GusGus; Fall Tour Dates + Premiere of New Video

GUSGUS are to embark on a first round of extensive tour dates that will take them initially through Germany before other parts of Europe. Earlier this year the band released their 7th studio album "Arabian Horse" on Kompakt. Core members, President Bongo, Biggi Veira and Daniel August found themselves reunited with former band member and gifted vocalist Urður…

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Ólöf Arnalds Releases Album Of Covers

Ólöf Arnalds has announced she is releasing a mini-album of cover versions entitled Ólöf Sings on November 7th.   The album, to be released on One Little Indian, includes versions of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’, Johnny Cash’s ‘Solitary Man’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘She Belongs To Me’ – songs many fans will have already heard Ólöf sing at…

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Rhizoma on front page of iTunes

Anna Thorvaldsdottir's debut album Rhizoma - released by Innova Recordings and distributed by Naxos - has been featured on the front page of iTunes Classical. The album was released digitally October 4th, and will be officially released October 25th. Anna Thorvaldsdottir is a prominent Icelandic composer who frequently works with large structures of sounds, whether written for instrumental…

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Sigur Rós reveal INNI (plus Jonsi’s new film score)

Sigur Ros have recently sparked an avalanche of discussion by posting a mysterious new clip on their website. Called Inni the clip appeared to be a teaser for a larger project that was speculated to be a new album but is most likely to be a clip from a forthcoming live / audio CD/ DVD based on two…

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New Hafdís Bjarnadóttir Work To Premier In Copenhagen

A new work by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir will receive a premiere next Monday in Copenhagen within the concert series Early Monday. The work is written for violin, cello, harpsichord and electronics and the title is From Beacon to Beacon. The performers are the Iceland-based period ensemble Nordic Affect (see below) and the concert starts at 20.00 in Koncertkirken, Blågårdsplads.…

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Guðnason Sets Poetry In Musical Motion

Icelandic musician Óskar Guðnason has released an album entitled 'To The Night' - a work which sets to music ten poems from the popular Icelandic language poetry book 'Letter To The Night' by Kristín Jónsdóttir. The book, published in November 2009, was praised for its strong, emotional connection to the nature of Iceland, and Guðnason, an artist from…

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Bang Gang Covers Giveaway!

From the first week of October, Bang Gang are giving away free downloads of Bang Gang covers performed by their favourite Icelandic contemporaries. Those who sign up for the downloads will receive an mp3 link every fortnight until the end of the year. The artists include Dikta, Bloodgroup, Daníel Ágúst, Páll Óskar (a.k.a. Paul Oscar), Ourlives, Mammút, Bjarni…

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Sleepless In Reykjavík Starts New Season

Good news for fans of Icelandic Music and TV: the new season of Sleepless in Reykjavik has begun. The series now features Eydís Eir Björnsdóttir as co-host and is supported by the Kraumur Music fund thanks to the success of the series last year. Other new additions to the personnel are Bowen Staines from Don't Panic films, who…

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Sunna Campaigns To Fund Trio Album – Pledges Needed!

Jazz pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the imminent release of her new trio album 'Long Pair Bond' - and the pledges are rolling in. But she needs an extra $500! And that's where you come in. The album will be Gunnlaugs' first trio CD since her debut in 1997 (although it is her…

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Sveinsson’s Symphony To Be Played At Carnegie Hall

Voting is complete on Carnegie Hall's 2014 Spring For Music schedule - and the winning programme features work by Icelandic composer Atli Heimir Sveinsson. Sveinsson's Symphony Number 2 - described as "perhaps the most epic Icelandic work for orchestra and chorus" - will be performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. According to Spring For Music, Winnipeg "has the…

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