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Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, violin, Georgia Browne, traverso, Guðrún Hrund Harðardóttir, viola, Hanna Loftsdóttir, cello/gamba, Karl Nyhlin lute, Guðrún Óskarsdóttir keyboards.
“Their commitment to their repertoire is evident in every phrase.”
Since its foundation Nordic Affect has combined new compositions with the music of the 17th and 18th century. This comes as a natural reaction to the vibrant musical life of Iceland, where music from ancient manuscripts is being rediscovered at the same time as new compositional computer software is being developed. Its members represent the current generation of period instrumentalists who share a passion for viewing familiar musical forms from a different perspective as well as venturing into new terrain. Nordic Affect takes its name from the Baroque practice of inspiring different emotional states in audiences and communicating certain moods (or affects) through the composition and performance of music.
Since it’s debut in 2005, Nordic Affect has performed in Iceland, France, Denmark, England and The Netherlands. Their programming ranges from the dance music of the seventeenth century to premieres of cutting edge electronic compositions of today and has earned them international recognition, namely a nomination for the Nordic Council Music Prize. Two of their commissions; Händelusive by Hugi Guðmundsson and Sleeping Pendulum by María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir have been shortlisted at The International Rostrum of Composers. In addition their winter concert series in Reykjavík has provided a platform for their unique blend of music and education, hailed by audience and critics alike. Nordic Affect’s recordings can be found on the Bad Taste Records, Musmap and Brilliant Classics labels and have received glowing reviews in the international press alongside the Kraumur Award and Iceland Music Award. Among upcoming projects are concerts at TRANSIT festival (BE), November Music (NL), Skálholt Summer Concerts (IS) and Copenhagen Renaissance Festival (DK). Furthermore the ensemble was honored as Performer of the Year at this year’s Iceland Music Award and was recently selected as Reykjavík City’s Music Ensemble of 2014.
The ensemble is supported by Reykjavík City and The Ministry of Culture’s Music Fund. The artistic director of Nordic Affect since its foundation has been Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir.