16. November 2016

Sono Luminus records Icelandic music with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Daníel Bjarnason conducts 5 new works

Iceland Symphony Orchestra announces a new recording partnership with Sono Luminus. The first recording session will be conducted by composer/conductor Daníel Bjarnason, and will feature his music as well as music by Icelandic composers Thurídur Jónsdóttir, María Huld Markan, Hlynur A. Vilmarsson, and Anna Thorvaldsdóttir. The sessions will take place from December 5-9, 2016 at Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland, and an April 2017 release date is planned.

I'm thrilled about our new relationship with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra,” Sono Luminus CEO Collin Rae says. “It is not only a spectacular step for all involved but also seemingly a very natural one! We look forward to bringing recordings of the Iceland Symphony's impressive performances, showcasing some of today's most exciting Icelandic composers, to listeners.

Arna Kristin Einarsdottir, Managing Director of the orchestra says, “To record new Icelandic music is one of the most important role of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Through our collaboration with Sono Luminus we are able to reach further and let Icelandic music be heard.

The new album will include Daníel Bjarnason's Emergence, Thurídur Jónsdóttir's Flow and Fusion, María Huld Markan's Aequora, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir's Dreaming, and a work by Hlynur A. Vilmarsson.

Sono Luminus

Sono Luminus was founded in 1995 by Sandy Lerner and Len Bosack, founders of Cisco Systems. Drawing upon their expertise in digital technologies as well as their love of music, they applied their experiences to realize a life-long dream: to develop and create a new paradigm for recorded sound, dedicated to the realization of true performance fidelity. To achieve this, Sono Luminus adopted a simple philosophy of “less is more,” with a focus on natural, ambient acoustics.

As the first American record label to release audio projects on Pure Audio Blu-ray technology, Sono Luminus specializes in the highest caliber of audio quality. Not only does this format guarantee the utmost in sonic experience available, it also gives Sono Luminus the ability to provide the consumer with high resolution 192k/24-bit stereo versions as well as 7.1, 96k/24-bit, and 5.1, 192k/24-bit surround sound. They are now expanding the immersive listening experience with the use of Auro-3D 9.1 recordings.

Sono Luminus owns and operates its own, state-of-the-art recording studio located in a nearly 100-year-old former Emmanuel Episcopal Chapel in rural Boyce, VA. In addition to a beautiful natural acoustic created by the 25-foot vaulted wood ceiling over a 35'x65′ original heart pine floor, Sono Luminus Studios has the capability of recording 24 simultaneous channels of audio with sample rates up to DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition) 352kHz/24-bit or DSD (Direct Stream Digital).

Under label CEO Collin Rae, who came to Sono Luminus in fall 2014 after working in the recording industry for many years at Naxos of America and Universal, the label is now focused on creating a unique voice within the vast world of recorded sound, developing relationships with some of today's most energizing classical music composers and performers. The label's commitment is to the music, the people who create it, and to recording and releasing it in the most dynamic way possible. In addition to producing new recordings, Sono Luminus also licenses and releases music that aligns with the label's philosophy and aesthetic under its SL Editions series.

Sono Luminus has received the Audio Engineering Society's Award of Excellence in High Resolution Audio (2007), twenty Grammy nominations, one Grammy award for Best Engineered Classical Album in 2009, and one Latin Grammy award for Best Classical Album in 2012.