“…one of the most evocative releases…in recent memory.” (Hannis Brown, Q2 Music)
“Turn the volume up, close your eyes, and do absolutely nothing but listen. Every single one of this album’s 45 minutes deserves your undivided attention.” (Jill Kimball, Second Inversion)
Nordic Affect have been hailed for their “affectionate explorations” (BBC Music Magazine) and “commitment to their repertoire” (Classical Music). Recently described as a “gem in Iceland’s musical life” by critic Jónas Sen, Nordic Affect have created a highly unique voice, which has earned them international recognition. In 2014 they were nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize and in the same year they were named Performer of the Year at the Iceland Music Awards.
Nordic Affect was formed by a group of period instrument musicians who were united in their passion for viewing familiar musical forms from a different perspective and for daring to venture into new musical terrain. It’s members have individually performed and recorded with artists and groups such as Jóhann Jóhannsson, The English Concert, Concerto Copenhagen, Anima Eterna Brugge, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and Björk.
The commissioning and performance of new works is integral to Nordic Affect’s mission, as they have, from the group’s inception, combined new compositions with the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Since their debut in 2005, Nordic Affect have performed to critical acclaim at festivals such as TRANSIT festival (BE), Dark Music Days (IS), November Music (NL), BRQ Vantaa Festival (FI), Skálholt Summer Concerts (IS), Copenhagen Renaissance Festival (DK) and Iceland Airwaves (IS). Their performances can be found on the Sono Luminus, Deutsche Grammophon, Bad Taste Records, Musmap and Brilliant Classics labels and have received glowing reviews in the international press alongside the Kraumur Award and Iceland Music Awards.
The artistic director of Nordic Affect since its foundation has been Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir.