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ICElab at the Reykjavik Arts Festival | Music of Anna Thorvaldsdottir

  • Harpa Concert Center Austurbakki Reykjavík, 101 Iceland (map)

May 25, 2014 | 8:00pm
Harpa Concert Center
Austurbakki 2
101 Reykjavik, Iceland 

Kyle Armbrust, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello
Nuiko Wadden, harp
Cory Smythe, piano
Ross Karre, percussion
Nick Houfek, lighting design
Levy Lorenzo, sound

In The Light Of Air is a trilogy of works that together form a structure of a single piece. The three movements, bear the titles LuminanceSerenity and Remembrance.

The work streams from one movement to the next through a flowing texture of harmonies and sound materials. Parts of the work are constructed around the idea of each performer being a "soloist" in the setting of a chamber ensemble, in the sense that - throughout the work - the performers alternate between traveling through fields of collective instrumental alliances and moving into soloistic approaches.

The piece incorporates a lighting constellation that is a part of the work and is designed in collaboration with ICE. The lights enhance the atmospheric experience during a live performance by visually portraying certain aspects of the performance. The performers directly contribute to the performance of the lighting figures through their breath as well as through their instrumental performance. For the work Anna has also designed an installation of metallic ornaments that are used in the performance. The installation contributes to the visual atmosphere of the music as well as to the audio experience. The ornaments, called Klakabönd in Icelandic, which translates as “a bind of ice”, are created by an Icelandic artist Svana Jósepsdóttir.


In the Light of Air, for viola, cello, harp, piano, percussion, with interactive lights and sound (2014)

I. Luminance
II. Serenity
III. Existence
IV. Remembrance