Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dark Music Days

Dark Music Days Festival of Contemporary Music 2013
four days and nights of exciting new music and events in Iceland´s spectacular new concert hall "Harpa" began today. The Opening ceremony was held at RUV, Iceland state broadcasting system on broadcast live. In the ceremony I performed some great new music by Atli Heimir Sveinsson with Helga Bryndís Magnúsdóttir, piano. Águst Ólafsson, baritone, and Eva Þyri Hilmarsdóttir, pianist, also performed songs by Atli Heimir Sveinsson in the concert. We all rememberd one of Iceland's most prominent composers and pioneer of Modern Music Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson who passed away last night. The Festival 2013 is a tribute to Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson.

click here to listen to the concert

The Opening Concert with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra tonight at Harpa was also thrilling and I look forward to the next days crammed with exiting new music.

Thora Einarsdottir

Friday, January 25, 2013

Film on the Nordic Church Music Symposium 2012

This film about the Nordic Church Music Symposium held in Iceland 2012 includes an excerpt of Óttusöngvar á vori or Mattins in Spring by Jon Nordal from the Opening Concert in Hallgrímskirkja. The short documentary includes music excerpts interviews and comments from participants and some stunning images from Icelandic nature

Thora Einarsdottir soprano
Tobias Nilsson countertenor
The Motett Choir of Hallgrímskirkja
Hörður Áskellsson

A Film from the Nordic Church Music Symposium held in Reykjavik 2012