Programme

30 September 2016 | 17:00
Harpa | Norðurljós
Free Admission

 

Warm life at the foot of the iceberg

Mirjam Tally (SE/EE)
Warm life at the foot of the iceberg (2014)
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir (IS)
H e (a) r (2016) - World premiere
Hildur Guðnadóttir (IS)
Point of Departure (2016)
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir (IS)
H e (a) r
Anna Thorvaldsdóttir (IS)
Reflections (2016) - World premiere
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir (IS)
H e (a) r
Úlfur Hansson (IS)
Þýð (2014)
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir (IS)
H e (a) r
Georg Kári Hilmarsson (IS) 
Treatise On Light (2016) - World premiere

Nordic Affect


Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, violin
Guðrún Hrund Harðardóttir, viola
Hanna Loftsdóttir, cello and gamba
Guðrún Óskarsdóttir, harpsichord

Nordic Affect has been hailed for its “affectionate explorations” (BBC Music Magazine) and “commitment to their repertoire” (Classical Music). Founded in 2005 Nordic Affect has created a highly unique voice, which has earned the ensemble international recognition. In 2013 N.A. was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize and in the following year named Performer of the Year at the Iceland Music Awards.

Nordic Affect was formed by a group of period instrument musicians who were united in their passion for viewing familiar musical forms from a different perspective and for daring to venture into new musical terrain. It’s members have individually performed and recorded with artists and groups such as The English Concert, Concerto Copenhagen, Anima Eterna Brugge, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and Björk.

The commissioning and performance of new works is integral to Nordic Affect’s mission, as they have, from the group’s inception, combined new compositions with the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Since their debut, Nordic Affect have performed to critical acclaim at festivals such as TRANSIT festival (BE), Dark Music Days (IS), November Music (NL), BRQ Vantaa Festival (FI), Skálholt Summer Concerts (IS), Copenhagen Renaissance Festival (DK), Iceland Airwaves (IS) and Reykjavík Arts Festival (IS). Their performances can be found on the Deutsche Grammophon, Bad Taste Records, Musmap and Brilliant Classics labels and have received glowing reviews in the international press alongside the Kraumur Award and Iceland Music Awards. Clockworking, a new album with Icelandic works was released in 2015 on the Sono Luminus label. Clockworking has received various accolades and was featured as Album of the Week on Q2 Music and Second Inversion. Furthermore, the title track was chosen for NPR's Songs We Love-series and featured in Alex Ross’ article on Notable Performances and Recordings of 2015 in The New Yorker.

The artistic director of Nordic Affect since its foundation has been Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir.

The work by Georg Kári Hilmarsson was composed for Nordic Affect under the mentorship of Hugi Guðmundsson as part of YRKJA – a job development programme for new composers managed by the Iceland Music Information Centre. YRKJA is funded by the City of Reykjavík and the Icelandic Radio’s Composers Fund.