Stilluppsteypa is an abstract/experimental electronic band founded in the beginning of the 1990s. It soon evolved into an experimental outfit and is considered to have helped to pave the way for electronic music in Iceland. Today Stilluppsteypa consists of Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson and Helgi Thorsson. The group has performed widely, made a number of releases and collaborated with a variety of like-minded artists, most recently with BJ Nilsen with whom they release by Editons Mego in Austria. The band has composed work for theatre and films and both members are visual artists as well as musicians
Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir (Kría Brekkan) has performed as a solo artist ever since she left múm in 2006. She moved to New York & released the album Pullhair Rubeye, a duo project with Avey Tare of Animal Collective as well as several EP’s on the Paw Tracks label. Kristín Anna has also performed with Stórsveit Nix Noltes and on albums by Animal Collective, Mice Parade and Slowblow.
During the last few years Kristín Anna has studied fine arts and collaborated in installation events by Leikhúsi Listamanna og Ragnar Kjartansson.
Úlfur Eldjárn is a composer and a musician. He has composed music for movies, television, theater and other media as well as being a member of the critically acclaimed band Apparat Organ Quartet. Úlfur has released three solo albums: Yfirvofandi in 2009, the experimental Field Recordings: Music from the Ether in 2011 and most recently Ash – Original Soundtrack from the Film Ash.
Úlfur is currently composing music for Hamlet which is to be premiered at The Reykjavik City Theater in January 2014. Later in 2014 the multimedia composition String Quarted no. ∞ is to be released where listeners can over the internet make their own version of the piece.
Una is the concertmaster of The Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra and has also been composing musical pieces herself for the last few years. This year she performed her own composition at the Hljóðön (Phonems) concert series as well as a solo sonata by Atli Heimir Sveinsson and a violin concert by Páll Ragnar Pálsson with The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Una also performed at Reykjavik Midsummer Music and at Jaðarber concert series at Reykjavik Art Museum where she performed both For John Cage and Piano Quintet by Morton Feldman. Una led premiers of two operas in 2013, Ragnheiður by Gunnar Þórðarson and The Wasp Factory by Ben Frost that was staged at Bregenz in Berlin and ROH in London. Una is now finishing recording her own works with the sound artist Paul Evans.
Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson has worked and played with various musicians all over the world from the coming of a new millenium. Those artists include múm, Sigur Rós, Kira Kira, Seabear, Sin Fang and Benni Hemm Hemm. Between those projects Eiríkur has kept himself busy playing jazz and improv with artist like Joachim Baden, Jasper Stadhouders, Jacob Wick and Jessica Sligter. Eiríkur studied trumpet at The Conservatorium van Amsterdam and finished his MA at Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag in 2009. He just moved back home to Iceland and is really excited about all this.
Úlfur Hansson first made his mark in the Icelandic music scene when he released Sweaty Psalms LP as the electronic musician Klive in 2008. Úlfur has also played hardcore rock music with his band Swords of Chaos and toured extensively with Jónsi. This year Úlfur released White Mountain LP on the Western Vinyl label. He has composed music for several artworks & dance pieces and was earlier this year awarded a prize in the International Rostrum of Composers in Prague. Úlfur lives in California where he studies music composition at Mills University in Oakland.
Hildur Guðnardóttir was born in 1982 and has released three critically acclaimed solo albums: Mount A (2006), Without Sinking (2009) and Let The Light (2012). Without Sinking got nominated as the album of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2009 where Hildur was also nominated as the composer of the year. Without Sinking was also chosen as one of the albums of the year at the Kraumur Awards in 2009. Hildur’s album have been released on Touch, a record label based in the UK, that will also release her next solo album expected early in 2014.
Hildur has composed music for theater, dance pieces and films, for The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and Icelandic National Theatre and has also submitted musical compositions for Tate Modern, The British Film Institude, The Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm and Gothenburg National Theatre.
Among others Hildur has performed live and recorded music with Skúli Sverrisson, Jóhann Jóhannsson, múm, Schneider TM, Angel, Pan Sonic, Hauschka, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Jamie Lidell, The Knife, Fever Ray og Throbbing Gristle
The French bandoneon musician Olivier Manoury (b. 1953 in Tulle, France) was mostly raised in Paris. He studied English and literature at Sorbonne and fine arts at Ecole National des Beaux Arts in Paris. He has however, for the largest part of his career, been a professional musician and he is one of the best known bandoneon musician in France and around the world. He has composed music movies, television and dance performances as well as playing on numerous albums. He regularly plays concerts in and festivals in Europe, Japan and South America.