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Journey Without Destination

The Iceland Symphony at the Dark Music Days Festival

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Date Location Price
27 Jan 2022 » 19:30 » Thursday Eldborg | Harpa 3.800 – 4.800 kr.
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  • Program

    Áskell Másson Capriccio
    Haukur Tómasson It Relaxes Me, the Repetition
    Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir Pons papilloma
    Kjartan Ólafsson Mar – Voyage Through Waves
    Sveinn Lúðvík Björnsson Glerhjallar

  • Conductor

    Ville Matvejeff

  • Soloists

    Áskell Másson, Bryndís Halla Gylfadóttir, Grímur Helgason and Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir

Five exciting new Icelandic orchestral works will be showcased at the Iceland Symphony’s Dark Music Days concert. 

Áskell Másson has long been among the foremost composers of percussion music. His Capriccio is written for darabuka, a goblet drum originating in Turkey and the Near East. Over a long career, Áskell has gained considerable command of the instrument and joins the Iceland Symphony as soloist for this performance. The score includes another unusual instrument, the aluphone, which the Iceland Symphony recently received as a gift. 

Haukur Tómasson has long been well known for his compositions, one of which can be heard on the Iceland Symphony’s Grammy-nominated CD Concurrence. His new orchestral work, It Relaxes Me, the Repetition, was inspired by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who has enjoyed widespread acclaim for her colourful, obsession-laden works.

Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir received the Brightest Hope award for classical and contemporary music at the 2020 Icelandic Music Awards, and her recent theatre piece, Fuglabjargið, was exceedingly well received at its recent performance in the Reykjavík City Theatre. About her new work, Pons papilloma, written at the request of the Iceland Symphony the composer says it represents “mapping and working through trauma.”

A new orchestral piece by Sveinn Lúðvík Björnsson is always good news. His contemplative style has brought him deserved attention, and when the Iceland Symphony performed his Clarinet Concerto in 2014, the critic from Fréttablaðið called it a mesmerising experience, ranking the concerto “among the very best Icelandic concerti I have ever heard.”

Kjartan Ólafsson’s new orchestral piece is dedicated to the memory of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. The Iceland Symphony’s Dark Music Days concert is conducted by composer-conductor Ville Matvejeff, Chief Conductor of the Jyväskylä Sinfonia.

New and exciting music by a diverse group of Icelandic composers.