jurg Frey and himself with the help of students of the Iceland Academy of the Arts.


2017 - Upcoming premieres

Perpendicular / slightly tilted premiered by Icelandic Symphony Orchestra at Dark Music Days 2017

New work for Halldorophone

New work for Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson - contrabass clarinet solo

New work for Marco Fusi - viola d'amore

New work/opera for Circle flute in collaboration with Studio Brynjar & Veronika


Research in 2017

27th of January 2017 - Symposium on the use of animated notation. Held by The Iceland Academy of the Arts in relation to Dark Music Days 2017 - Music Festival.

February 2017 - Teaching analysis of contemporary music at Iceland Academy of the Arts.

21st of April 2017 - Symposium dedicated to the music of composers involved in edition Wandelweiser will be held in collaboration with the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

TBA - Publishing Method for Thranophone - introduction booklet for the instrument.


Other in 2017

Publication of a new album with works performed by Caput ensemble, Nordic Affect, Ensemble Adapter, The Icelandic flute choir and Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir - Released by Carrier records

News from January 2017

News 2016

Concert of S.L.Á.T.U.R at NMD 2016 - "concert of the year!

The concert of S.L.Á.T.U.R at Nordic Music Days 2017 received great attention and has for example been mentioned as one of the concerts of the year, by Extreme chill. Also featured in articles in SEISMOGRAPH and Neue Zeitschrift für Musik.

The concert featured the premiere of the work Vocalise for electronic and performer. A documentation from the concert can be viewed in the video below. Archived by Living Archives - Nordic Music Days 2016

News from December 2016

"Sculpture #3" performed by Catchpenny Ensemble at Dag in de branding 2016

Catchpenny Ensemble will perform the work Sculpture #3 at the festival Dag in de Branding on the 3rd of December 2016, at 7:30pm, Nutshuis, Den Haag, Holland.

The festival is dedicated to "the second Hague school" of composers. The work, Sculpture #3 was written while studying in Den Haag in 2011. It's an exploration of perception, of if sound can have sculptural side to itself.

News from December 2016

"Brú" performed by Duo Harpverk at Nordic House Reykjavík

Sunday 28th of November at 15:15. Duo Harpverk performs the work „Brú“ for harp and percussion at their concert within the concert series 15:15 at the Nordic House, Reykjavík. The concert is dedicated to the music of composers in the composers collective S.L.Á.T.U.R.

News from November 2016

"RELIEF" screened at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival

The film RELIEF" will be screened at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival on the 28th of October 2016, at 2pm, Dělnický house, Prague.

The Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival is a celebration of creative documentary film and the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. They approach documentary films primarily as unique artworks dealing with significant topics.

The film RELIEF was made in collaboration with visual artist Sigurður Guðjónsson in 2015 and featured a performance of The Icelandic flute ensemble.

News from October 2016

Circle flute performance at the exhibition "Joining forces with the unknown"

The exhibition Joining forces with the unknown runs until Sunday 23rd of October 2016.
At the exhibition, Studio Brynjar & Veronika exhibit their Circle flute, project realized by flute maker Jean Yves Roosen.

For the final exhibition weekend, I will join the flutists Bettina Danielle Berger, Bjørnar Habbestad, Marieke Franssen and Michael Schmid in Paris, to collaborate on a fragmented performance which takes place between 14 and 22 on the 22nd and 23rd of October.

Admission to the exhibition is free.

News from October 2016

S.L.Á.T.U.R at Nordic Music Days 2016 - Reykjavík

The composer's collective S.L.Á.T.U.R partook in the music festival Nordic Music Days 2016 in Reykjavík last september. The collective curated a concert with works by members of the collective. There amongst was the premiere of the work Vocalise for a performer and live electronics.

The concert was documented by Living Archives - Nordic Music Days 2016. Excerpts from the concert can be viewed in the video above.

News from October 2016

Phonemes: Nine Bells - Frank Aarnink, percussion and Laufey Jensdóttir, violin.

Sunday 16th of October 2016 at 8pm. Percussionist Frank Aarnink and violinist Laufey Jensdóttir perform the works of Tom Johnson, Morton Feldman and Albert Schnelzer at their concert in relation to the concert series Phonemes at Hafnarborg.

Watch the trailer for the concert above.

News from October 2016

Joining forces with the unknown - The circle flute by Studio Brynjar & Veronika

The circle flute by Studio Brynjar & Veronika is exhibited at the exhibition Faisons de l'inconnu un allié in Paris from 11th until the 23rd of October 2016.

There will be daily performances on the flute between 14-22, but during the final exhibition weekend. The performance will be in the hands of flutists Bettina Danielle Berger, Bjørnar Habbestad, Marieke Franssen and Michael Schmid. Performing materials from the devised music performance made in Flateyri this summer.

Admission to the exhibition is free.

Photo by Emile Barret

News from October 2016

Vocalise trailer online

Vocalise, for a solo performer and live electronics, will be premiered 30th of September at 10pm, at the concert of S.L.Á.T.U.R in Harpa, Concert hall. The concert is part of the Nordic Music Days 2016. It is possible to glance through the festival program right after the trailer. Get your tickets at Harpa concert hall website.

Watch the trailer here or click on the image above.

News from September 2016

Residency at Flateyri with Studio Brynjar & Veronika

Working on a devised work with flutists Bettina Danielle Berger, Bjørnar Habbestad, Marieke Franssen and Michael Schmid at Flateyri, Iceland. In relation to a project by Studio Brynjar & Veronika for Lafayette Anticipation. To be premiered in Paris in October 2016.

News from July 2016

Thranophone at International Conference on Live Interfaces 2016 in Sussex



Composer and musician Ingi Garðar Erlendsson presented the Thranophone at the International Conference on Live Interfaces 2016 at University of Sussex, held 29th of June - 3rd of July 2016. Performing a duet along with trumpet player Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson.

News from July 2016

y = f(x) at Spectrum



Sunday 19th of June at 3pm. Assaf Gidron, Charlie Rauh, Jesse Greenberg, Lester St Louis, Sasha Zamler-Carhart and Teodora Stepančić. Perform text scores, video scores and read poetry at an event at Spectrum, New York.

Music by Michael Pisaro, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, Assaf Gidron, Teodora Stepančić among others, along with my audiovisual work, y=f(x), for pair(s) of performers from 2012.

Further on the event here.

News from June 2016

Residency at EMS Stockholm - June 2016



Residing at Elektronmusik studion in Stockholm 2nd-11th of June. Developing a project related to the development of Thranophones. A music piece working with the mouth cavity as a resonant space.

News from June 2016

Presentation of projects from the course 'Timbre as material'



Students of the course 'Timbre as material', hosted by the music department of Iceland Academy of the Arts, have since January explored the world of acoustics and ways to use the behaviour of sound in spaces and materials as medium. In recent weeks the students have been developing diverse projects that, among other things involves altering and extending classical instruments. in this final event for the course the students will present their projects and present of musical studies for these altered instruments.

The event takes place Wednesday 18th of May from 3-5pm in Sölvhóll (Music hall) at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Sölvhólsgata 13, 101 Reykjavík. Admission is free, everybody welcome.

Guest lecturers of the course include musicians, visual artists, acousticians and instrument makers.

Tutors of the course were Halldór Úlfarsson, visual artist and Þráinn Hjálmarsson, composer.

News from May 2016

Fengjastrútur's concert series 'Fengi' at Mengi (concert venue) - Horizontal lines



As part of the concert series of ensemble Fengjastrútur, Fengi, at the experimental music venue, Mengi. The second concert of the series Horizontal lines. Takes place Thursday 4th of May 2016 at 21. With premieres of new and recent works by Icelandic composers such as Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Gunnar Grímsson, Gunnar Karel Másson, Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson and Ingi Garðarson.

This concert series is dedicated to the performance of "open scores" repertoire. A repertoire the ensemble has specialized in.

News from May 2016

"Lucid / Opaque" performed by SKARK ensemble at Bodenseefestival



Members of Skark Ensemble perform the work "Lucid / Opaque" for violin, viola and violincello at a concert in relation to the festival Bodenseefestival 2016.

The concert takes place Saturday 30th of April at 17. More information is available here.

The ensemble performs two other concerts at the festival, focusing on music of Icelandic and Nordic composers.

News from April 2016

Radio broadcast of "As heard across a room" performed by Icelandic Symphony Orchestra

Available online until 17th of July - Listen to the performance of the orchestral work "As heard across a room" (starts at 48:45) by Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov. Performed as part of the Tectonics Music Festival Reykjavík 2016 at Harpa Concert and Conference Centre, Reykjavík. Friday 15th of April 2016.

The recording was made and aired by the Icelandic National Broadcasting service's Rás 1

Since this was the fifth and last Tectonics festival in Iceland. I would like to send warm wishes to Ilan Volkov and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and thank them for their great contribution to the cultural scene in Iceland with this festival. A festival that will be missed and in the future remembered with warm thoughts and feelings.

News from April 2016

Icelandic premiere of "As heard across a room" at Tectonics Reykjavík 2016 Music Festival

Icelandic Symphony Orchestra performs the orchestral work As heard across a room [2014] at the upcoming Tectonics Reykjavík Music Festival 2016 - held by the Orchestra, curated by Ilan Volkov.

The concert takes place in Eldborg concert Hall of Harpa, Reykjavík. Friday 15th of April 2016 at 20.

Tickets are available online at the website of Harpa Concert house.

News from April 2016

Fengjastrútur's concert series 'Fengi' at Mengi (concert venue) - Friends of Fengjastrútur

A new concert series of ensemble Fengjastrútur, Fengi, at the experimental music venue, Mengi, starts with a concert Sunday 20th of March 2016 at 21. This concert series is dedicated to the "open scores" repertoire. First concert includes works by dear friends of the ensemble; Lucier, Oliveros, Wolff and Ashley along with premieres of new works by composers Áki Ásgeirsson and Gunnar Grímsson.

The second concert of the series will be held in Mengi - Thursday 5th of May 2016.

News from March 2016

Documentation from Diptych available online

Sound excerpt and photos from the live happening of the in-situ performance Diptych [2015] is available online here! The performance took place in Kópavogur Asylum, last August as part of the CYCLE 2015 - Music and art festival. This performance was made in collaboration with Sigurdur Gudjonsson, visual artist,

News from March 2016

Review on Lucid / Opaque at I care if you listen (.com) magazine

Beautiful words by Gavin Gamboa for the I care if you listen (.com) magazine, on the third day of Dark Music Days 2016. Including a magnificent concert given by Nordic Affect.

"Thrainn Hjalmarsson's Lucid/Opaque for string trio contained beautiful meditative stillness; a glacial gravitas unfolding on the knife-edge of complete silence."

The whole concert by Nordic Affect is still available, until 9th of May 2016, online here

News from March 2016

CYCLE Music and Art festival receives a nomination for the best event of 2015

Cycle Music and Art Festival has been nominated for a local music awards (Icelandic music awards) as one of the highlights of 2015 in the category of contemporary and classical music.

Supporting their nomination, the jury of the awards remarked the in-situ performance, Diptych, made in collaboration with visual artist Sigurdur Gudjonsson and performed by The Icelandic Flute Ensemble, as one of many enthralling events the festival offered.

News from February 2016

"Lucid / Opaque" aired at Rás 1

Available online until 9th of May - Listen to the premiere of "Lucid / Opaque" (starts at 45:30) for baroque violin, -viola and -cello, in a wonderful performance given by Nordic Affect at DARK MUSIC DAYS 2016 at Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik. Saturday, 30th of January 2016.

The recording was made and aired by the Icelandic National Broadcasting service's Rás 1

News from February 2016

Review of "Influence of buildings on musical tone" at Dark Music Days 2016

A fine review appeared in the most distributed newspaper in Iceland on the performance of the work, "Influence of buildings on musical tone", given by CAPUT ensemble during the Dark Music Days 2016.

Music critic, Jónas Sen, wrote about the work:

"The work by Thrainn Hjalmarsson for six performers, Influence of buildings on musical tone was enthralling. […] The music was composed of tastefully interwoven noises and unclear tones. The total outcome resulted in an highly ambient and beautiful sounding colors that were charming."

News from February 2016

"Influence of buildings on musical tone" aired at Rás 1

Available online until 2nd of May 2016 - Listen (here) to a magnificent performance by CAPUT ensemble at DARK MUSIC DAYS 2016 that took place Friday, 29th of January 2016 at Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik.

CAPUT ensemble premiered four new works by four Icelandic composers, along with performing the work "Influence of buildings on musical tone" (2013) - for vln, vla., vlc.,db., perc., perc. (starts at circa. 36:30) - the work is an homage to the acoustics of turf houses. The most common acoustic environment in Iceland for centuries.

The recording was made and aired by the Icelandic National Broadcasting service's Rás 1

News from February 2016

Orchestral work As heard across a room [2014] broadcasted on SRF2 - 24th of February 2016

SRF2 will be broadcasting a live recording of the orchestral work, As heard across a room [2014] performed by Basel Sinfonietta, conducted by Daniel Bjarnason, on the 24th of February 2016 at 22:00, Switzerland time. The concert took place 3rd of October 2015 in Tonhalle, Zürich,. The concert was held in relation to the festival CULTURESCAPES 2015 - ISLAND.

News from February 2016

Nordic Affect premiering new work at Dark Music Days 2016 - 30th of January 2016

Nordic Affect premieres a new work for baroque violin, viola and cello at Dark Music Days 2016. The concert takes place at Northern Lights Hall in Harpa Concert Hall, 30th of January 2016 at 15.

News from January 2016

CAPUT performing the work Influence of buildings on musical tone [2013] at Dark Music Days 2016 - 29th of January 2016.

CAPUT ensemble performs the chamber music work Influence of buildings on musical tone [2013] at Dark Music Days 2016. The work was nominated to the ROSTRUM awards in 2014.

The concert takes place in Northern Lights Hall of Harpa Concert Hall, 29th of January 2016 at 20. Tickets available here.

News from January 2016

2015 and 2016

2015 - New works premiered

Three new works were premiered in the year of 2015. This year focused on a collaboration with the visual artist Sigurður Guðjónsson. Resulting in two separate works for The Icelandic flute ensemble, premiered in relation to Cycle 2015 - Music and Art festival.



27th of March 2015 - The Icelandic flute ensemble premiered the work Grisaille, for 12 flutes, at the International flute festival in Reykjavík.

13th of August 2015 - 11th of October 2015 - The video work Relief, made in collaboration with visual artist Sigurður Guðjónsson, was premiered and screened at Gerðarsafn Art Museum,Gerðarsafn in Kópavogur from 15th of August 2015 - 11th of October 2015. In relation to the music and art festival Cycle 2015.

14th of August 2015 - In situ performance Diptych was premiered by the The Icelandic flute ensemble at Cycle 2015 - Music and art festival in Kópavogur Asylum.


Other performances worldwide

17th of May 2015 - Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir performed Persona, viola solo, at Dog Star Orchestra Festival in MorYork Gallery, Los Angeles, United States.

2nd and 3rd of October 2015 - Basel sinfonietta performed the orchestral work As heard across a room in two concerts in Stadtcasino, Basel (2nd of October 2015) and Tonhalle, Zürich (3rd of October 2015) in relation to the festival CULTURESCAPES 2015 – ISLAND.


Radio broadcasts

3rd of January 2015 - BBC Radio 3 broadcasted a recording of the orchestral work, As heard across a room from Hear and Now concert of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, which took place in Glasgow, 4th of October 2014.

19th of April 2015 - Radio channel 1 of Icelandic Radio Broadcast broadcasted a recording of the work Grisaille from a performance of the The Icelandic flute ensemble at the Nordic House, 27th of March 2015.

11th of May 2015 - Recording of the work Influence of buildings on musical tone broadcasted in a special, night long, event dedicated to nomination to the ROSTRUM 2014 awards on Radio France. Hosted by Anne Montaron/Cyrielle Weber.

15th of May 2015 - Interview on the early works of Atli Heimir Sveinsson at the radio show Hátalarinn at Rás 1 of The National radio broadcast.


Lecturing based work / research



7th - 8th of February 2015 - Giving workshop and lecturing in collaboration with Halldór Úlfarsson at La Gaite Lyrique, Paris, France. The topic of the Workshop was called Modular acoustic formant system, focusing on working on prediction in relation to acoustic filters, based on the acoustics of vowels.

15th of May 2015 - Lecture at the Music department of The Iceland Academy of the Arts on the works of Atli Heimir Sveinsson during the period of 1960-1974.

11th of September 2015 - Participation in symposium at The Iceland Academy of the Arts on notation for Halldorophone. Part of LARM (Lab for artistic research in music).

13th of September 2015 - Artist talk in relation to the exhibition NEW RELEASE in Gerðarsafn Museum, Kópavogur.

14th - 24th of September 2015 - Lecturing/Teaching for two weeks on Sound Art within the visual art department of The Iceland Academy of the Arts.


Other collaborations



17th of April 2015 - Performance of the work Kúakyn í hættu by visual artist Magnús Pálsson for the Icelandic Sound Poetry Choir (ísl. Nýló-kórinn), Karlkór Alþýðu and The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra - Arrangement for the orchestra done by Þráinn Hjálmarsson and Áshildur Haraldsdóttir. Conductor of the Icelandic Sound Poetry Choir and Karlkór Alþýðu: Þráinn Hjálmarsson.

18th of July 2015 - Improvisation gig with Fred Frith, Heike Liss, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Páll Ivan frá Eiðum and Jesper Pedersen at Mengi - concert venue.

21st of August 2015 - Improvisation gig with Ingi Garðar Erlendsson on Thranophone, in relation to the festival Upp rís úr rafinu at Mengi - concert venue.

15th of October 2015 - Performance of the work Kúakyn í hættu by visual artist Magnús Pálsson performed at the opening of the exhibition "RED SNOW" at the Nordic House. Performers were The The Icelandic Sound Poetry Choir (ísl. Nýló-kórinn) and Fengjastrútur. Conductor: Þráinn Hjálmarsson.

26th of November 2015 - Concert of the The Icelandic Sound Poetry Choir (ísl. Nýló-kórinn) at KEX hostel. Premiering works by visual artist Haraldur Jónsson, poet Jón Örn Loðmfjörð and composer Hörður Bragason. Conductor: Þráinn Hjálmarsson.


Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) - concert series in 2015

The concert series Phonemes (ísl. Hljóðön) at Hafnarborg, included five concerts throughout the year.



4th of January 2015 - Siggi String Quartet premiered the second string quartet of Atli Heimir Sveinsson and a new quartet by Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, along with performing works of Giacinto Scelsi and Naomi Pinnock. The premiere of Sveinbjarnadóttir's work was remarked as one of the musical highlights of 2015 by the critic of the largest news paper in Iceland, Fréttablaðið.

22nd of February 2015 - Hlín Pétursdóttir Behrens, soprano, Hrönn Þráinsdóttir pianist and Una Sveinbjarnardóttir violinist perform works by Kaija Saariaho and new works by Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir.

27th of March 2015 - Guitarist Gunnlaugur Björnsson and Hafdís Vigfúsdóttir perform the works of Halldór Smárason, Clarence Barlow, Toru Takemitsu and Einojuhani Rautavaara.

11th of October 2015 - Viola player and composer Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir performs the music theater work, Orðin [e. the words] by composer Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir.

15th of November 2015 - Flautist Emilía Rós Sigfúsdóttir and pianist Ástríður Alda Sigurðardóttir, performed various works extending or referring to poems of poets Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot, Thor Vilhjálmsson and Marcel Proust among other. Performing works by composers such as Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Beat Furrer, Kaija Saariaho along with premiering a new wokr by composer and flautist Kolbeinn Bjarnason.


2016 - Upcoming premieres

New work for Nordic Affect at Dark Music Days 2016.

New work for Halldorophone

Residency at EMS elektronmusikstudion - working on a new vocal work

New work for Marco Fusi - viola d'amore


Research in 2016

Teaching along with visual artist Halldór Úlfarsson a course at the Iceland Academy of the Arts as an unformal continuation of the course given in 2013-2014 on Acoustics and Instrumental design. The course will start on 27th of January 2016 and continue throughout the semester.

TBA - Publishing Method for Thranophone - introduction booklet for the instrument.

News from January 2016

News 2015

'The Voice [ísl. Röddin]' - Phonemes concert series - 15th of November 2015.

Flautist Emilía Rós Sigfúsdóttir and pianist Ástríður Alda Sigurðardóttir, perform music related to the poetry of Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot, Thor Vilhjálmsson and Marcel Proust among other. Performing works by composers such as Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Beat Furrer, Kaija Saariaho along with premiering a new wokr by composer and flautist Kolbeinn Bjarnason.
The concert takes place Sunday 15th of November 2015 at Hafnarborg.

News from November 2015

Excerpt from "As heard across a room" on Youtube

A 3 minute excerpt from a performance of Basel Sinfonietta, conducted by Daníel Bjarnason, of the orchestral work As heard across a room [2014].

The performance took place in Tonhalle, Zürich, in relation to the festival CULTURESCAPES 2015 - ISLAND.

News from October 2015

As heard across a room: "fascinating and enchanting!"

Basel sinfonietta performed the orchestral work "As heard across a room" in two concerts in Basel and in Zurich in relation to the Culturescapes 2015 - Island festival. The concerts received rave reviews. On the website Bachtrack, critic Rolf Kyburz gave the concert 5 stars. An english version of the review is available at his own website here.

The following is an excerpt from his review on the work As heard across a room as:

"[...] the composer manages to create the impression of noises and their echo, distant sounds, maybe not just from a the other side of the room, but like coming from another room, almost visualizing acoustics — most unusual! Gradually, one hears breathy, distant melody fragments, sounds like from Aeolian harps, maybe allusions to a distant Ranz des Vaches (Kuhreihen), glissandos, sound waves building up, like a hilly landscape in the distance — never loud, rather like the breathing of a fairy, associated with breathy whistling tones: fascinating and enchanting!"

News from October 2015

'The Words [ísl. Orðin]' - Phonemes concert series - 11th of October 2015.

Viola player and composer Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir performs the music theater work, Orðin [e. the words] by composer Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir at Hafnarborg, Sunday 11th of October 2015 at 20. This 40 minute music theater performance is based on the book by poet Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir, Öll fallegu orðin, originally published in 2000.

News from October 2015

Final week of the exhibition 'NEW RELEASE' at Gerðarsafn Museum

The exhibition "NEW RELEASE", curated by Nadim Samman, at Gerðarsafn Museum will close 11th of October 2015.

The exhibition includes the work RELIEF which is a collaborative video work made in collaboration with visual artist Sigurður Guðjónsson, featuring a performance by Icelandic flute ensemble.

Admission to the Museum is free on Wednesdays.

News from October 2015

Basel sinfonietta performs "As heard across a room" in Zurich and Basel - Epicycle 1

Basel Sinfonietta performs the orchestral work As heard across a room on their season 2015/2016 opening concert in Stadtcasino, Basel on the 2nd of October 2015. The program will be repeated in Tonhalle, Zurich on the 3rd of October 2015.

This concert tour is part of the CULTURESCAPES festival which is this year dedicated to the culture of Iceland, conductor of the orchestra is the Icelandic conductor/composer Daníel Bjarnason.

As heard across a room was written for conductor Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchstra in 2014 and was premiered by the Orchestra at City Hall, Glasgow 4th of October 2014.

News from September 2015

'NEW RELEASE' exhibition extended until 11th of October 2015

Video still from the work Relief (2015)

The exhibition "NEW RELEASE", curated by Nadim Samman, at Gerðarsafn Museum will be extended until 11th of October 2015. The work RELIEF is part of the exhibition.

News from September 2015

Artist talk in relation to the exhibition "NEW RELEASE" at Gerðarsafn Art Museum

In relation to the exhibition "NEW RELEASE", curated by Nadim Samman, I will be giving an artist talk about the work RELIEF which is part of the exhibition.

The event takes place at Gerðasafn Art Museum, Kópavogur, Iceland. Sunday 13th of September 2015 at 15. Free admission.

News from September 2015

Forum on notation for Halldorophone

A forum on notation for the electro-acoustic instrument Halldorophone, will be held Friday 11th of September 2015 between 16-18 at Iceland Academy of the Arts, class room 533 at Sölvhólsgata 13, 101 Reykjavík.

Composers that have written music for this instrument share their knowledge and approach to this instrument in addition to an open forum on the instrument. Composers involved are Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Hafdís Bjarnadóttir, Johann Svenson and Timothy Page.

The forum is planned by the newly formed LARM (Lab for Artistic research in Music), located at the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

News from September 2015

Performing at the music event "Upp rís úr rafinu" in Mengi, 21st of August 2015.

Promotional photo for the event

Thranophone-performer Ingi Garðar Erlendson and I will perform in Mengi, Friday 21st of August 2015 at 21, in relation to the music event "Upp rís úr rafinu".

The music event "Upp rís úr rafinu" has been held annually since 2013. The focus of the event is music by young composers exploring electronic music, with or without acoustic instruments. This year’s event will have a special emphasis on new experimental instruments, Erlendsson and I will be exploring the possibilites of the instrument Thranophone.

Mengi is located at Óðinsgata 2, 101 Reykjavík. Admission is 2000 KR

Further on the event here.

News from August 2015

Photos from the performance of Diptych at Cycle - Music and art festival 2015.





Photos by Arnar Bergmann

News from August 2015

Diptych [2015] performed at Cycle festival 14th of August 2015

Promotional photo for Diptych

Diptych is a live performance made in collaboration with visual artist Sigurður Guðjónsson and involving The Icelandic flute ensemble. The live performance takes place in Kópavogur Asylum, which is currently being renovated. Its raw interior will inevitably add a voice into this multi-layered installation of sounds and visuals, which is intertwined with the musician's performance.

This performance is held in relation to the Music and Art festival Cycle. Further information on Cycle Festival can be found here.

News from July 2015

Performing with Fred Frith and Heike Liss - 18th of July 2015

Fred Frith and Heike Liss invite local friends to perform with them on their second concert in Mengi - concert venue in Reykjavík, 17th and 18th of July 2015. Members of S.L.Á.T.U.R collective will join them for an event startin at 21 on the 18th with composers Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Jesper Pedersen, Páll Ivan frá Eiðum and myself.

Further information on this event can be found on the facebook event for the concert.

News from July 2015

Relief [2015] exhibited at Gerðarsafn Museum 13th of August - 27th of September 2015.

Video still from the work Relief (2015)

Relief is a video installation made in collaboration with visual artist Sigurður Guðjónsson with the performance of the Icelandic flute ensemble. The work will be exhibited at Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum during the Cycle festival, held 13-16 of August 2015.

The online magazine Nordophile features an insight to the works of Guðjónsson and on our collaboration for the festival.

Further information on Cycle Festival can be found here.

News from June 2015

Performing Charles Ross' work 'Boxed Set'

Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, composer/viola player, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, composer/guitarist, Frank Aarnink, percussionist and I will perform Charles' work Boxed set from the year 2009 on the Jaðarber (e. Perrypherryberry)-event dedicated to the works of Charles Ross and celebrating his 50th birthday. The concert takes place at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús, 8th of June 2015 at 8pm. Free admission.

Available to watch/listen online is the 2009 Live performance of Boxed set.

News from June 2015

Recording session with the Icelandic flute ensemble

Preparing for the art- and music festival Cycle, held in Kópavogur August 13-16th 2015. The Icelandic flute ensemble will be a part of an exhibition made in collaboration with the visual artist Sigurður Guðjónsson.

News from May 2015

Kristín Þóra Haralsdóttir at Dog Star Orchestra Festival - Sunday - May 17th

Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, viola player, performs the work Persona for solo viola at a concert in the Dogstar Orchestra concert series, Dogstar 11. The concert, dedicated to Icelandic works for viola, takes place Sunday 17th of May at 2 pm at MorYork Gallery located at 4959 York Blvd, Los Angeles

Further information on the concert

News from May 2015

Interview on the early works of Atli Heimir Sveinsson on the radio show "Víðsjá" on Rás 1 - The National Radio Broadcast

In relation to the starting of a concert series focused on the early works of composer Atli Heimir Sveinsson. The radio show "Víðsjá" on Rás 1 - The National Radio Broadcast was dedicated to his music, with a group of artist coming and speaking about his work. See further in Icelandic here.

