New streaming

A few weeks back the album “Calm of the Deep” with works by Hugi Guðmundsson was released digitally by Bad Taste Records. The album will hit the stores next week so as a warm up we’ve uploaded a movement from the album to our soundcloud site, namely the spunky funky and beautiful Gigue from Händelusive. And if you still haven’t checked out the other tracks on our soundcloud we’d love it if you took the time. Enjoy enjoy!

Gigue on soundcloud

Nordic Affect’s soundcloud site

Music videos

At NoA’s concert at Iceland Airwaves three new music videos were premiered. They were created by the talented audio visual artist Andri Haflidason to NoA’s recording of Händelusive by Hugi Guðmundsson. Andri has now been so kind to upload them on his vimeo site where you can either enjoy them all in one viewing or just pick one at a time, all depending on the mood you’re in. We and the audience at Airwaves really loved the result and hope you do too! Góða skemmtun / Have fun!

Andri’s vimeo site

 

New album!

Our list of albums keeps growing. Today a digital version of the album “Calm of the deep” was released. The album contains choral and chamber works by composer Hugi Guðmundsson. Among them is Händelusive which Hugi wrote for Nordic Affect. Other performers on the album are Hamrahlíðarkórinn conducted by Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir and NoA’s Hanna Loftsdóttir on gamba. The actual album will be available in stores at the end of November, but till then we hope you enjoy the digital version, available at the webstore Tonlist.is.

Masterclass…and concert!

Traverso player and NoA member Georgia Browne will in connection with our upcoming concert at The Culture House in Reykjavík, give a masterclass at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Georgia is one of the world’s leading traverso players and a vivid educator so we encourage those of you who are in Reykjavík on Thursday between 16.00-18.30 to drop by Sölvhóll, at the Academy and enjoy the student’s performance and Georgia’s teaching!

A few days later, or on Sunday at 16.00 you’ll also be able to enjoy Georgia’s performance at The Culture House at Nordic Affect’s concert; ‘The very best’. All further information can be found at our event site on FB, by clicking here.

Special preview

Audiovisual artist Andri Haflidason has been busy creating new music videos to our recording of Händelusive by Hugi Guðmundsson. The work was written for the ensemble in 2009 and we first performed it in an EBU broadcast. Later the work was short-listed at the International Rostrum of Composers and can soon be found on a new album with the works of Hugi, to be released before Christmas by Bad Taste Records.

But now it’s all about Andri’s brand new videos which will receive premiere on Friday at Nordic Affect’s Iceland Airwaves show which starts at 19.10 in Kaldalón, Harpa. We’re however so happy with Andri’s creation that we decided to share it already with a special preview of the work’s second movement. So don’t hesitate to click here, enjoy enjoy!

TRANSIT and November Music

Nordic Affect has been invited to perform in 2014 at the internationally renowned TRANSIT festival (BE) and November Music (NL). The festivals feature the exciting developements in new music and on our program will be new works that TRANSIT and November Music have commissioned specially for Nordic Affect from composers Brendan Faegre, Taylan Susam and Thomas Smetryns. Hope to see you in Belgium or The Netherlands!

Shades of Silence

A sound sample from our recording of Shades of Silence by Anna Thorvaldsdottir is now available on her website. The work will be released in 2014!

Cph 2014

Nordic Affect will be heading to wonderful Copenhagen in November next year as we’ve been invited to make an appearance at Copenhagen Renaissance Festival. We can already reveal that our program will combine the thrilling sound world of the 21st century with that of the 18th but we’ll of course be back with more info as the hour approaches.

Oslo and October

Earlier this year Nordic Affect was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize. The winner will be announced at a Nordic Prize Gala which will take place on the 30th of October at the Oslo Opera.  The broadcast will be televised in all Nordic countries.

Two dates for the diary

We’ve set the dates for the first two concerts of our 2013-14 winter concert series at The Reykjavík Culture House. First one up on the 15th of September is “Out of the ashes” where we’ll be joined by the wonderful violinist Antina Hugosson in a program which features some of the glorious music written in the aftermath of the Thirty years war. On the 10th of November we’ll shift gears and move over to the mixed musical style of the 18th century, when French composers became besotted with the exciting sonatas and concertos of the Italians, Germans plunged into the lavishing suites of the French, and others caught the fever of the so called barbaric beauty of Eastern European folk music!

Both concerts start at 16.00 and we’d love it if you joined us!

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