amiina is a band based in Reykjavík, Iceland. At present the band counts five people – Hildur Ársælsdóttir, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Magnús Trygvason Eliassen and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson (aka Kippi Kaninus).
The group’s origins go back to the late 1990s, when four girls studying string instruments at the Reykjavík College of Music formed a string quartet. The group started out playing classical music, but increasingly moved on to play all sorts of music with various bands in Reykjavík.
In 1999 the quartet joined Icelandic band Sigur Rós on stage. The collaboration continued for over a decade, with amiina contributing strings to Sigur Rós’ music on tour and in the recording studio on 4 albums; ( ) , Takk, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust and Valtari.
In 2004, amiina’s first EP, AnimaminA, was released, followed by the single Seoul (2006), the full-length album Kurr (2007), a Lee Hazlewood collaboration on a 7” vinyl Hilli (at the Top of…) (2008), the limited release EP Re Minore (2009), Puzzle (2011), The Lighthouse Project (2013) and Fantômas (2016).
In 2009 amiina started to perform their original soundtracks to pioneering German filmmaker Lotte Reiniger’s 1930’s silhouette animations of the timeless fairy tales Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Thumbelina, The Magic Horse and Aladdin. The so called Animagica program, originally performed at the Branchage film festival in Jersey, has now been widely toured around festivals in Europe, Australia and Asia.
In between work with amiina, for the last few years, band members have also kept themselves busy, recording or touring their own work or with other artist such as: Sigur Rós, Yann Tiersen, Spiritualized, Julianna Barwick, Lee Hazlewood, Efterklang, Yukihiro Takahasi, Canon Blue, Ben Frost, múm, Jónsi & Alex, Kippi Kaninus, and adhd, to name a few.