I happen to have heard two very good pieces by Icelandic composers this week.
First is INTERWOVEN, by Úlfur Hansson, which opened the Tectonics Festival in Rejkjavik last week. A recording has just appeared on Hansson’s website. Textural/spectral, but with an unpredictable emotional ripple running through it.
Second is Daníel Bjarnason‘s Five Possibilities, which I heard played by members of the New York Philharmonic at their CONTACT! concert on Saturday. I was absolutely knocked out by this. More about it in a forthcoming issue of Tempo; you can hear more of Bjarnason’s music on his bandcamp page.