Í tengslum við upphaf tónleikaraðar tileinkuðum verkum við upphaf ferils Atla Heimis Sveinssonar voru þættirnir Hátalarinn og Víðsjá tileinkaðir tónlist Atla Heimis. Á meðal viðmælanda í þættinum auk Atla Heimis sjálfs þau Áshildur Haraldsdóttir flautuleikari, Guðni Franzson, klarínettuleikari, Kjartan Ragnarsson, leikstjóri, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir, flautuleikari, Arngunnur Árnadóttir klarínettuleikari og Þráinn Hjálmarsson tónskáld.

Hér má hlusta á fyrri hluta þáttarins [Hátalarinn] og hér má hlýða á seinni hluta þáttar [Víðsjá] - Hægt er að hlýða á til 13. ágúst 2015.

News from May 2015

Lecture on the early works of composer Atli Heimir Sveinsson - Friday - May 15th

On May 15th at 13 at The Iceland Academy of the Arts, I will lecture on the early works of renowned Icelandic composer Atli Heimir Sveinsson. Some of his works from this period has not been performed or recorded. The lecture is a part of a series of concerts / lectures on Atli Heimir Sveinsson´s groundbreaking compositions from that time. The series is a collaboration of Mengi and the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Curated by Borgar Magnason, double bassist. Read further on the concert series and the event here.

The Lecture will take place in Sölvóll, concert hall of The Iceland Academy of the Arts at Sölvhólsgata 13, 101 Reykjavík. Free admission

Photo taken from the FB event, a page from the score "Mengi" by Atli Heimir Sveinsson.

News from May 2015

'Influence of buildings on musical tone' aired on france musique

A radio show on france musique hosted by Anne Montaron/Cyrielle Weber, dedicated to the ROSTRUM 2014, held in Helsinki in May 2014. A whole night dedicated to curious music, there amongst the work 'Influence of buildings on musical tone' for ensemble. The show will be aired the night of 10-11th of May 2015.

News from May 2015

Kynningarfundur Rannsóknarstofu í Tónsmíðum - Föstudaginn 8. Maí

Rannsóknastofa í tónsmíðum boðar til kynningarfundar föstudaginn 8. maí kl.15:00 í Sölvhóli. Kynnt verður fyrirhuguð starfsemi rannsóknastofunnar, helstu áherslur og markmið.

Stofan beitir sér fyrir listrænum rannsóknum og er hugsuð sem gátt milli tónlistardeildar og sjálfstætt starfandi tónskálda, tónlistarfólks, listafólks og rannsakenda á sviði tónlistar. Þessu til stuðnings mun stofan skipuleggja málstofur, stuðla að þverfaglegri umræðu, efna til samstarfs og hanna námskeið.

Allir velkomnir. Þeir sem mögulega hafa áhuga á þátttöku í starfsemi rannsóknastofunnar eru sérstaklega hvattir til að mæta. Eftir kynningu og umræður kynna Þráinn Hjálmarsson og Halldór Úlfarsson eitt verkefni við stofuna.

News from May 2015

Grisaille aired on Rás 1 - The National Radio Broadcast

The radio show "Úr Tónlistarlífinu" (e. live from the music scene) will broadcast a recording from the premiere of the work Grisaille for flute choir. The work was premiered by The Icelandic flute choir on their concert at the Nordic House 27th of March 2015. The radio show is aired 19th of April 2015 at 16:05.

Direct link to the radio show

News from April 2015

"Kúakyn í hættu" by Magnús Pálsson premiered by Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and The Icelandic sound poetry Choir at Tectonics Reykjavík 2015

The visual artist Magnús Pálsson has written a new work for the occasion of Tectonics 2015 Reykjavík Music festival that takes place in Harpa Concert House 16-17th of April 2015.

The Icelandic sound poetry Choir (ísl. Nýló-kórinn) collaborates with Karlakór Alþýðu and Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, performing Pálsson"s latest work, 'Kúakyn í hættu' on Friday 17th of April at 20 in Harpa, concert hall in Reykjavík.

Conductor of the choir and assistance of arrangement of the work is Þráinn Hjálmarsson.

Photo taken by Áshildur Haraldsdóttir, co-ordinator of the project.

News from April 2015

Interview (in Icelandic) with Magnús Pálsson on his latest work, "Kúakyn í hættu"

The visual artist Magnús Pálsson discussed with the newspaper DV on his latest work, 'Kúakyn í hættu', transcribed for orchestra by Þráinn Hjálmarsson. The interview is available to read (in Icelandic) here.

Photo taken from the website of DV.

News from April 2015

...until... - Final concert of season 2014/2015 of Phonemes - 27th of March 2015.

The final concert of season 2014/2015 of Phonemes concert series at Hafnarborg held 27th of March 2015. Guitarist Gunnlaugur Björnsson and Hafdís Vigfúsdóttir perform the works of Halldór Smárason, Clarence Barlow, Toru Takemitsu and Einojuhani Rautavaara.

News from March 2015

The Icelandic flute ensemble premiere 'Grisaille' at the opening concert of International Flute Festival in Iceland

The Icelandic Flute Ensemble premieres the work Grisaille [2015] for 12 flutes at their concert in the Nordic House, 27th of March 2015 at 20. Admission to the concert is free.

The Concert is a part of Iceland International Flute Festival which takes place 27-29th of March 2015.

Photo taken from the Facebook page of the Icelandic flute ensemble, taken at their concert on Reykjavík Arts Festival 2014.

News from March 2015

Radio theater show 'Svipleiftur' and 'Raddir úr djúpinu' aired on Rás 1

Two radio show from 2008 on the works and life of author Steinar Sigurjónsson will be re-broadcasted on the National Radio Broadcast - Rás 1, this sunday 15th of March 2015 at 13 and on 22nd of March at 13.

This sunday, the documentary show, "Svipleiftur", gives an insight to the authors life and career.

Following Sunday 22nd of March, the radio theater play "Raddir úr djúpin" is based on the novel ‘Djúpið’ by the author Steinar Sigurjónsson, made by Jón Hallur Stefánsson.

The two radio shows include music by myself made in collaboration with composers Lydía Grétarsdóttir and Helga Ragnardsdóttir.

Hlekkur

News from March 2015

'Changing Light and Echo' - Phonemes concert series - 22nd of February 2015 at 20

Changing light and echoes marks the outline of the Phonemes concert in Hafnarborg, Sunday 22nd of February 2015 at 8 p.m.

Hlín Pétursdóttir Behrens, soprano, Hrönn Þráinsdóttir pianist and Una Sveinbjarnardóttir violinist perform works by Kaija Saariaho and new works by Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir.

Phonemes is a concert series at Hafnarborg, dedicated to presenting music by various contemporary composers from the 20th and 21st century with a focus on small settings of chamber music. Light is shed upon subjects of contemporary music today and the artistic research of composers in the abstract world of poetry of sounds. The name of the series, Phonemes, references the basic unit of language's phonology, phoneme, which can be combined and re-arranged with other phonemes in terms of forming meaningful units such as words or morphemes. Each concert is a combination of various phonemes that could or could not bring a meaning to the audience.

News from February 2015

"Modular acoustic formant system"-workshop at La Gaite Lyrique, Paris. 7th-8th of February 2015

Visual artist Halldór Úlfarsson and I will run a workshop at Gaite lyrique in Paris, Saturday and sunday 7th and 8th of February 2015.

The workshop is called modular acoustic formant system, where the interest lies in predicting and trying out acoustic filters based on the acoustics of vowels. The workshop is based on a resurrected project from around 2012 with Halldór Úlfarsson. Originally conceived of as way to modulate the acoustic response of Thranophones. But now we are trying to work out a system to correlate this physical filter with composer Paul Falstad's software Vowel (which digitally models formants and their response) so that formants can be digitally modeled and then physically assembled with predictable results.

Halldór will give a lecture on his Halldorophones and I will be giving a lecture on the development of Thranophones.

Further information on the workshop on the website of Gaite lyrique

News from February 2015

"Hear and Now: New Icelandic voices" broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, 3rd of January 2015

A radio broadcast on BBC Radio 3 of a concert given by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov, from October 2014. The concert, titled Hear and Now: New Icelandic voices, included world premieres of new works by Icelandic composers Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Davíð Brynjar Franzson, Charles Ross and my orchestra work, As heard across a room [2014], along with older works by Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson and Anna Þorvaldsdóttir. The concert will be broadcasted on Saturday 3rd of January 2015 and will be available online right after the broadcast.

The concert received great reviews in the Guardian in October.

The score for the work As heard across a room is available for viewing at issuu.

News from January 2015

"Synthesis of 16 strings" - Siggi String Quartet in Hafnarborg, 4th of January 2015

Synthesis of 16 strings marks the outline of the concert of Siggi String Quartet at Hafnarborg on the 4th of January 2015 at 8 pm. The works on the program give insights to different approach to the string quartet form and remarks on its soundscape. With music by composers Giacinto Scelsi, Naomi Pinnock, Atli Heimir Sveinsson and Una Sveinbjarnadóttir.

The concert is a part of Hljóðön (e. Phonemes), a concert series dedicated to contemporary music at Hafnarborg.

News from January 2015

2014 and 2015

2014 - New works premiered

Four new works were premiered in the year of 2014 and premiered in Scotland, Germany and Iceland.

Starting in February with the premiere of the work mise en scène, performed by Ensemble Adapter at Nordlicther Biennal festival in Berlin. The ensemble later performed the work at Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir during the summer.

Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, viola player, premiered the solo viola work Persona at the opening concert of Tectonics Glasgow 2014 - Glasgow at St. Andrews in the square in May. Later performed in Reykjavík at Kristín Þóra's solo recital at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús, in the concert series Jaðarber (e. Perripherryberry).

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra premiered the orchestra work As heard across a room at their concert "Hear and Now" in October. The concert will be broadcasted on january 3rd on BBC Radio 3.

Clarinetist Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson, premiered the clarinet and electronic/visual work Study on timbre at Sláturtíð 2014 music festival.

Visual artist Halldór Úlfarsson and I finished post-production of the video work, Study for 2 resonant spaces, that was recorded in the summer of 2013. Watch the trailer below.


Click on image to learn more about Study for 2 resonant space

Other works performed worldwide

Among other performances that took place through the year was a performance of Meander: monody etudes by EDGES ensemble in Huddersfield in June. Students of James Saunders at Bath Spa University, performed the visual score work Sculpture #3 in November and the same work received it's US premiere by Dogstar Orchestra in Los Angeles back in June.

Lecturing based work / research

Halldór Úlfarsson and I led the course, Hljóðfræði IB, at Iceland Academy of the Arts throughout the year 2013 and 2014. The course was focused on the use of acoustics in artistic terms and among lecturers in our class was Alvin Lucier, who was the honorary guest of Tectonics 2014 Reykjavík festival.

The dialogue with students led to development and experiments with altered clarinet barrels and cello bridges, that was developed in collaboration with Hans Jóhansson, violin maker.

Composer Hallvarður Ásgeirsson is developing a feedback instrument from guitar parts, I met with the composer and got fascinated by the by-product of his instrument. See below.

Click on image to watch a video of a tryout with the Varðafónn

Performing music of others

As a performer, performing with Fengjastrútur ensemble, the works of Alvin Lucier at Tectonics 2014 Reykjavík festival in April. Working on the works such as Chambers, (Reykjavík) Memory Space, Vespers and Gentle Fire.

Performing the music of members of S.L.Á.T.U.R (composers collective) at Tectonics 2014 Glasgow with other members of the collective, the concert was held at the Fruit Market in Glasgow.

Hljóðön (e. Phonemes)

The concert series Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) at Hafnarborg held 3 concerts throughout the year, the concert of Siggi String Quartet was postponed until 4th of January 2015 due to weather storm on the original date of the concert.

  • In March, composer Páll Ivan frá Eiðum and double bassist Borgar Magnason performed varied music that shared common interest of the performers in music notation and interpretation. They collaborated with visual artist Haraldur Jónsson that exhibited in the Museum at the same time, premiered his work T V I N N for 2 music performers and 5 other performers.

  • In April, flautist Áshildur Haraldsdóttir and pianist, Helga Bryndís Magnúsdóttir, premiered new works for solo flute by composition students of Atli Ingólfsson at the Academy of the Arts in Iceland, they were, Daníel Helgason, Hrafnkell Flóki Kaktus Einarsson, Þorkell Nordal and Örnólfur Eldon Þórsson. The concert expanded to an extra concert where the music was performed on board a bus, touring the city of Reykjavík.

  • In October, cellist Markus Hohti, collaborated with composer Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson and instrument maker Halldór Úlfarsson and performed on the instrument Halldorophone as well performing on a newly made cello by violin maker Hans Jóhansson. Markus premiered a new work written for the Halldorophone by Guðmundur Steinn among performing the works of Sami Klemola, Simon-Steen Andersen and Kaija Saariaho.

2015 - Upcoming premieres

In march 2015, The Icelandic flute ensemble, premieres the work Grisaille for 12 flutes at an International flute festival held in Reykjavík. The work will later receive it's French premiere in spring.

In April 2015, Iceland Symphony Orchestra will premiere new work by visual artist Magnús Pálsson, that has been in development since last summer, I've been helping transcribing the work for the orchestra and collaborate with the poetry choir, Nýló-kórinn for the premiere in Eldborg at Tectonics Reykjavík festival 2015.

Summer 2015, will include a premiere of a solo viola d"amore work, written for viola d"amore performer Marco Fusi. Among with premiere of a solo Halldorophone work and a premiere of a collaborative work that has been in development with visual artist Sigurður Guðjónsson for the upcoming Cycle festival 2015.

Research in 2015

Halldór Úlfarsson and I will give a masterclass in Paris in February 2015, connecting with local artists and sharing our experience with open-ended research as used in the course, Hljóðfræði IB, at the Academy of the Arts.

Publishing Method for Thranophone - introduction booklet for the instrument.

News from January 2015

News 2014

Study for experimental clarinet barrels by Þorkell Nordal - preview

Click on image to watch the video

Video of a small study for clarinet with diverse clarinet barrels by Þorkell Nordal, a composition student at the Academy of the Arts, performed by a colleague of his, Stefán Ólafur Ólafsson, clarinet and composition student. This work is played on different clarinet barrels, developed by the students at the Academy.

