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:   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.  

Documents from a tour with my band Fersteinn last summer


My band Fersteinn did a little tour on the European continent last summer (June/July 2014).     IMG_7553   We performed in Brussels, Basel, Rotterdam, Essen, Bonn and Düsseldorf.   IMG_7562   We performed in concerts which also featured performances with people like cellist Sue Schlotte,  turntablist Marc Matter, vegateblist and computerist Jörg Piringer, clarinetist Kyusang Jeong, and the unpredictable Gerhard Stäbler and Kunsu Shim. Also Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz who undressed and well . . . I´ll tell you later.   IMG_7601     I loved all of those places and we met a lot of interesting people and left some of these behind (see contact section  for questions on these:   IMG_7492   Some of the concerts were in places were people were accustomed to improvised music, others more toward performance art and also new music generally speaking. Naturally speaking we also performed with circus acts and other types of performance artists:


Fred Frith and Guests in Mengi, Reykjavík

On Saturday (18th of July) I will be performing with this gentleman:

                fred     along with other gentle and nice people such as his wife Heike Liss who will be doing visual scores and etc that I´m very excited about. Also the Danish refugee Jesper Pedersen will perform, the multi-disciplinary artist Páll Ivan frá Eiðum and Þráinn Hjálmarsson. Fred Frith is also performing along with Heike the previous evening (Friday July 17th). Do not take this lightly.

Duo Harpverk Premiers a New Piece

Today is Canada day but tomorrow Duo Harpverk will premier a piece about how I met Csapo in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I´m wearing my Saskatchewan T-shirt today, representing. Tomorrow 2nd of July Duo Harpverk will premier this new piece that utilizes Magnús Jensson’s 16 tone tuning, a sort of a just intonation system, that requires re-tuning the harp and using Jalatharangam or in other words porcelin bowls tuned with water in the percussion. I wrote the piece during my extended stay in various places in Canada recently. During a one day visit I met Hungarian composer Gyula Csapo who is my friends Áki Ásgeirsson’s favorite composer. Hence the title of the piece. So if you are in Selfoss or South of Iceland you can come to Sunnlenska bókakaffið at 8:30pm and hear my piece as well as some other good stuff.  Below you can see the legendary duo in action but not their faces, for that you have to come to the concert.


My piece Hundi was performed on a lake


  Goodiepal and some students of his performed some works recently in Old Zealand or Sjælland in Denmark on a lake. This was part of a mysterious festival and included for instance this work of mine Hundi for 8 aluminum cans and Jesper Pedersen’s piece Flöskuhnakki or Bottleneck both of which were originally premiered at the S.L.Á.T.U.R. new years concert in 2011 which I was not present at but has proved to have been legendary. About this legendary performance in Denmark I only received this photo and some rumors afterwards. Must have been great, at least the photo is.

WinterAkademie 2015 Düsseldorf – Natürlich Schön

I will be traveling to Germany in the beginning of the new year.  I will be participating in  WinterAkademie 2015 – Natürlich Schön,  in Düsseldorf hosted by Earport or Kunsu Shim and Gerhard Stäbler. Along with Alwynne Pritchard I will be doing workshops and there will be several concerts with a variety of new music including proceedings from the workshops. Looking forward:
WinterAcademy 2015 Düsseldorf 
Naturally beautiful!
Stiftung Schloss und Park Benrath
Benrather Schlossallee 100 
Opening concert at Kunstpalast Düsseldorf:
January 14, 2015 (7.30 pm)
Exhibition Katharina Grosse, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf
Ehrenhof 4-5, Düsseldorf
Opening concert KLANGFROH
with music by Gudmundur Stein Gunnarsson, La Monte Young, Alwynne Pritchard, Maurice Ravel, Kunsu Shim (premiere), Gerhard Stäbler, Iannis Xenakis
String Quartet TONFALL, Duisburg
Ensemble CHRUSH, Duisburg
January 15, 2015
Chapel, Schloss Benrath (East Wing)

10.30 am – 1 pm: Alwynne Pritchard – public workshop
2.30 pm – 5 pm: Gudmundur Stein Gunnarsson – public workshop
6.30 pm: Lectures – Sound Sensousness in Music (Dr. Dieter Schnebel, Dr. Achim Heidenreich)
January 16, 2015
Chapel, Schloss Benrath (East Wing)
10.30 am – 1 pm: Alwynne Pritchard – public workshop
2.30 pm – 5 pm: Gudmundur Stein Gunnarsson – public workshop
January 17, 2015
Chapel, Schloss Benrath (East Wing)
5 pm: final concert KLANGSINNIG
with music by Alwynne Pritchard, Gudmundur Stein Gunnarsson, Dieter Schnebel and participants of the WinterAcademy
Ensemble CHRUSH – Ensemble-in-Residence of the WinterAcademie
Kunsu Shim and Gerhard Stäbler (artistic directors)
Organised by: Schloss Benrath und Kunstpalast in Kooperation mit d.ZENT Düsseldorf
Sponsored by: Stiftung Schloss und Park Benrath, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Stadt Düsseldorf and Sparda Bank West
The events at Schloss Benrath are part of the “Musikjahr Schloss Benrath 2015”, presented by the “Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Soziales der Sparda-Bank West”.
January 29, 2015 (8 pm)
Zentralbibliothek Essen, Gildehof, Hollestr. 3
Rückkopplung (Feedback) 2015
PerformanceMusik by Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Alwynne Pritchard, Josef Anton Riedl, Dieter Schnebel, Kunsu Shim, Gerhard Stäbler and Lukas Tobiassen
Kunsu Shim and Gerhard Stäbler, performance
Ensemble CRUSH