NoA and the spring mixtape

Recently Nordic Affect was selected for I care if you listen’s spring mixtape. The recording in question is from our last album, namely Gigue from Handelusive by Hugi Guðmundsson. We would like to send big thanks to Thomas Deneuville and ‘I care if you listen’ and last but not least; we’re in excellent company on the mixtape and would love it if you checked it out!

Thank you Kraumur!

Just earlier this week Kraumur music fund awarded us with a generous grant in support of our concert trip abroad this autumn. It’s indeed the very same foundation that sponsored our Abel album a few years back which is something we’ll always be thankful for. And so; we’re looking very much forward to hitting the road in Europe later this year and of course hope to see you!

Åland Islands here we come!

Nordic Affect is about to head to the Åland Islands where we’ll make an appearance this coming Saturday in the beautiful medieval Hammarlands church. The concert is organized by the Nordic Institue on Åland and the program will feature a mix of contemporary and baroque gems by Telemann, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Handel, Hugi Guðmundsson, Anna Þorvaldsdóttir and Leclair. Concert starts at 19.00 and we’re very much looking forward to meeting the audience in  Åland!

Performer of the year!

Nordic Affect was honored as Performer of the year in classical and contemporary music at Iceland Music Award. We’re deeply grateful and happy to receive this award and at the same time would like to congratulate Iceland Music Awards on having turned 20 last Friday. So what can we say; we had a blast last year, performing at contemporary, baroque and rock festivals, with some fantastic collaborators, ranging from marvellous and talented musicians to composers and visual artists and we’re looking forward to continuing the music making in 2015! And of course we hope to see you under a musical star!

2 circles

The week-end in Reykjavík was a fruitful one as we went into studio and recorded the work ’2 circles’ by Hildur Guðnadóttir. But that’s not all; we’ll soon head into studio again to record ‘Clockworking’ by María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir. That session will round off our recording for our new album, so there are fun CD times ahead! Happy greetings from Reykjavík!

Plunging into the Dark

We’re getting ready for this year’s Dark Music Days, a festival which makes Reykjavík buzz with new and exciting music. NoA will make an appearance on the 1st of February at 14.00 in the beautiful hall Norðurljós in Reykjavík’s concert hall Harpa. Our program combines sound and vision and will feature music by María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir written to visuals by Þorbjörg Jónsdóttir, Hugi Guðmundsson’s Händelusive performed to music videos by visual artist Andri Hafliðason and the work Pulse Two which is a collaboration between Hugi and sound and visual artist Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson. Also on the program is Úlfar Ingi Haraldsson’s beautiful In Paradisum II as well as a world premiere of a work by Hildur Guðnadóttir. Hope to see you in Norðurljós in Harpa!

Reykjavík’s Ensemble of 2014!

Nordic Affect has been selected by Reykjavík City to be Reykjavík’s Ensemble of 2014! We’re overjoyed and very grateful for this honor bestowed upon us by our beloved hometown! At the same time we can promise you that 2014 will be a fun packed music year! Projects will include exciting new concerts within our concert series in Reykjavík, premieres of new commissions, the release of a new album as well as further exciting concerts in Denmark, Iceland, The Netherlands, Åland Islands and Belgium! We’ll be posting further updates about our projects as Reykjavík’s Ensemble on this site so stay tuned and we hope to be meet you under a musical star in 2014! Bestu kveðjur / Best wishes from beautiful Reykjavík!

Rave review

The album ‘Calm of the Deep’ which features music by Hugi Guðmundsson received this week 5 stars out of 5 in a rave review in the Icelandic newspaper Fréttablaðið. The album features Hugi’s wonderful vocal writing performed by Hamrahlíðarkórinn and NoA’s performance of Händelusive which he wrote for the ensemble, all mixed with beautiful gamba intermezzi performed by NoA’s Hanna Loftsdóttir. In his review music critique Jónas Sen praises Nordic Affect for its professional, tasteful and inspired performance as well as the ensemble’s technical perfection. The article in its (Icelandic) entirety can be found on our FB site. And last but not least; ‘Calm of the Deep’ is available online at icelandicmusic.com and in Icelandic stores but will be distributed internationally at the beginning of 2014.

Nominations!

We’ve just received the news that Nordic Affect is nominated for an Iceland Music Award as Performer of the year!! We’re delighted and happy, and must admit that this comes as an absolutely happy ending to the year 2013 which has been nothing other than fantastic! The icing on the cake is the fact that the latest album with NoA’s performance; ‘Silence of the Deep’ with works by Hugi Gudmundsson is nominated as Album of the year. Bubbly greetings from Reykjavík!

Sunday broadcast

This coming Sunday a selection from our concerts at the Skálholt Summer Concerts will be broadcast by The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. The programs revolved around the music of Purcell and Händel and we were joined by the singers Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir soprano, Benedikt Kristjánsson tenor and Ágúst Ólafsson baritone. A special guest was recorder player Ian Wilson. The broadcast starts at 16.05 and by clicking here you open the radio’s streaming page. The broadcast will also be available on the radio’s website for a few weeks after broadcast. And as a little warm up we’ve posted an aria by Handel on our soundcloud site. Best December greetings from us in Nordic Affect!

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