Read about the experimental clarinet barrels here

News from December 2014

Excerpt from a Thranophone performance by Ingi Garðar Erlendsson at Mengi concert venue in November 2014

Excerpt from a performance on Thranophone given by Ingi Garðar Erlendsson in Mengi, Saturday 15th of November 2014.

News from November 2014

'Persona' in Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús

Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, viola player, performs the solo viola work ‘Persona’ on her solo recital, Winter Viola, in the concert series Jaðarber (e. Perripherryberry), Wednesday 19th of November at 20 in Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús. Admission to the concert is free.

The work, Persona, was originally premiered by Kristín Þóra at Tectonics Glasgow 2014 festival, held by BBC SSO in may 2014. This is Icelandic premiere of the work.

News from November 2014

Concert on Thranophone in Mengi, Saturday 15th of November 2014

Article in the most spread news paper in Iceland, Fréttablaðið, on the concert of Ingi Garðar Erlendsson in Mengi, Saturday 15th of November 2014 at 21. Admission is 2000 KR.

Further on the instrument here

News from November 2014

Ingi Garðar Erlendsson performing in Mengi

World’s leading Thranophone-performer, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, performs a solo recital on the instrument at Mengi - concert venue, located on Óðinsgata 2, 101 Reykjavík. Saturday 15th of November 2014.

The concert starts at 21 and admission is 2000 KR.

Following this winter is a printed publication of a “Method for Thranophones”.

Further on the instrument here

News from November 2014

Sculpture #3 performed at Bath Spa University

Students of composer James Saunders perform my work Sculpture #3 at a concert dedicated to animated notation at Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University, UK on 12th of November 2014.

Among other works on the program are the works of Ryan Ross Smith and David Kim-Boyle.

News from November 2014

Radio interview - Radio show 'Hátalarinn' at Rás 1 at the Icelandic National Broadcast service.

Interview in Icelandic on the radio show ‘Hátalarinn’ (The episode is available online 90 days after being broadcasted) at the National Radio Broadcast channel 1. Aired on the 16th of October 2014. I discussed the then upcoming concert of Markus Hohti at Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) concert series in Hafnarborg.

News from October 2014

Photos from the concert of Markus Hohti in the concert series Hljóðön (e. Phonemes)

Cellist Markus Hohti started the 2014-2015 season of Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) concert series at Hafnarborg with a concert on the 19th of October 2014. Markus performed on recently made Icelandic instruments by Hans Jóhannsson, violin maker and Halldór Úlfarsson, visual artist. Works by composers Kaija Saariaho, Simon-Steen Andersen and Sami Klemola among premiering a new work by composer Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson for Halldorophone.

Photos were taken by Halldór Úlfarsson.

News from October 2014

Hljóðön - concert series season 2014-2015

Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) concert series in Hafnarborg, is dedicated to contemporary music for small chamber setting. The year 2014/2015 includes four diverse concert in October, January, February and March. See further at the FB website.

News from October 2014

Rave reviews in the Guardian: "new Icelandic work chills and thrills"

Guardian’s critic on the orchestra work ‘As heard across a room’: “finespun, […] fun: sounds of somebody sorting through a cupboard, gently clattering about.”

Read the review here

News from October 2014

"Young Icelandic composers receive 4 star review" - Fréttablaðið

Article on the rave reviews of the concert by the BBC SSO in the Guardian.

Read the article here [Icelandic]

News from October 2014

Rave reviews in the Guardian: "new Icelandic work chills and thrills"

Guardian’s critic on the orchestra work ‘As heard across a room’: “finespun, […] fun: sounds of somebody sorting through a cupboard, gently clattering about.”

Read the review here

News from October 2014

"As heard across a room" premiered by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra premiered on October 4th the orchestra work, As heard across a room, the premiere is part of the ‘Hear and Now’ concert series, titled 'New Icelandic Voices’.

With works by other Icelandic composers such as Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Davíð Brynjar Franzson, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson and the Icelandic-based Charles Ross.

The photo is taken from a rehearsal of the BBC SSO at City Halls, Glasgow.

News from October 2014

"Study on timbre" premiered by Ingólfur Vilhjálmarsson, clarinetist, at Sláturtíð 2014 - Music Festival at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús

Clarinetist Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson, premieres the work ‘Study on timbre’ for amplified clarinet and video at the music festival Sláturtíð 2014, held by the composer’s collective S.L.Á.T.U.R in collaboration with the concert series Jaðarber (e. Peripherryberry) at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús. The concert takes place Saturday 11th of October 2014 at 20.

Free Admission

News from October 2014

Improv performance at "Sharmanka kinetic theater", Glasgow

Photo from a performance at Sharmanka Kinetic Theater at Trongate 103, Glasgow.

Performing with Ilan Volkov, Charles Ross, Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Glasgow-based musicians Neil Davidson and Liene Rozite, as well as French classical ‘cellist Severine Ballon.

Photo by Татьяна Жаковская taken from SHARMANKA KINETIC THEATER - Facebook group

News from October 2014

BBC SSO premieres the work 'As heard across a room' for orchestra, in City Hall, Glasgow

‘As heard across a room’ will be premiered by the BBC SSO on October 4th at 20, in City Hall, Glasgow.

About the concert:

“In this snap-shot survey of some of the exciting new work emanating from Reykjavík and the far north, the BBC SSO is conducted and presented by principal guest conductor Ilan Volkov, who is also chief conductor and music director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. To be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.”

Click here for (FREE) TICKET/EVENT INFORMATION

News from October 2014

Presenting Dark Music Days 2015 at Reykjavík Culture Night

Presenting the outline of the upcoming Dark Music Days festival, that will take place in January 29th - 1st of February 2015. With a free event in Kaldalón, Harpa, from 14-14:45 on Reykjavík Culture Night, 23rd of August 2014.

Program:

Screening an excerpt from the film, ‘The Caravan Concerts’ by composer and flautist Berglind M. Tómasdóttir.

Violinist Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir performs Þuríður Jónsdóttir’s work, 'INNI – musica da camera’ for electronics and violin.

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News from August 2014

"As heard across a room" premiered on October 4th, 2014 in Glasgow.

Currently finishing the orchestra work ‘As heard across a room’ that will be premiered by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at a concert in Grand Hall on October 4th 2014. Conducted by Ilan Volkov.

The work is the second I write for the occasion of an event of BBC SSO, where the premiere of the viola solo work, Persona, was premiered at the Tectonics Glasgow 2014 festival held by the orchestra last May.

From the program note of As heard across a room:

    In the work, the orchestra seeks to reproduce a sounding event as it would appear across a room.

News from August 2014

"Study for 2 resonant spaces" - Trailer

Click the image above to watch the trailer

Watch the trailer for the video work, Study for 2 resonant spaces, made in collaboration with visual artist Halldór Úlfarsson, visual artist.

News from July 2014

Stills from the video work "Study for 2 resonant spaces"

Stills from the video work 'Study for 2 resonant spaces’, made in collaboration with Halldór Úlfarsson, starring Frank Aarnink, percussionist of Duo Harpverk.

News from June 2014

Final edit of the video work "Study for 2 resonant spaces"

Final editing of the work Study for 2 resonant spaces, video work in collaboration with Halldór Úlfarsson.

News from June 2014

Recording sessions

In the beginning of June 2014: Recording session with Ensemble Adapter and Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, recording the works (MMXIV) mise en scène and Persona for an upcoming release.

News from June 2014

Interview on the radio show "Víðsjá" on the composers Yannis Kyrakides and Andrzej Kwiecinski winners of the ROSTRUM awards

Fjallaði um í Víðsjá um tónlist tónskáldanna Yannis Kyriakides og Andrzej Kwiecinski, en verk þeirra hlutu athygli á Rostrum, alþjóðlegu tónskáldaþingi. Aðgengilegt á netinu í 90 daga frá útvörpun. Sjá hér.

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Interview on the radio show Víðsjá at National Radio Broadcast - Channel 1 (Rás 1). Discussing the works of Andrzej Kwiecinski and Yannis Kyriakides, in relation to their works at the Rostrum.

News from June 2014

Meander: Monody etudes performed by EDGES ensemble in Huddersfield

Tuesday 17th of June 2014 at 1:15pm at in St Paul’s Hall, University Of Huddersfield, EDGES ensemble play a free concert of experimental works as part of the university’s Summer Showcase series, performing the work Meander: Monody etudes.

Meander: Monody etudes, is written for 4 performers, with animated notation. In the work, a figurative motif is expanded and repeated throughout the piece. The intention is to explore the different aspects of the same material, altering the focus of these sounds to the surface, to the rhythmic and to the ‘musical’.

Performers in EDGES ensemble are: David Pocknee, Maria Gkotzampougiouki, Joe Connolly, Phil Maguire, Alba Bru, Eleanor Cully, Asher Leverton

News from June 2014

Review in the LA Times on a concert of Dog Star Orchestra

    “The Icelanders are into updating music based on flamboyant graphic notation, which was at the heart of much American and European avant-garde music in the ‘50s and '60s. […] The players followed the moving lines and spheres and other geometrical shapes in a variety of ways. It was fun to watch. It was more fun not to look at the screen and wonder about the sounds. […] each of the Icelandic composers had a fresh approach, kept it simple, strange and surprising — and short."

    - Mark Swed, critic for L.A. Times

Review in LA Times by Mark Swed on a concert by Dog Star Orchestra which performed works by members of S.L.Á.T.U.R at Curved Line Space in L.A. last tuesday, the concert was curated and arranged by the composer and accordianist Daniel Corral. The group performed the work Sculpture #3 from 2011.

News from June 2014

Icelandic premiere of '(MMXIV) mise en scène' - Saturday 7th of June 2014 at 20

Ensemble Adapter perform (MMXIV) mise en scène at a concert in Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir Saturday 7th of June 2014 at 20. The concert is part of their annual festival FRUM which will be held the 9th time at Reykjavík Art Museum. The title of the concert is Lost and found and references the program, which includes older works by ‘lost’ nordic composers in blend with 'found’ music of the younger generation of nordic composers.

Entrance is 2000 KR / 1500 for students

News from June 2014

Dogstar Orchestra performs 'Sculpture #3' at Curve Line Space, Los Angeles

Composer and musician Daniel Corral curates an upcoming concert of the The Dogstar Orchestra, at Curve Line Space in Los Angeles, Tuesday 3rd of June 2014 at 8pm, presenting works by members of the Icelandic composer’s collective, S.L.Á.T.U.R.

Performing my work Sculpture #3 for 6 performers, the work is audiovisual where the notation of the work is graphic animated notation visible for both audience and performers.

The concert is part of a concert series presented by Dog Star Orchestra, presenting 15 concerts around Los Angeles. Musicians in the Dogstar Orchestra are: Matt Barbier, Eric Kenneth Malcolm Clark, Daniel Corral, Nicholas Deyoe, Liam Mooney, Jake Rosenzweig, Isaac Schankler, Stephanie Smith, Christine Tavolacci, Brian Walsh

Other composers on the program are:
Aki Asgeirsson, Þorkell Atlason, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Gunnar Karel Másson, Páll Ivan Palsson, Jesper Pedersen

News from June 2014

Ensemble Adapter perform '(MMXIV) mise en scène' at FRUM-festival in Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir

Ensemble Adapter performs (MMXIV) mise en scène on the FRUM-festival, held by the group at Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir. Saturday 7th of June 2014. The work, mise en scène, was written especially for the group for their concert at Nordlichter festival held in Berlin last February.

Photo by Rut Sigurðardóttir, showing from left: Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson, Matthias Engler, Kristjana Helgadóttir and Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir.

News from June 2014

"y = f(x)" - video notion with sound

Click on the image above to watch the video

The animated notation to the work y = f(x) is available to view online, with recording from the premiere of the work from Sláturtíð 2012 festival.

News from May 2014

Áshildur Haraldsdóttir's "Concert tour around Reykjavík"

Picture from a concert of the flutist Áshildur Haraldsdóttir, held in a city bus saturday 3rd of May. The concert was related to Haraldsdóttir’s concert in the the concert series Hljóðön (e. Phonemes), that took place 27th of April 2014 in Hafnarborg, where Haraldsdóttir premiered new works by composition students of Atli Ingólfsson at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, composition that related to the soundscape of bus.

Composer involved from the Iceland Academy of the Arts were Daníel Helgason, Hrafnkell Flóki Kaktus Einarsson, Þorkell Nordal and Örnólfur Eldon Þórsson. Haraldsdóttir performed her own work, hugljómun í leið 1, and the work ‘Viva strætó’ by composer Skúli Halldórsson, former office manager at Strætó

News from May 2014

"Persona" at Tectonics 2014 - Glasgow

Viola player and composer Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir premiered my new work Persona on the opening concert of Tectonics Glasgow 2014, festival curated by Ilan Volkov and Alasdair Campell, held by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The concert took place 9th of May in St. Andrew’s in the Square in Glasgow.

The piece described by the blogger with the pseudonym Santiago’s dead wasp:

    “It comprised a palette of squeaks, creaks, gestures, whispers and whistles drawn from the instrument, spaced among silences, and periodically coalescing into a moment of melody. These kind of strategies are familiar to me, and were well used here.”

The photo is taken during a dress rehearsal.

News from May 2014

Nominated for the international ROSTRUM of composers under 30 years old

The Icelandic national radio broadcast nominated the work Influence of buildings on musical tone [2013] for the International Rostrum of Composers (IRC), in the category of young composers under 30 years old.

IRC is an annual forum organized by the International Music Council that offers broadcasting representatives the opportunity to exchange and publicize pieces of contemporary classical music.

News from May 2014

Nominated for the international ROSTRUM of composers under 30 years old

S.L.Á.T.U.R (Collective of artistically obtrusive composers around Reykjavík) partakes in the Tectonics Glasgow 2014 music festival, held by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, curated by Ilan Volkov, with a concert dedicated to music written for events of the collective.

Performing music by composers Áki Ásgeirsson, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Páll Ivan frá Eiðum and Þorkell Atlason.

The concert takes place in the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow, sunday 11th of May at 16:00.

