FERSTEINN Fersteinn is an ongoing compositional laboratory of composer Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson. He is joined by Bára Sigurjónsdóttir, Lárus Halldór Grímsson and Páll Ivan frá Eiðum. The music might resemble naturals sounds or the movements of animals, rain drops et cetera, it is however not literally based on anything such but just musical ideas. The music often works with just intonation or microtonality, microrhythm, non-metrical or unmetered anything. Spaces are never even, lines are not straight. A scale, however, of sonic equivalences is sometimes present. Animated notation makes the synchronization of such ideas possible. Fersteinn developed out of the Sláturdúndur concert series in
Reykjavík (starting in 2009) and the Slátur association and the related
The first pieces performed by Fersteinn were the quartets which subsequently have been performed by many others. The same can be said of the octets which likewise are for open instrumentation (to an extent). Other pieces such as the various Hrammdæla pieces, the Laflananam’s, the Hörkvartett’s and so on, are unlikely to be performed by anyone else due to the nature of them and the modifications of the instruments.
The band started to appear in more varied contexts and touring
locally, playing various local festivals, town gatherings and public
spaces, public libraries, bookstores and avant-garde music, art and poetry festivals.
Some of the band’s repertoire has been heard in festivals and concerts in
Norway, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Turkey, Germany, The Netherlands
and the U.S.A. The band released a limited edition 10” on DOB records in 2011 of a live recording from a short tour in the Netherlands.
The band has performed in: Mengi, Bergerkirche Düsseldorf, De Player, Alte Kirche Bonn, Sequences Festival, Ljóðhátíð Ljóðfélagsins, Nýlistasafnið, Menningarnótt and so on and so forth.
For a general preview of Fersteinn’s music see:
Sólarlag við Tjörnina
Kvartett 8 / 1-3