The visual artist Magnús Pálsson (b. 1929) has for the last 30 years been working with language as a musical material, his works rumble between the content of a story and the use of language in such a matter that only the outer surface (musical sites) appears to the perception.
Reykjavík Art Museum in collaboration with Reykjavík Arts Festival 2013 holds a exhibition dedicated to his performances, called Lúðurhljómur í skókassa. On the exhibition there will be performance made by Magnús through the years and one of them Ævintýr (e. Folk Tale) written for 4 actors is there amongst.
Folk tale by Magnús Pálsson is based on an Italian folk tale retold by Italo Calvino. In this version arranged by composers Atli Ingólfsson and Þráinn Hjálmarsson, the work is approached from the vantage point of the music inherent in language, a recurring theme in Pálsson’s performances.
The piece is performed in Icelandic by actors Bergur Ingólfsson, Katla Margrét Þorgeirsdóttir, Sigurður Skúlason and Una Margrét Jónsdóttir. Arranged and directed by Atli Ingólfsson and Þráinn Hjálmarsson.
Performers: Bergur Ingólfsson , Katla Margrét Þorgeirsdóttir, Sigurður Skúlason, Una Margrét Jónsdóttir
Event on the website of Reykjavík Art Festival
Reykjavík Art Festival
Reykjavík Art Museum
The conference on the relationship between Art and Research, Hugarflug, takes place at the Academy of the Arts, 16-17th of May 2013.
On may 16th at 11-12:30, Halldór Úlfarsson, Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir and myself discuss Artist research-survival tactics: Lornalab in room 201 at the Academy of the Arts, Þverholt 11, Reykjavík.
Discussing the pros and cons of relatively young art & technology discussion forum Lornalab.
Founded in 2010 LL is a DIY, crowd-sourcing, knowledge-sharing resource for artists and those interested in the creative use of technology. Occasionally the projects of members require “real” science, engineering, programming etc. In those instances we have had to be creative about how to fund and structure access to relevant professional to solve those problems…
We propose that there is a real need for a flexible coupling between the creative and scientific strata in Iceland and that such a solution would be inspiring and beneficial to both groups.
Academy of the Arts
Program of Hugarflug 2013 [in Icelandic]
Facebook event of Hugarflug 2013
Ingi Garðar Erlendsson and I have been studying the Thranophone #2 with Tuba-resonance cavity. Our first result of our seminar with the instrument resulted in Ingi Garðar’s Study for Thranophone, premiered at a concert dedicated to the instrument at Reykjavík Art Museum february 27th 2013.
Our studies on the instrument includes going through techniques on the instrument and how to practice on the instrument and as well write for it. One half of making an instrument is do build it and realize it, the other part is making the instrument’s vocabulary, making an performance practice.
These etudes are made for instrumentalists and as well for composers, the etudes focus on various takes on the instrument such as voluming, glissandos, “nibble effect”, intonation and more. The etudes will be published in a book later on.
For Tuba players interested in extending their Tuba playing into Thranophoning, you can contact us to get further information on how to proceed.
Hljóðön (e. Phonems) is a new concert series dedicated to contemporary music starting at Hafnarborg Art Center in Hafnarfjörður.
The first concert of the series is with Frank Aarnink, percussionist and Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, violinist. Performing works by Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, Györgi Kurtág, Una Sveinbjarnardóttir and Atli Heimir Sveinsson.
Artistic director of the series is Þráinn Hjálmarsson
About the concert [icelandic]
Hafnarborg - Art center
Flyt erindi um eigin listsköpun í Masterklassi tónsmíða við Listaháskóla Íslands þriðjudaginn 23. apríl 2013 kl. 15. Á meðal þess sem komið er inná er notkun hreyfinótna í tónsköpun, kynning á hljóðfærinu Þránófóni, sem og þeim verkefnum sem eru í farvatninu síðar í vor.
I’ll be giving a Masterclass at the composition department at Iceland Academy of the Arts, Tuesday 23rd of April at 15:00.
Discussing some of my works, thoughts and ideas, as well as mentioning usage of animated notation in my works and on the development of the instrument ‘Thranophone’.
Seventh entry in a series of free improvisation recordings made by Úsland Records. No score. No pre-made decisions. No nothing.
Recorded live at Úsland Recording Facility in Reykjavik, Iceland on April 7th, 2013.
The album is available here
Curver: Magnetic tape, empty vinyl records and electric circuits
Ingi Garðar Erlendsson: Thranophone
Ilan Volkov: Violin, Harp and other things
Óttar Sæmundssen: Double Bass
Albert Finnbogason - Coordinator, recording, edit, mix & master
Tumi Árnason - Soul saviour, artwork and coordinator
Héðinn Finnsson - Album Cover
Acoustics of buildings is one of the most influential part on music history, the dialogue between the performer and the acoustics is crucial in the development of musical forms, from that dialogue ideas on orchestra sizes and uses (and making) of instruments has been developed.
Influence of buildings on musical tone, premiered by members of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra on the opening concert of Tectonics 2013, which takes place in Eldborg concert hall of Harpa, Reykjavík, April 18th at 19.