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!

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!

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