News from May 2014

Performing Christian Wolff's Metal and Breath at Tectonics Glasgow 2014 festival

It’s always an honor collaborating with the composer Christian Wolff, for the second time members of S.L.Á.T.U.R (Collective of artistically Obtrusive Composer around Reykjavík) work with Wolff’s work from 2007, Metal and Breath, performing it in a concert at Tectonics Glasgow 2014 on Saturday 10th of May at 21:30.

News from May 2014

New work, 'Persona', for solo viola premiered by Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir at Tectonics Glasgow 2014 festival

Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, viola player, premieres Persona, a viola solo work at the opening concert of the Tectonics Glasgow 2014 music festival, held by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and curated by Ilan Volkov. Event information on the website of BBC SSO.

The concert takes place in St. Andrew’s in the square in Glasgow, friday 9th of May 2014 at 19:30.

News from May 2014

Presentation of Experimental Barrels and experimental cello bridges at the Academy of the Arts

Visual artist, Halldór Úlfarsson and I have been moderating a course at the Iceland Academy of the Arts where the connecting point of Acoustics and Music is researched.

An overview of the researches in the course can be found on this website.

Monday 5th of May at 16 in Iceland Academy of the Arts, Þverholt - in lecture room A (in the basement). The students from the course will present the researched done in the course, presenting projects such as an experimental clarinet barrel, designed by the students and as well experimental Cello Bridges.

The presentation takes place in Lecture hall A, at The Iceland Academy of the Arts Þverholt 11, 101 Reykjavík.

Free admission

News from May 2014

S.L.Á.T.U.R Concert in Mengi - Sunday 4th of May 2014

As an upbeat to the performance of S.L.Á.T.U.R members at Tectonics Glasgow 2014 festival. The group will pre-premiere the performance in the concert venue Mengi, Óðinsgata 2, 101 Reykjavík.

On the program is Christian Wolff’s Metal and Breath from 2007 and works by S.L.Á.T.U.R members such as Áki Ásgeirsson, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, Jesper Pedersen, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson, Páll Ivan frá Eiðum and Þorkell Atlason.

The concert starts at 21, admission is 2000 ISK

Free admission

News from May 2014

Phonemes - Concert of Áshildur Haraldsdóttir and Helga Bryndís Magnúsdóttir in Hafnarborg

Áshildur Haraldsdóttir flutist and Helga Bryndís Magnúsdóttir pianist perform works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Horatiu Radulescu, Sofia Gubaidulina, Yan Maresz, Taylan Susam and Áshildur Haraldsdóttir as well as premiering new works by students of Atli Ingólfsson at the Iceland Academy of the Arts; Daníel Helgason, Hrafnkell Flóki Kaktus Einarsson, Þorkell Nordal and Örnólfur Eldon Þórsson.

The concert takes place Sunday 27th of April 2014 at 20.

Tickets available here

News from April 2014

Fengjastrútur performs the music of Alvin Lucier

The Honorary guest of Tectonics Reykjavík 2014 is Alvin Lucier. On this occasion, Fengjastrútur ensemble will be doing Icelandic premiers of Lucier’s works; Opera with Objects, Gentle Fire, Chambers and (Reykjavík) Memory Space.

  • Thursday 10th of October at 21 in Norðurljós recital Hall in Harpa - Opera with Objects
  • Friday 11th of October at 18 and at 21:15 in Foyer in Harpa - Performance of Chambers, Gentle Fire and (Reykjavík) Memory Space.

News from April 2014

Ljóðskáld raftónlistar - Radio interview in Víðsjá

Celebrating the arrival of Alvin Lucier to the Tectonics Reykjavík 2014 as a honorary guest, the radio show Víðsjá on channel 1 at the National radio spoke to various artists on the works of Lucier. Aired on 2nd of April 2014, only in Icelandic.

News from April 2014

Thranophone appearance: New album of Kippi Kaninus - Temperaments

Thranophone performer Ingi Garðar Erlendsson is a member of the Kippi Kaninus band that has released a new album, Temperaments, through the label Mengi, available here.

The instrument appears on the album on few occasions, below is a performance of the band live on KEXP during Iceland Airwaves 2013.


Click on the image to watch a video of a performance by Kippi Kaninus, live at KEXP

News from April 2014

Phonemes - Notation and interpretation - Concert of Borgar Magnason and Páll Ivan frá Eiðum in Hafnarborg

Borgar Magnason, double bassist, and Páll Ivan frá Eiðum, performer and composer, perform music by Borgar Magnason, Páll Ivan, Earl Brown, Matthew Shlomowitz and visual artist Haraldur Jónsson at a concert in Hafnarborg this sunday, 9th of Marc 2014. The concert is part of the concert series Hljóðön (e. Phonemes).

The music on the program shares the performers interest in music notation and interpretation. The concert is a part of Phonemes, a concert series dedicated to contemporary music at Hafnarborg. Tickets available here.

News from March 2014

Ensemble Adapter premiers (MMXIV) mise en scène at Nordlichter festival in Radialsystem V in Berlin, 28th of Februar 2014

Ensemble Adapter premieres the work (MMXIV) mise en scène at Nordlichter music festival in Berlin on the 28th of February 2014.

From the Nordlichter website:

„This year, the Ensemble Adapter presents experimental as usual new treasures of today’s Nordic Music with their new project ‘Lost and Found’. Three young composers on their way to an international career from Denmark, Iceland and Finland have written new pieces for Adapter that are premiered in this context. The three composers Simon Løffler (DK), Þráinn Hjálmarsson (IS) und Jouni Hirvelä (FIN) like experiments, and the result is three new opuses that arrange a meeting of traditional instruments like flute, clarinet, harp and drums on one side and effect pedals, electronic, cable and neon light effects on the other.“

Ensemble Adapter: Kristjana Helgadóttir (flute), Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson (clarinet), Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir (harp), Matthias Engler (percussion)

News from February 2014

Cadences of light and color - exhibition opening 1st of February 2014

The exhibition Cadences of light and color, curated by Jón Proppé, deals with the crossover of visual art and music and is a part of the Visual Music festival in Reykjavík and opens 1st of February 2014 and runs until 13th of April 2014 in Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús.

Showcased in the exhibition is a comparison of the 2 written versions made of Magnús Pálsson’s Ævintýr, The original one from 1997 made by Pálsson and the re-made version, that Atli Ingólfsson and I did for the retrospective exhibition of Magnús during the the last Reykjavík Art Festival.

News from February 2014

'Svíta' performed at Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir's solo toy piano recital

Pianist Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir performs music for toy piano at her solo toy piano concert in the concert venue Mengi, Saturday 25th of January 2014 at 21. Located in Óðinsgata 2, 101 Reykjavík. Among works on the program is my work, Svíta from 2007. Admission is 2.000 KR

News from February 2014

Cadences of light and color - exhibition opening 1st of February 2014

The exhibition Cadences of light and color, curated by Jón Proppé, deals with the crossover of visual art and music and is a part of the Visual Music festival in Reykjavík and opens 1st of February 2014 and runs until 13th of April 2014 in Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús.

Showcased in the exhibition is a comparison of the 2 written versions made of Magnús Pálsson’s Ævintýr, The original one from 1997 made by Pálsson and the re-made version, that Atli Ingólfsson and I did for the retrospective exhibition of Magnús during the the last Reykjavík Art Festival.

News from February 2014

New Clarinet Barrels used in new works, New Years celebration concert of S.L.Á.T.U.R, Friday 10th of January 2014

As a result of a course that Halldór Úlfarsson, visual artist and I taught at the Academy of the Arts in Iceland last autumn. We’ve collaborated with Stefán Ólafur Ólafsson, student at the Academy and Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, composer on the development of new versions of Clarinet barrels. The design is 3D printed and has there now been made 7 different versions already.

The course was documented roughly on this website.

On the new year’s concert of S.L.Á.T.U.R (Society of Artistically Obtrusive Composers around Reykjavík), in the alternate concert venue, Mengi, placed on Óðinsgata 2, 101 Reykjavík. You can hear new works written for the use of these new clarinet barrels. The Concert takes place Friday 10th of January 2014, admission is 2.000 KR

News from January 2014

2013 and 2014

Looking back - Projects in 2013

2013 has been an eventful year, performing and writing music, curating concert in brand new concert series, lecturing on my own music and giving lectures at the Academy of the Arts. This was the last year as a chairman of the Icelandic committee of the UNM music festival and the first year of the concert series Hljóðön, that started in Hafnarborg - Art Center.

Hljóðön (e. Phonemes).

Phonemes is a new concert series at Hafnarborg, dedicated to presenting music by various contemporary composers from the 20th and 21st century with a focus on small settings of chamber music. Light is shed upon subjects of contemporary music today and the artistic research of composers in the abstract world of poetry of sounds. The name of the series, Phonemes, references the basic unit of language’s phonology, phoneme, which can be combined and re-arranged with other phonemes in terms of forming meaningful units such as words or morphemes. Each concert is a combination of various phonemes that could or could not bring a meaning to the audience.

  • First concert of the series started in April 2013 where Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, violinist and Frank Aarnink, percussionist performed works by Györgi Kurtág, Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Una Sveinbjarnardóttir and more. The concert (and the series) got a great reviews from music critic, María Huld Markan.
  • In september Grímur Helgason, clarinetist and Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, viola player performed music by Mario Lavista, Luciano Berio and premiering a new piece: Dalás by Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir. More on the concert here.
  • In November Marie Guilleray, composer and vocalist and Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir, pianist performed a concert with the title, Music within language, where the music on the program shared a common interest in the use of language as a musical material, bringing forward the existing music that lives within languages.

NEW WORKS PREMIERED in 2013

3rd of February 2013, Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra premiered the work MMXIII, conducted by Ezequiel Menalled at the final concert of Dark Music Days 2013 at Northern Light Hall in Harpa, concert house in Reykjavík. The piece was aired by the National radio broadcast on the 11th of February 2013.

18th of April 2013, the work Influence of buildings on musical tone was premiered by members of Iceland Symphony Orchestra on the opening concert of Tectonics 2013 music festival. The work was aired live on the national radio broadcast.

13th of June 2013, Meander: monody etudes for 4 performers premiered at a concert in the concert series Ephemérè held in Studio Loos in Den Haag Holland. Performed by Karl Ingi Karlsson, Lovorka Holjevac, Rodrigo Parejo Mateos and myself.

12th of August 2013, DRAWING for piano, vln., vln, and vla. premiered at KAMMER music festival, performed by pianist Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir, violinists Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason and Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir and viola player Guðný Guðmundsdóttir.

OTHER PERFORMANCES in 2013

21st of August 2013, the work Brú for Harp and Percussion was performed at the UNM 2013 - New Music Performance festival in Oslo, Norway.

18th of October 2013,the work Svíta for Toy Piano was

PERFORMING in 2013

As the director of the ensemble Fengjastrútur, I’ve partaken in every concert of the group this year. The group started the year by performing music in relation to the Thranophone at a concert in Reykjavík Art Museum - see below under Thranophones.

In April, the group partook in Tectonics 2013 music festival in Reykjavík, and performed music by Christian Wolff, working with the composer on the works Metal and Breath (2007) and Pit Music (70’s), and performing work by Pauline Oliveros. As well performing it’s own concert performing works by composers of the composer’s collective S.L.Á.T.U.R at Northern Light Hall in Harpa on the April 20th.

On the 27th of March 2013, Fengjastrútur performed music by the composers Kunsu Shim and Gerhard Stäbler at a concert at Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir.

THRANOPHONES in 2013

27th of February 2013, a concert dedicated to Thranophones was held in collaboration with the concert series Jaðarber (e. Peripherry Berry) at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús. On the program, the instrument was put in context with music from the past such as icelandic premiers of music by Alvin Lucier and Steve Reich. In blend with music made for the instrument, by Áki Ásgeirsson, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson and myself. Performers on the concert were: Sandra Ósk Snæbjörnsdóttir, Halldorophone, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, Thranophone and Fengjastrútur Ensemble

The label Úsland released an improvisational album with a special focus on the Thranophone. Seventh entry in a series of free improvisation recordings made by Úsland Records. No score. No pre-made decisions. No nothing. Recorded live at Úsland Recording Facility in Reykjavik, Iceland on April 7th, 2013. With the musicians and artists, Curver, Magnetic tape, empty vinyl records and electric circuits, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson: Thranophone, Ilan Volkov: Violin, Harp and other things and Óttar Sæmundssen: Double Bass

Other: Albert Finnbogason - Coordinator, recording, edit, mix and master, Tumi Árnason - Soul saviour, artwork and coordinator and Héðinn Finnsson - Album Cover

The album is available here.

PRESS in 2013

February 2013 - Music critic, Jónas Sen, writes about the work MMXIII, performed by Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra in February: “The piece was introvert, a bit ambient, beautifully made, delicate.“

February 2013 - Radio interview in Icelandic on Thranophones, in Víðsjá in February 2013.

27th of April 2013 - Short interview in relation to the beginning of the concert series Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) in Morgunblaðið.

April 2013 - Short interview in Víðsjá in relation to the opening of the exhibition of Lúðurhljómur í skókassa at Reykjavík Art Festival in Reykjavík.

September 2013 - Radio interview about the concert series Hljóðön in Víðsjá.

October 2013 - Radio interview on Sláturtíð 2013 music festival in Ópus at the National Radio Broadcast.

26th of November 2013 - Article on the listening of music - aired on National radio broadcast on the show Víðsjá.

OTHER in 2013

23rd of May 2013 - 1st of September 2013 - The performance Ævintýr (1997) by the visual artist Magnús Pálsson was performed and documented as a part of the retrospective exhibition Lúðurhljómur í skókassa, that opened in Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús in relation to Reykjavík Arts Festival 2013. The composer Atli Ingólfsson and I remade and directed and re-arranged the performance which was performed by actors Bergur Ingólfsson, Katla Margrét Þorgeirsdóttir, Sigurður Skúlason and Una Margrét Jónsdóttir.

23rd of April 2013 - Masterclass at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, lecturing on my own music and working process with animated notation.

25-27th of April 2013 - "YOUNG EXPERIMENTAL COMPOSERS” - Was one of the assistant at a workshop that was held by Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra where kids got the chance of composing music and have it performed by musicians.

16th of May 2013 - Partook in the conference Hugarflug, on the relationship of Art and Research, held by the Academy of the Arts. Where Me, Halldór Úlfarsson, Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir discussed Artist research-survival tactics: the pros and cons of relatively young art and technology discussion forum Lornalab.

11th of August 2013 - Moderator of a panel discussion on the blurred gap between Music and the visual art as a part of the KAMMER music festival 2013. Sitting in the panel are Matthias Engler, percussionist Markús Þór Andrésson, curator, Ólafur Ólafsson visual artist and Libia Castro, visual artist and Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, violinist and festival director of KAMMER.

September 2013, Sound research group of LornaLAB signs a collaborative deal with Music research center at the Academy of the Arts.

Sláturtíð 2013 website was designed by me, the festival is annual and since 2009 a special new look on the website has been designed. The website got a bit viral for it’s design.

October 2013, visual artist Halldór Úlfarsson and I, teach a course at the Academy of the Arts on the relationship of Engineering and Music in collaboration with the University in Iceland. Through the course, research is made on Cello bridges and Clarinet Barrels. The course is documented here. Further results will follow in the spring 2014.

2014

The year of 2014 starts with a premiere in Berlin on the 28th of February 2014, where Ensemble Adapter will premiere the piece MMXIV (mise en scène) at Nordlichter music festival.

New piece for Viola premiered by Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir at Tectonics 2014 festival in Glasgow.

Performing a medley of works from the catalogue of works by composers in the collective S.L.Á.T.U.R at Tectonics 2014 Glasgow on 11th of May 2014.

New work in the making in collaboration with the visual artist Sigurður Guðjónsson for the Icelandic Flute Ensemble, premiered in June 2014.

Publishing of a etude book on Thranophones in the spring of 2014.

New work for Orchestra premiered by BBC SSO on October 4th 2014.

Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) 2014

The concert series Phonemes starts again in March 2014 where Borgar Magnason, double bass, and Páll Ivan frá Eiðum, performer and composer, perform music by James Tenney Matthew Shlomowitz, Cornelius Cardew, Borgar Magnason and more. The music on the program shares the performers interest in music notation and interpretation. More on the concert here.

Following in April, Áshildur Haraldsdóttir flutist and Helga Bryndís Magnúsdóttir pianist perform works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Beat Furrer, Sofia Gubaidulina, Taylan Susam and Áshildur Haraldsdóttir as well as premiering new works based on the ideas of phonemes by composition students of the Iceland Academy of the Arts. More on the concert here.

For the concert year of 2014-2015, the concert series will focus on different context on string instruments, bringing new and old string instrument to the front. More on it will follow in the spring.

News from January 2014

News 2013

Listen and read the score to the work 'Influence of buildings on musical tone' on youtube

Click on the image above to watch and listen to the work, Influence of buildings on musical tone [2013].

Listen to Influence of building on musical tone with score on youtube, uploaded by “incipitsify”

News from November 2013

Acoustic design: conversation between music and engineering

In collaboration with Halldór Úlfarsson, visual artist, we teach a course at the Academy of the Arts in Iceland in collaboration with the engineering department at University of Iceland. The course is on the context of acoustic design and instrument building with use of FEA technique.

Our collaborators at the University are Dr. Fjóla Jónsdóttir and Dr. Rúnar Unnþórsson. The course is divided in 2 parts. First half was in October 2013 and the latter one will be during spring 2014.

We’ve been documenting the whole process roughly on this website. But this coming spring a more detailed results from the work will be presented there.

News from November 2013

'Tónlist getur verið hvað sem er' - article

„Það er heilmikil vinna og hark að vera tónlistarunnandi og ná tengslum við þær ólíku hugmyndir sem eru í gangi“. Tónlistarpistill í Víðsjá sem útvarpað var 26. nóvember 2013. Nálgast má pistilinn hér.

A short article about music in the radio show Víðsjá, on Rás 1, The National Radio Broadcast.

News from November 2013

Ópus - Recording from Sláturtíð 2013

The work, Svíta (2007), for Toy Piano, was performed by Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir at Sláturtíð 2013 Music Festival. A recording of it was aired in the radio show Ópus, hosted by Ingibjörg Eyþórsdóttir at National Radio Broadcast. In the episode I discuss a bit on the S.L.Á.T.U.R collective of composers in Reykjavík.

You can listen to Svíta by clicking the link [may expire in the future], it starts in minute 6:50

News from November 2013

„Hin árlega Sláturtíð“ - Viðtal í Víðsjá vegna Sláturtíðar 2013

Menningarþáttur Rásar 1, Víðsjá, fjallaði um Tónlistarhátíðina Sláturtíð 2013 þann 16. október síðastliðinn.

Markmið hátíðarinnar er að kynna tónlist eftir meðlimi samtakanna auk annarra valinna samtímatónskálda en allt frá fyrstu Sláturtíð árið 2009 hefur S.L.Á.T.U.R. boðið erlendum gestatónskáldum að taka þátt í hátíðinni. Í ár eru erlendu gestirnir Daniel Corral frá Kaliforníu, Lars Graugaard frá Danmörku og listamannateymið Morten Minothi Kristiansen frá Noregi og Josh Ginsburg frá Suður-Afríku.

Hér má heyra umfjöllunina í heild [hlekkurinn er tímabundinn].

[ENGLISH]

Radio interview in relation to the annual Sláturtíð 2013 festival, held by S.L.Á.T.U.R, the interview is in Icelandic [the link may expire in the future].

News from October 2013

Svíta performed by Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir at Sláturtíð 2013 - Friday October 18th at 8pm in Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús

Pianist Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir, performs the piece Svíta (2007) for Toy Piano at her first full length toy piano concert, held in relation to the Sláturtíð 2013 festival, which is the composers´collective S.LÁ.T.U.R. annual event. The concert takes place in Hafnarhúsid - Reykjavík Art Museum. Friday October 18 at 8 pm

Program:

Gunnar Karel Másson: New work
Ingi Gardar Erlendsson: New work
Hallvardur Ásgeirsson: New work
Páll Ivan Pálsson: New work
Thráinn Hjálmarsson: Suite (2007)
Atli Heimir Sveinsson: From Fingersongs (2006)
Fabian Svensson: Toy Toccata (in black and White) (2009)
Julia Wolfe: East Broadway (1996)

News from October 2013

Sláturtíð 2013 - International music festival of S.L.Á.T.U.R

Sláturtíð 2013 - International music festival of S.L.Á.T.U.R is an annual music festival of S.L.Á.T.U.R., society of artistically obtrusive composers around Reykjavík, and will be held 16-19 October 2013.

Sláturtíð may be called a “short gallery opening”, where music of interest to the members of S.L.Á.T.U.R is performed as well as music by the members themselves.

Since the first Sláturtíð in 2009, S.L.Á.T.U.R. has invited guests form overseas to participate and this year the American composer Daniel Corral, the Danish composer Lars Graugaard, the Norwegian composer Morten Minothi Kristiansen and the South-African visual artist Josh Ginsburg will visit the festival.

There will also be concerts by longtime collaborators of S.L.Á.T.U.R. such as the Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir and Ensemble Fengjastrútur. The festival concludes with a dance party in the style of rave festivities of the last decade of the 20th century.

News from October 2013

Sound research group of LornaLAB signs a collaborative deal with Music research center at the Academy of the Arts

From left: Kjartan Ólafsson, on behalf of Academy of the Arts, Halldór Úlfarsson and Þráinn Hjálmarsson on behalf of Sound Research group of LornaLAB.

Sound research group of LornaLAB now collaborates with Music Research center at Iceland Academy of the Arts. Within the Sound research group of LornaLAB are instrument makers such as Halldór Úlfarsson, Hans Jóhannsson, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Þráinn Hjálmarsson among many more.

News feed in Icelandic on the website of Academy of the Arts.

News from September 2013

Hvað er Hljóðön? - Viðtal í Víðsjá

Viðtal í Víðsjá [hlekkur gæti verið tímabundinn] vegna tónleika Hljóðön, sunnudagskvöldið 15. september 2013. Á tónleikunum flytja þau Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir víóluleikari og Grímur Helgason klarínettuleikari verk eftir Kristínu Þóru, Bergrúnu Snæbjörnsdóttur, Gérard Grisey, Luciano Berio og Mario Lavista.

[Interview in Icelandic regarding the concert series Hljóðön in Hafnarborg]

News from September 2013

Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) 2013-2014

Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) - concert series at Hafnarborg.

Phonemes is a new concert series at Hafnarborg, dedicated to presenting music by various contemporary composers from the 20th and 21st century with a focus on small settings of chamber music. Light is shed upon subjects of contemporary music today and the artistic research of composers in the abstract world of poetry of sounds. The name of the series, Phonemes, references the basic unit of language’s phonology, phoneme, which can be combined and re-arranged with other phonemes in terms of forming meaningful units such as words or morphemes. Each concert is a combination of various phonemes that could or could not bring a meaning to the audience. The concert series is sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

Artistic director is composer, Þráinn Hjálmarsson

Program 2013-2014

    Sunday 15th of September 2013, 8 pm - Prologues
    Grímur Helgason, clarinet, and Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, viola, perform music by Gérard Grisey, Luciano Berio and Mario Lavista, as well as premiering new pieces by Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir and Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir. The music on the program invites the listener to explore prologues, beginnings without an end.

    Sunday 17th of November 2013, 8 pm - Music within languages
    Concert with vocalist Marie Guilleray and pianist Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir. The program includes music by Peter Ablinger, Georges Aperghis, Cathy Berberian, Luciano Berio, Marie Guilleray, Atli Ingólfsson and others.

    Sunday 9th of March 2014, 8 pm - notation and interpretation
    Borgar Magnason, double bass, and Páll Ivan frá Eiðum, performer and composer, perform music by James Tenney Matthew Shlomowitz, Cornelius Cardew, Borgar Magnason and more. The music on the program shares the performers interest in music notation and interpretation. The concert is a part of Phonemes, a concert series dedicated to contemporary music at Hafnarborg.

    Sunday 27th of April 2014, 8 pm - “Phonemes”
    Áshildur Haraldsdóttir, flautist, and Helga Bryndís Magnúsdóttir, pianist, perform works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Beat Furrer, Sofia Gubaidulina, Taylan Susam, Áshildur Haraldsdóttir, among there are new works by composition students of the Academy of the Arts, where they present works based on the ideas of phonems.

News from September 2013

Brú performed at UNM 2013 - New Music Performance, August 21st at 19:30

The work, Brú, originally written for Duo Harpverk, [Harp and Percussion] will be performed at UNM 2013 - New Music Performance festival, August 21st at 19:30 at NMH, Oslo, Norway.

News from August 2013

Symposium on Music and the visual art held 11th of August 2013 at 13:30

Panel discussion on the blurred gap between Music and the visual art as a part of the KAMMER music festival 2013. Sitting in the panel are Matthias Engler, percussionist Markús Þór Andrésson, curator, Ólafur Ólafsson visual artist and Libia Castro, visual artist and Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, violinist and festival director of KAMMER.

Moderator is Þráinn Hjálmarsson

The panel will be held at the Nordic House in Reykjavík, 11th of August at 13:30. FREE ADMISSION!

News from August 2013

'Drawing' premiered at KAMMER - music festival, 12th of August 2013 at 20, Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús

Premier of the piece “Drawing” written for KAMMER - music festival performed at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús, 12th of August at 20. Performed by Bjarni Frímann Gunnarsson, vln., Viktor Orri Árnason, vln., Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, vla. and Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir, pno.

Among other works on the program are works by the visual artists, Marcel Duchamp, Alison Knowles, Takehisa Kosugi, Dick Higgins and Olof Nicolai, and works by John Cage, Helmut Lachenmann.

Links

About the concert at Reykjavík Art Museum’s website

Facebook event

KAMMER - festival wesbite

News from August 2013

On the performance works of Magnús Pálsson [In Icelandic]

Click on the image above to watch the interview on vimeo

Interview [in Icelandic] on the performances of Magnús Pálsson in relation to the retrospective exhibition in Reykjavík Art Museum; Sound of a buggle in a shoebox, showing until 1st of september 2013.

News from August 2013

Sketch for a film/video work

Currently working on a video installation in collaboration with Halldór Úlfarsson, visual artist. We’re working on a comparison of acoustics in various spaces.

Photo taken during the sketching phase of the project - photo by Halldór Úlfarsson.

News from August 2013

'Ævintýr' by Magnús Pálsson screened at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús, throughout summer

The retrospective of Magnús Pálsson’s performances, the exhibition Sound of a bugle in a shoebox opened last may in Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús, as a part of Reykjavík Arts Festival 2013, the exhibition is open throughout this summer. At the exhibition it is possible to watch a documentation of the piece “Ævintýr” that took place 23rd of May. The work was re-arranged and directed by myself and Atli Ingólfsson, composer, performed by Bergur Ing­ólfsson , Katla Margrét Þor­geirs­dóttir, Sig­urður Skúlason, Una Margrét Jónsdóttir.

The exhibition is open during the opening times of the museum - everyday from 10:00 to 17:00 and on Thursday from 10:00 to 20:00.

Picture taken from Greipur Gíslason’s instagram

News from July 2013

'MEANDER: Monody etudes' premiered in Studio Loos, Den Haag, Holland on June 13th 2013 at 20.

A new piece, MEANDER: Monody etudes, for 4 performers will be premiered along with a performance of the work y = f(x) for 2 flutes, since 2012 and a piece by Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, composer.

Performers are Rodrigo Parejo Mateos, Karl Ingi Karlsson, Lovorka Holjevac and myself

Screenshot from the animated notation score below.

News from June 2013

"Ævintýr" by Magnús Pálsson performed at part of the live exhibition 'Lúðurhljómur í Skókassa' at Reykjavík Arts Festival 2013. May 18th 2013 at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús

The visual artist Magnús Pálsson (b. 1929) has for the last 30 years been working with language as a musical material, his works rumble between the content of a story and the use of language in such a matter that only the outer surface (musical sites) appears to the perception.

