Þuríður Jónsdóttir: Flow and Fusion

Þuríður Jónsdóttir (b. 1967) frequently explores novel worlds of sound in her works. Many are accompanied by electronic sounds or dramatic gestures, sounds from nature, or include audience participation. Among her most important works are the flute concerto Flutter, written for the Italian flute virtuoso Mario Caroli, where insect sounds are in counterpoint to the orchestra, Flow and Fusion for large orchestra, Red Circle for choir, vocal soloists, and electronics, and the accordion concerto Installation Around a Heart, written for the renowned Norwegian accordionist Geir Draugsvoll and the Caput Ensemble. A new work of hers, Cylinder 49, was premiered at the LA Philharmonic's Reykjavík Festival last April. Her works have been nominated for the Icelandic Music Award as well as for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2006, 2010, and 2012.

At the time of Flow and Fusion's Icelandic premiere, Þuríður said that among her inspirations was an image of „different streams of flowing red-hot lava that combined in one moving stream, which became hard, turned into rock ... and began to sound.“