Icelandic Composer Watch

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.

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