Reykjavík Art Museum in collaboration with Reykjavík Arts Festival 2013 runs a retrospective dedicated to his performances, called Lúðurhljómur í skókassa. On the exhibition there will be re-made performances of Pálsson through the years and one of them Ævintýr (e. Folk Tale) written for 4 actors is there amongst.

Folk tale by Magnús Pálsson is based on an Italian folk tale retold by Italo Calvino. In this version arranged by composers Atli Ingólfsson and Þráinn Hjálm­arsson, the work is app­roached from the vantage point of the music inh­erent in language, a recurring theme in Pálsson’s performances.

Performers are the actors Bergur Ing­ólfsson, Katla Margrét Þor­geirs­dóttir, Sig­urður Skúlason and Una Margrét Jóns­dóttir. Arranged and directed by Atli Ing­ólfsson and Þráinn Hjálm­arsson.

Event information

Ticket sale

News from May 2013

ARTIST RESEARCH-SURVIVAL TACTICS at Hugarflug, may 16th at 11-12:30 at the Academy of the Arts, Þverholt 11, Reykjavík

The conference on the relationship between Art and Research, Hugarflug, takes place at the Academy of the Arts, 16-17th of May 2013.

On may 16th at 11-12:30, Halldór Úlfarsson, Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir and myself discuss Artist research-survival tactics: Lornalab in room 201 at the Academy of the Arts, Þverholt 11, Reykjavík.

Discussing the pros and cons of relatively young art and technology discussion forum Lornalab.

Founded in 2010 LL is a DIY, crowd-sourcing, knowledge-sharing resource for artists and those interested in the creative use of technology. Occasionally the projects of members require “real” science, engineering, programming etc. In those instances we have had to be creative about how to fund and structure access to relevant professional to solve those problems…

We propose that there is a real need for a flexible coupling between the creative and scientific strata in Iceland and that such a solution would be inspiring and beneficial to both groups.

Iceland Academy of the Arts

Program of Hugarflug 2013 [In Icelandic]

Facebook event of Hugarflug 2013

News from May 2013

Thranophone #2 Etudes available online - Thranophone document website updated.

Ingi Garðar Erlendsson and I have been studying the Thranophone #2 with Tuba-resonance cavity. Our first result of our seminar with the instrument resulted in Ingi Garðar’s Study for Thranophone, premiered at a concert dedicated to the instrument at Reykjavík Art Museum february 27th 2013.

Our studies on the instrument includes going through techniques on the instrument and how to practice on the instrument and as well write for it. One half of making an instrument is do build it and realize it, the other part is making the instrument’s vocabulary, making an performance practice.

These etudes are made for instrumentalists and as well for composers, the etudes focus on various takes on the instrument such as voluming, glissandos, “nibble effect”, intonation and more. The etudes will be published in a book later on.

For Tuba players interested in extending their Tuba playing into Thranophoning, you can contact us to get further information on how to proceed.

Thranophones

News from April 2013

Linear notes for the album ÚÚ 7, released by Úsland records

News from April 2013

Hljóðön (e. Phonems) concert series starts in Hafnarborg, Sunday april 27th at 20

Hljóðön (e. Phonems) is a new concert series dedicated to contemporary music starting at Hafnarborg Art Center in Hafnarfjörður.

The first concert of the series is with Frank Aarnink, percussionist and Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, violinist. Performing works by Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, Györgi Kurtág, Una Sveinbjarnardóttir and Atli Heimir Sveinsson.

Artistic director of the series is Þráinn Hjálmarsson

About the concert [Icelandic]

Hafnarborg - Art Center

News from April 2013

Masterklass tónsmíða við Listaháskóla Íslands, Þriðjudaginn 23. apríl 2013 kl. 15 - frjáls aðgangur

Flyt erindi um eigin listsköpun í Masterklassi tónsmíða við Listaháskóla Íslands þriðjudaginn 23. apríl 2013 kl. 15. Á meðal þess sem komið er inná er notkun hreyfinótna í tónsköpun, kynning á hljóðfærinu Þránófóni, sem og þeim verkefnum sem eru í farvatninu síðar í vor.

[ENGLISH]

I’ll be giving a Masterclass at the composition department at Iceland Academy of the Arts, Tuesday 23rd of April at 15:00.

Discussing some of my works, thoughts and ideas, as well as mentioning usage of animated notation in my works and on the development of the instrument ‘Thranophone’.

News from April 2013

Hljóðön (e. Phonems) concert series starts in Hafnarborg, Sunday april 27th at 20

Seventh entry in a series of free improvisation recordings made by Úsland Records. No score. No pre-made decisions. No nothing.

Recorded live at Úsland Recording Facility in Reykjavik, Iceland on April 7th, 2013.

The album is available here.

Musicians:

Curver: Magnetic tape, empty vinyl records and electric circuits
Ingi Garðar Erlendsson: Thranophone
Ilan Volkov: Violin, Harp and other things
Óttar Sæmundssen: Double Bass

Other:

Albert Finnbogason - Coordinator, recording, edit, mix and master
Tumi Árnason - Soul saviour, artwork and coordinator
Héðinn Finnsson - Album Cover

News from April 2013

Listen to "Influence of buildings on musical tone" online

The performance of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra of the piece Influence of buildings on musical tone was broadcasted live on the National radio broadcast. Available for the next 2 weeks online here the piece starts at 6:55.

Hér má einnig heyra viðtal í Víðsjá um verkið, hljómsveitina Fengjastrút og um hátíðina Tectonics

Links

Recording of “influence of buildings on musical tone” - starts at 7:30

Interview online in Icelandic on Tectonics, the piece and the ensemble Fengjastrútur

News from April 2013

Listen to "Influence of buildings on musical tone" online

    Acoustics of buildings is one of the most influential part on music history, the dialogue between the performer and the acoustics is crucial in the development of musical forms, from that dialogue ideas on orchestra sizes and uses (and making) of instruments has been developed.

Influence of buildings on musical tone, premiered by members of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra on the opening concert of Tectonics 2013, which takes place in Eldborg concert hall of Harpa, Reykjavík, April 18th at 19.

Concert information

Ticket information

Tectonics 2013

News from April 2013

Screenshot from prepatorial stage of a project on Reykjavík Arts Festival 2013 with composer Atli Ingólfsson. Premiered 18th of May 2013.

News from April 2013

Listen to works for Thranophone #2

Available on the website of Thranophones are recordings of the pieces Lohanimalia by Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, 294° by Áki Ásgeirsson and Study by Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, performed at concert held in February dedicated to the instrument.

Shortly to follow in coming weeks are instrument etudes for Thranophone #2 with Tuba as a resonance cavity.

News from March 2013

Fengjastrútur performing works by Gerhard Stäbler and Kunsu Shim, Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir

Fengjastrútur ensemble performs works by Gerhard Stäbler and Kunsu Shim at upcoming concert in Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir, Wednesday 27th of March 2013 at 20.

Fengjastrútur alters in sizes and at the concert be Gunnar Grímsson, Þráinn Hjálmarsson, Hafdís Bjarnadóttir, Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Gunnar Karel Másson and Sandra Ósk Snæbjörnsdóttir

News from March 2013

'Influence of buildings on Musical tone' premiered at Tectonics 2013, Eldborg Concert Hall in Harpa, Reykjavík, April 18th at 19.

A new piece, Influence of buildings on musical tone, will be premiered at Tectonics 2013 music festival by members of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. The concert takes place in Eldborg concert hall of Harpa, Reykjavík.

Tectonics festival is held april 18th-20th 2013 for the second time. During the festival 23 events are held during the 3 days, with music by Christian Wolff, People like us, Jerry Hunt, Pauline Oliveros, Hildur Ingveldadóttir Guðnadóttir, Atli Ingólfsson and more.

Festival pass can be bought for the whole festival and costs only 5.000 ISK

Tectonics 2013

Icelandic Symphony Orchestra

News from March 2013

New concert series starts in Hafnarborg Art Center - Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir, pianist and Marie Guilleray, vocalist perform 10th of March 2013 at 20 in Hafnarborg Art Center

March 10th 2013 at 20 at Hafnarborg - Art Center. Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir, pianist and Marie Guilleray, vocalist perform works by Morton Feldman, George Aperghis, Peter Ablinger, Cathy Berberian, Luciano Berio and Marie Guilleray. The music on the program is themed on music using “language as a musical material”.

The concert is part of a new concert series starting in Hafnarborg Art Center, dedicated to contemporary music with a focus on artistic research and contextual works.

News from March 2013

Interview on Thranophones

An interview (in Icelandic) in the radio show Víðsjá on the National Radio Broadcast in Iceland. On the instrument Thranophone. Photo by Dagur Gunnarsson. [Link may be broken]

News from February 2013

Thranophones in the present and the past. Concert at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús, Wednesday 27th of February at 20.

Click on the image above to watch the trailer

Works by Áki Ásgeirsson, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Alvin Lucier, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, Steve Reich and Þráinn Hjálmarsson.

Performers are Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, Thranophone #2, Sandra Ósk Snæbjörnsdóttir, Halldorophone, Magnús Jensson, Thranophone #1, Gunnar Karel Másson, Thranophone #1 and Fengjastrútur

News from February 2013

MMXIII aired

Recording from the premiere of MMXIII, performed by Reykjavík chamber orchestra, at the final concert of Dark Music Days 2013, was aired this evening, in the radio show Ópus on National Radio Broadcast.

The show is available for listening online for 2 weeks, click on the link here [MMXIII starts at 19 minutes in]

News from February 2013

MMXIII aired

Recording from the premiere of MMXIII, performed by Reykjavík chamber orchestra, at the final concert of Dark Music Days 2013, was aired this evening, in the radio show Ópus on National Radio Broadcast.

The show is available for listening online for 2 weeks, click on the link here [MMXIII starts at 19 minutes in]

News from February 2013

Thranophone in the present and the past - 27th of February 2013 at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús

A whole concert dedicated to the electro-acoustic instrument Thranophones will be held at a Jaðarber (e. Perripherryberry) concert at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús, Wednesday February 27th at 20.

On the program, the instrument will be placed in context with music from the past such as icelandic premiers of music by Alvin Lucier and Steve Reich. In blend with music made for the instrument, by Áki Ásgeirsson, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson and myself.

Performers on the concert are: Sandra Ósk Snæbjörnsdóttir, dorophone, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, Thranophone and Fengjastrútur Ensemble.

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News from February 2013

MMXIII premiered by Kammersveit Reykjavíkur February 3rd 2013 at 20, Harpa Concert Hall - Northern Lights Hall

The work MMXIII will be premiered by Kammersveit Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Chamber Ensemble) at the final concert of the music festival Myrkir Músíkdagar 2013 (e. Dark Music Days 2013). The concert takes place at the Northern Lights Hall of Harpa, Reykjavík.

Other pieces on the program are by composers such as György Kurtág, Jónas Tómasson, Charles Ives, Steingrímur Rohloff and Alejandro Castaños.

News from February 2013

2012 and 2013

Looking back - Projects in 2012

It’s about time to summarize the work done this year and look forward towards the upcoming year. 2012 has been full of various and great projects, varying from teaching, being a festival director, writing music, artistic research on Thranophones and lecturing.

  • The first months of 2012 was dedicated to research on Thranophones in collaboration with Halldór Úlfarsson, visual artist. We developed a Formant, in use with the instrument and in relation to it we did some frequency response measurements (as well some studies) at the University in Iceland with great help from Ari Ólafsson, docent at the University.

  • The instrument even got some attention from the magazine THE WIRED last November!

  • The great Tectonics 2012 - music festival of Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, was held in March and S.L.Á.T.U.R had it’s own concert on the program with multiple performances of new pieces. and premier of a new work by me; MMXII. The Performance group related to S.L.Á.T.U.R, Fengjastrútur, performed Christian Wolf’s Burdocks and I performed with a smaller group of Fengjastrútur where we premiered Charles Ross’ The ventriloquist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.

  • LECTURER AND TEACHER - Early summer was dedicated to more theoretical work, where I spoke in May at the Art in Translation conference on the “vocal sculptures” of Magnús Pálsson, visual artist, in collaboration with Bryndís Björnsdóttir, visual artist. The dialogue between us Bryndís on Magnús’ work evolved and later this year we re-published a book by Magnús in collaboration with Útúrdúr-bookstore (see below).

  • In early June me and Þóranna Björnsdóttir, visual- and sound artist, spoke on “Systems” at the the exhibition TALK at the (i)ndependent people exhibition at the Reykjavík Art Museum. Our discussion can be seen on VIMEO (only in Icelandic though).

  • Before diving into the large project of running the UNM 2012 festival in August, Duo Harpverk premiered the work Brú for Harp and Percussion on their 5 years anniversary concert in Iðnó.

  • August 2011-September 2012 - As the festival director of UNM 2012 - Music Innovation, May-September was dedicated to this Nordic festival that was held August 28th-September 1st in Reykjavík. Around 900 people showed up at the concerts of the festival and listened to the music of Young Nordic Composers. Beside having on the program works by 35 different young composers, guest composers of the festival were Klaus Lang and Þuríður Jónsdóttir. The festival was dedicated to Music Innovation where Lectures and Workshops on the topic of innovation in instrumentation and performance were held during the festival, in close collaboration with LornaLAB, Reykjavík Art Museum, Jaðarber – concert series and Iceland Academy of the Arts.

  • As an upbeat to the UNM festival, UNM and TUF (The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival) collaborated on doing a panel discussion on “the future of music” in Iceland. Among guests in the panel were the composers Þuríður Jónsdóttir, Kjartan Ólafsson, Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson, Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Karólína Eiríksdóttir and pianist, Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir. I partook in it by leading the panel discussion.

  • The Radio show, Ópus, on the National Radio Broadcast, dedicated 4 shows on the festival and aired 16 of the works from the festival.

  • October - y = f(x) premiered at Sláturtíð 2012, written for Martial Nardeau, flautist, and Guðrún Birgisdóttir, flautist. The festival is held by the Composer’s Collective S.L.Á.T.U.R, the festival this year included 5 concerts during the 4 days of the festival.

  • November - 6 members of S.L.Á.T.U.R travelled to Gothenburg, Sweden, to hold a Workshop and perform 2 Concerts at GEIGER festival. Here is a clip from a rehearsal from the second concert, “Boogie” by Páll Ivan Pálsson - On these 2 concerts we performed 16 works by S.L.Á.T.U.R members, including my own works; KOSKO and Projected Notation.

