Fersteinn in Mengi tonight

Tonight, my group Fersteinn will perform in Mengi Reykjavík. We will be performing variuous things from our repertoire, including more percussive music, more instrumental, with electronic sounds and soft recorder music in just intonation.

Here is an interview in Icelandic, offered to you by Mengi:  

La Noche Oscura Del Alma


    Tonestrukt Records, Los Angeles, California has just released this record, La Noche Oscura Del Alma. It is an 80 minute elaboration on recordings of a traverso baroque flute as played on by Perth born Australian flautist Georgia Browne who approximates the 16 tone scale of Magnús Jensson with various alternate fingerings and bends. Most of the sound material derives from these recordings. As the title suggests the piece relates to the Carmelite saint San Juan de la Cruz or Saint John of the Cross’s work of La Noche Oscura del Alma translated to English as Dark Night of the Soul or perhaps more famously The Long Dark Night of the Soul.    

Haltrandi Rósir by Fersteinn


My band Fersteinn has just now released this record called Haltrandi Rósir. It has some early pieces that have remained popular concert numbers for a while now. img_20161218_184107       img_20161218_184008 It was recorded by Elisabeth Carlson in Sundlaugin Studios in Iceland. The album is the first release of a new label called Traktorinn. img_20161218_184131  

Horpma in SPIN Magazine

I only found out a few days ago that my record Horpma that came out in 2011, was number 17 on an end of year avant list in SPIN Magazine that same year.

       Quite surprising as I didn’t even know there was such a thing as an avant list in SPIN magazine. It is quite an interesting read. I hope I´m allowed to quote the thing on Horpma: 17. Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Horpma
A pointillist st-st-st-st-stroke from an Icelandic composer whose Autechresque sense of rhythm blurs the lines between organized, random, and sheer madness. He makes a 27-instrument ensemble sound like rain falling on a Guitar Center.    

Konsert fyrir Lokk – Featured on SWR2


 My concerto for this instrument:       https://i1.wp.com/static1.squarespace.com/static/54d09a35e4b0aa80bc5d8fee/563f56cbe4b0bcc74e266f2c/563f56d2e4b0bcc74e266f44/1446991579818/IMG_6120.JPG?w=700&ssl=1        was recently premiered in Harpa concert Hall in Reykjavík as part of Nordic Music Days. It was performed by the Caput Ensemble and soloist Berglind María Tómasdóttir. The concert was played on the radio, not only in Iceland but is featured in the radio program Jetzt Musik on: SWR2 In Southwest Germany. Many thanks.

Animated Notation – For Sale

Finally, finally, finally, 8 years after the initial attempt –  one can buy a score by myself at the Icelandic Music Information Center. The nature of my scores has proven to be quite a headache for various establishments in Iceland and various establishments elsewhere as well. Despite how conservative looking they have become compared to the majority of what’s happening in the emerging international animated notation field. 

But soon there will be more pieces coming up. I will have a piece on a concert by Duo Harpverk in Cafe Rosenberg in Reykjavík this evening and I will celebrate there for those that are in Reykjavík and would like to join me. I hope this opens the doorway to have the stuff we’ve been doing for the last 11 years documented officially, finally. I´m happy.

Birgir Sigurðsson and I were in Gallery ca. 1715, Reykjavík

This is part of a performance me and artist, dancer, gallerist and electrician Birgir Sigurðsson did at Bjarki Bragason’s gallery, titled ca. 1715 on last weekend.         rafogskapur

The idea behind the gallery is based around a piece of furniture dating from ca. 1715 that came to Iceland during the Second World War from Britain but originated in Portugal in the Baroque era.  This was quite clearly contrasted with Birgir’s skills toolkits as an electrician.       11953278_10153597275760909_6336206055740506086_n         Birgir Sigurðsson has also been known to turn is apartment in Hafnarfjörður into a gallery so this was a good pairing on every axis. Here there’s a audio example of what went on:

An audio Recording from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Below is a 5 minute excerpt from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s performance of my piece Sporgýla from 4th of October last year (2014) on Ilan Volkov’s concert titled New Icelandic Voices in the Hear and Now series on BBC.  It is for 36 soloists in 6 groups which in this case were spread across the hall and directed by animated scores. In it one can also hear the alternative clarinet barrels designed by Halldór Úlfarsson and Stefán Ólafur Ólafsson. The piece was broadcasted on January 3rd on BBC 3.

          There were reviews in the Guardian and the Scotsman. The broadcast can be heard here.         1506455_10204658557120977_4271616614959055345_n      HAU_4608

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New video with the recording of my piece Hafið & Örninn

Hafið & Örninn or suite nr. 2 for Halldorophone has just been posted on his site in a nice video with photographs and bits from the score:

  http://www.halldorulfarsson.info/   The piece was premiered by Markus Hohti on October 19th in Hafnarborg Museum in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland as part of the Hljóðön concert series organized by Þráinn Hjálmarsson. I am very happy with this performance and the video is very tasteful in my opinion. Thank you Dóri and thank you Markus and thank you Þráinn.  

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