  • November - Fengjastrútur performed works by Pauline Oliveros at Jaðarber - concert series, Pauline herself appeared via Skype and improvised with members of Fengjastrútur. As a preparation to the concert and rehearsal the band meditated and “deep listened” for 90 minutes before any music was performed.

  • December - Útúrdúr - Book store re-published the book „Bók um bók og fleira“. The dialogue between us Bryndís Björnsdóttir, visual artist on Magnús Pálsson’s work resulted in our aim to publish this book which he made in a with his students at MHÍ in 1980. The book shows an insight into the situation that he sets up and works from with people, where he wants everybody to have creative input in the situation, which is often an element in his vocal sculptures.

Outlooks of 2013

The outlook of the upcoming year is quite busy and some things are left unsaid where they aren’t fully confirmed at the moment.

  • 3rd of February 2013 - Premiere of the piece MMXIII by Reykjavík Chamber Ensemble (Kammersveit Reykjavíkur) at Northern Light hall in Harpa concert hall. As a part of the final concert of Dark Music Days 2013.

  • February 2013 - Jaðarber concert dedicated to Thranophones, with works by Alvin Lucier, Steve Reich, Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, myself and more.

  • February 2013 - LornaLAB presentation in Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús. Presenting lectures related to the newly established research facility, hosted by Iceland Academy of the Arts.

  • 10th of March 2013 - Curating a new Concert series, which will be held in Hafnarborg Art Center in Hafnarfjörður - Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir, pianist and Marie Guilleray, singer/composer perform music by Peter Ablinger, George Aperghis, Morton Feldman, Cathy Berberian, Luciano Berio and Atli Ingólfsson.

  • April 2013 - Premiere of a new work written for Tectonics 2013 music festival, in Eldborg Hall in Harpa.

  • „Ævintýr“ by visual artist Magnús Pálsson. Written for 4 actors.

  • June 2013 - New work performed at Ephémère concert series at Studio Loos, Den Haag, Holland.

  • July 2013 - Guest teacher at Kunstuniversität Graz, Austria

Other projects 2013/2014

New work for the Icelandic Flute Ensemble

News from February 2013

News 2012

Bókverkið Bók um bók og fleira kemur út í dag, 21. desember 2012 hjá bókverkabúðinni Útúrdúr. Bókin kom fyrst út árið 1980 og er afrakstur samtals Magnúsar Pálssonar og nemenda hans í nýlistardeild í Mynd- og Handíðarskólanum á sínum tíma. Umræðuefnið var bókin sjálf og eiginleikarnir hennar.

Í tengslum við verkefnið fundust upptökur upptökur frá undirbúningi bókarinnar, hlusta má örlítið brot hér.

ENGLISH

I collaborated with the bookstore Útúrdúr on re-publishing the book Bók um bók og fleira (mostly in Icelandic) which Magnús Pálsson, visual artist and his students at the art academy published back in 1980. The book is a discussion on books and how they can be conceptually expanded. The book gives an insight to Magnús’ teaching methods and how he sees the importance of artists collaborations.

News from December 2012

Portrait concert of Pauline Oliveros November 24th at 15 - Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavík Art Museum

Fengjastrútur will perform the music of Pauline Oliveros at Jaðarber-concert, saturday Nov 24th at 15 placed at Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir.

Pauline will be present via internet and will give short speech on deep listening. For preparation for the concert Fengjastrútur has been doing deep listening exercises in preparation for performing the pieces.

News from November 2012

S.L.Á.T.U.R at Cinnober teater, Gothenburg, Sweden - as a part of GEIGER Festival, 16-18th of November 2012

S.L.Á.T.U.R will have a Workshop and two Concerts at the Nov~Fest of GEIGER-festival at Cinnober Theater, Gothenburg, Sweden, 16-18th of November 2012, the festival is held by GEIGER, which is a socitey for contemporary music and electronica in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Members of S.L.Á.T.U.R that will be present are: Bára Sigurjónsdóttir, Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson, Jesper Pedersen, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Páll Ivan Pálsson and Þráinn Hjálmarsson.

On the Workshop

We’ll discuss the use of notating/instructing music/performance, looking for the the link between information and output. Notation as a means of creating new musical expression. Creating and executing scores in the broadest sense. Beginners and experts welcome

Program

  • 16.11.2012 10-12 - ANIMATED NOTATION - Lecture/introduction to workshop 12-13 - BREAK 13-18 - WORKSHOP on information design/notation and performance

  • 17.11.2012 12-13 - Strangeness - lecture/workshop input 14-15 - New Instruments in Iceland - lecture/workshop input 15-18 - WORKSHOP continues - instruments etc. 22-22:30 - CONCERT - Music by members of S.L.Á.T.U.R

  • 18.11.2012 12-16 - WORKSHOP - Preparation for CONCERT [music by participants in the workshop and members of S.L.Á.T.U.R] 18-20 - CONCERT w/ music by participants in the workshop and members of S.L.Á.T.U.R

News from November 2012

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Excerpt from a performance by Ingi Garðar Erlendsson on Thranophone #2: Requiem, as a part of the concert “Sounds of Soloists”, held at the Living Art Museum in Reykjavík, 11.11.2012

News from November 2012

Solo performance of Ingi Garðar Erlendsson on Thranophone #2: Requiem at the Living Art Museum - November 11th 2012 at 20

Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, composer and Thranophone-instrumentalist, will perform on Thranophone #2: Requiem at the Living Art Museum - Sunday, November 11th at 20.

The program is called “Sounds for soloists” - „a performance tour dedicated to a selection of acclaimed artists, who have invented their own language or instrument and perform solo.“ Other artists beside Ingi will be Anders Lauge Meldgaard, Cia Rinne, and a Rawlings. Further on the performance tour here [English] and here [íslenska].

News from November 2012

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Raw video of the performance of y=f(x) , performed at Sláturtíð 2012, October 27th 2012. Performed by me and Martial Nardeau, flautist.

News from October 2012

Concert at Bókakaffið, Selfoss, Iceland - Tuesday, October 30th at 20

An Improvisation concert with Charity Chan, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson and more at Bókakaffið, Austurvegur 22, Selfoss, Iceland. Free admission!

News from October 2012

Workshop and Concerts at GEIGER-festival in Gothenburg, Sweden - 16-18th of October 2012

A group of members from S.L.Á.T.U.R attend the GEIGER-festival held in Gothenburg throughout whole November 2012, with Concerts and Workshops in relation to Cinnobear Theater in Gothenburg and the festival itself.

News from October 2012

On Sláturtíð 2012

Viðtal ásamt Charity Chan í Víðsjá um Sláturtíð 2012 - tónlistarhátíð S.L.Á.T.U.R, sem haldin er 24.-27. október 2012 í samstarfi við Jaðarber, Reykjavík Art Museum and LornaLAB

ENGLISH

Interview in the radio show 'Víðsjá' at the National Radio Broadcast, channel 1 - Discussing the music festival of S.L.Á.T.U.R - Sláturtíð 2012.

News from October 2012

Premiere of y = f(x) at Sláturtíð 2012, October 27th at 20.

The piece y=f(x) for 2 flutes will be premiered at the Sláturtíð 2012 - international music festival of S.L.Á.T.U.R, on October 27th at 20 at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús. In collaboration with Jaðarber concert series.

ENGLISH

Interview in the radio show 'Víðsjá' at the National Radio Broadcast, channel 1 - Discussing the music festival of S.L.Á.T.U.R - Sláturtíð 2012.

News from October 2012

Gestur „Tónlistarklúbbsins“ á Rás 1, 21. ágúst 2012, kl. 14:03

Heimsókn í Tónlistarklúbbinn ásamt Hilmari Erni Hilmarssyni, tónskáldi. Þátturinn er í umsjón Margrétar Sigurðardóttur.

Þátturinn er fluttur á Rás 1, þriðjudaginn 21. ágúst, kl. 14:03, endurfluttur, sunnudag 24. ágúst, kl. 20:0

Hægt er að nálgast upptöku af þættinum í allt að fjórar vikur á heimasíðu RÚV.

[ENGLISH]

Guest at the radio show „Tónlistarklúbburinn“ at Radio Rás 1 at the National Radio Broadcast show.

News from August 2012

UNM 2012 - Music Innovation, held 28th of August until 1st of September 2012 in Reykjavík, check out festival website here. Also on Facebook here.

News from August 2012

Volumes for Sound in the Living Art Museum, 19th of June 2012 at 20.

The Exhibition “Volumes for Sound” by Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson is exhibited under the umbrella-exhibition “(i)ndependent people” as a part of Reykjavík Art Festival 2012. During their exhibition they invite sound artist to perform within their exhibition using the speakers involved in the exhibition. S.L.Á.T.U.R arranges one concert and will include members such as Ríkharður H. Friðriksson, Jesper Pedersen, Hallvarður Ásgeirsson, Páll Ivan Pálsson, with guest appearance of Christoph Schiller and Loic Grobéty.

The concert of S.L.Á.T.U.R takes place on the 19th of June at the Living Art Museum [Nýlistasafnið], RVK at 20.

News from June 2012

Concert with Christoph Schiller, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson and Jesper Pedersen, 16th of June 2012 at 17

Free Improvisation-concert with Christoph Schiller, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson and Jesper Pedersen at Ingólfsstræti 10, RVK at 17 on 16th of June 2012.

The Event on Facebook [Christoph Schiller in Iceland]

News from June 2012

Sketch from the developing stage of a composition for a duet, anitation score, carrying the working title y=f(x). Premiered in Sept/Oct 2012.

News from June 2012

Lecture with Þóranna Björnsdóttir at the exhibition 'Blatt Blað', 7th of June 2012

The visual artists Jóna Hlíf Halldórsdóttir and Hlynur Hallsson invite various artist to the discussion on 'systems'through their paper Blatt Blað and an exhibition, parallel to the outcome of that paper, 7 lectures will be held by various artists on ‘systems’ during the exhibition.

The exhibition opens in hall B of Hafnarhús in Reykjavík Art Museum
Document of the lecture will be shown in the exhibition space until the end of the exhibit in september.

The exhibition is a part of a larger exhibition,
(i)ndependent people in collaboration with Reykjavík Art Festival 2012

News from June 2012

Ópus, 21st of May at 21:10 on Rás 1 - National radio broadcast. Presenting the upcoming UNM 2012 festival

The last show of this winter of the radio show Ópus on Rás 1 (national radio broadcast), by Ingibjörg Eyþórsdóttir. will be dedicated to the upcoming UNM festival, held in Reykjavík, 28th of August until 1st of September.The festival has launched a website and will be a grand festival. Held in collaboration with many various institutions and groups in Reykjavík.

Telling listeners about the upcoming UNM 2012 - Music Innovation music festival, held in Reykjavík, 28th of August-1st of September 2012.

News from May 2012

'snemmendis' at the conference Art in Translation, 26 of May 2012 at 10:30

snemmendis is a lecture/performance made in collaboration with Bryndís Björnsdóttir, visual artist, on the works and ideology of visual artist Magnús Pálsson. The lecture will be takes place at the conference Art in Translation.

The biannual conference Art in Translation is a conference on the relation on the Language and the arts held by the University of Iceland and the Nordic House

The lecture takes place Saturday, 26th of May at 10:30 at Askja, room 130 [University of Iceland]

News from May 2012

Sculpture #3 performed at SPOR-festival, 13th of May 2012 at 17

Sculpture #3 performed at SPOR festival 2012, the concert will take place at Granhöj Dans, Aarhus, Denmark on the 13th of May at 17. As part of a S.L.Á.T.U.R concert held on the festival.

News from May 2012

Duo Harpverk premieres Brú at Iðnó, 23rd of april 2012 at 20:00

Birthday concert of Duo Harpverk, celebrating their 5 years of hard work, where lots of new pieces for this combination, Harp and Percussion, have been made especially for them. A truly productive and great duet of Katie Buckley, harp, and Frank Aarnink, percussion.

The work, Brú, has been slowly in development and follows the use of notation as an instrument and part of the composition. Working with layerings of tempis in moiré-patterns.

The concert will take place at Iðnó in Vonarstræti, 23rd of april 2012.

News from April 2012

Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir performs 'Svíta' at Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavík Art Museum, 28th of March 2012 at 20

Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir performs Svíta [2007] f. Toy Piano. on the concert ’Grams - concert with toys and games’, as a part of Jaðarber concert series. 28th of March 2012 at 20 at Kjarvalsstaðir - Reykjavík Art Museum. Free admission.

News from March 2012

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Video of the measurement process of Thranophone-formant

News from March 2012

Screenshot from an upcoming piece to be premiered in April.

News from March 2012

Picture of frequency response measurement of Thranophone-formant. With great help of Ari Ólafsson and Marian Siarov at University of Iceland.

News from March 2012

Fengjastrútur rehearsing Charles Ross’ piece ‘The Ventriloquist’ for performance 3rd of March 2012 on Tectonics music festival. Picture taken by Ríkharður Friðriksson

News from March 2012

MMXII premiered in Norðurljós, Harpa concert house, Reykjavík Iceland, 3rd of March 2012 at 21

The piece MMXII (for 2 db. and perc.) will be premiered at the Tectonics music festival 2012 - curated by Ilan Volkov, proudly presented by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Concert will take place in Norðurljós, concert hall in Harpa. Saturday 3rd of March at 21. Tickets should be available online through midi.is

News from March 2012

Radio Theater: Svipleiftur

A radio show made by Jón Hallur Stefánsson on the life of the writer Steinar Sigurjónsson, since 2008 or so, re-played on Rás 1 on the National radio broadcast (RÚV). Thursday 12th of January 2012 at 22:20. The show is in Icelandic.

News from January 2012

Animated notation - http://animatednotation.blogspot.com/

A website about an up and coming field of interest amongst composers today.

News from January 2012

Animated notation - http://animatednotation.blogspot.com/

Synthetic Thranophone - JAVA application - works only on Mac.

Send an e-mail to thrainn.hja [ a t ] gmail [ d o t ] com to get a copy and further info.

News from January 2012

News 2011

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News 2010

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News 2009

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News 2008

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News 2007

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