The mini-music festival Upp rís úr rafinu will be held in Mengi this coming Saturday, the 2nd of August. The festival is dedicated to electro acoustic music. A group of young composers will present their works in two concerts:
At 18:00h: New pieces for solo viola and electronics will be performed by viola player Þóra Margrét Sveinsdóttir by Composers: Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Finnur Karlsson, Halldór Smárason and Haukur Þór Harðarson as well as a New piece for Tenor saxaphone, Double bass and electronics by Bára Gísladóttir performed by Helgi Rúnar Heiðarsson and Bára Gísladóttir.
At 20:00: Composers perform their own pieces with help from electronic devices: Áslákur Ingvarsson, Gunnar Gunnsteinsson, Gunnar Karel Másson, Matthías Ingiberg Sigurðsson and Sigrún Jónssdóttir.
There will also be an installation, by Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, running through the night.
A concert with contemporary music in combination with Tessa speaking about the pieces and general ideas about stage, art, music and more.
Last concert of the Iceland tour, an exciting programme of contemporary music, poetry and thoughts on arts, life and more. Amongst other issues we will run into water buffaloes, roadrunner, vulcanoes, totalitarianism and Nietzsche.
With music by Bent Sørensen, John Zorn, Yuji Takahashi, Ørjen Matre, and a new piece by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir!
Poster by Erica, pictures by Jan Verburg.
Föstudagskvöldið 8. ágúst kemur Benni Hemm Hemm fram einn síns liðs í Mengi á Óðinsgötu 2. Á tónleikunum verða meðal annars leikin lög af plötunni Eliminate Evil, Revive Good Times auk laga af Makkvírakk, lagasafni sem gefið var út á nótnaformi. Benni kemur fram einn og óstuddur og verða tónleikarnir algjörlega óuppmagnaðir.
Tónleikarnir í Mengi verða síðustu tónleikar Benna í þó nokkurn tíma.
Julian Sartorius, born 1981 in Thun (CH)
drums, composition. Playing an acoustic set with prepared drum set.
The beat is the defining element in the life of Julian Sartorius. Born 1981 in Thun (Switzerland), he began his first drum lessons at the age of five and followed his passion via marches, Michael Jackson and as a member of local underground bands. With his rhythms, which push the boundaries of New Music, Hip-Hop and World Music, Sartorius reveals the endless possibilities and range of his instrument. He often prepares his drums, works with unusual, unprocessed acoustic sounds and develops, beat by beat, an unheard environment of sound. Julian Sartorius was taught by musicians such as Fabian Kuratli, Pierre Favre and Norbert Pfammatter at the Jazz Schools in Bern and Lucerne. He has collaborated with Sophie Hunger, Colin Vallon, Dimlite, Merz and Rhys Chatham, and has toured throughout Europe, South America, Canada and the US.
A POET WITH CELLO
Under the cellist’s appearances hides the Icelandic poet: Steinunn Arnbjörg Stefánsdóttir writes poems and songs which she reads/sings/accompanies on the cello. Inside that Icelandic poetry game, a look into the French chanson (although Belgian); songs by the legendary Jacques Brel arranged for the one woman band.
S.A.S. is officially a baroque cellist, living in France. Lately, in Iceland she has mostly appeared with her baroque/renaissance ensemble Corpo di Strumenti, but also with the wannabe rock band SÜSSER TROST playing their home-made songs, or those stolen from Velvet Underground, Noir Désir, Nine Inch Nails, Jacques Brel etc. on gut strings and harpsichord. Some of Steinunn’s poems are published in the literary review STÍNA but apart from that, her poetry must be heard live, or found in the few, hand-written books existing, hidden away on book-shelves.
master violin maker
A short presentation of a double bass, made in Reykjavik and the Netherlands, which is a reproduction of the only surviving Cremonese bass from the period(1680).
Aesthetic considerations of such a copy will be discussed, from the perspective of the re-constructional methodology as well as the ideological approach to copies, real/fake and fake/real situations.
Hans Johannsson and René Zaal, studied violin making together at the Newark School of Violin Making in Great Britain from 1977 till 1980. Since 1985 they have regularly collaborated on making double basses . These instruments number over twenty and are played by individuals and symphony orchestras worldwide.
Last year Zaal, along with another school colleague Roger Hargrave, made a copy of a very important italian double bass. The original bass dating from 1680 is privately owned, but on life-long loan to Niek deGroot. Niek plays solo recitals, and is a member of numerous european chamber groups as well as having been principal bass at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam for over 10 years.
Earlier this year Johannsson and Zaal made another copy, where the copy is taken to further depths by measuring the resonances of the original, by means of sophisticated technology borrowed from engineering and acoustics, the so-called Experimental Modal Analysis. This bass will be presented at Mengi and Played by Dean Ferrel. Dean plays double bass for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra as well as taking on various engagements abroad.
The original bass was made when Hieronymus was still apprenticed to his father Nicolo Amati in Cremona, Italy. Antonio Stradivari was also apprenticed to Nicolo Amati. The bass is the only certified instrument from this period of Cremonese instrument making that still survives intact. The bass is in very fine condition and has recently been restored.
Bonnie Lander is a soprano from Philadelphia who specializes in the performance of contemporary and experimental new music. She has performed throughout the United States as an improviser as well as an interpreter of classic and modern repertoire while striving to blend the differing vocal styles. Bonnie is co-founder of Baltimore based chamber group ‘Rhymes With Opera’ and is currently working towards her doctoral degree at UC San Diego.
Flutist and interdisciplinary artist Berglind Tómasdóttir frequently explores identity and archetypes in her work. Tómasdóttir has worked with elements of video art, theater and music through various performances, including the acclaimed I’m an Island (2012). Her work has been featured at Reykjavík Arts Festival, MSPS New Music Festival in Shreveport, Louisiana, The 2013 National Flute Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, REDCAT in Los Angeles, CMMAS in Morelia, Mexico and the Bang on a Can Marathon in San Francisco. Berglind Tómasdóttir holds degrees in flute playing from Reykjavik College of Music and the Royal Danish Music Conservatory in Copenhagen and a DMA in contemporary music performance from University of California, San Diego.
RELEASE PARTY – They hold it for certain…
They hold it for certain… the collaboration of Skúli Sverrisson, Anthony Burr and the singer Yungchen Lhamo. The piece is a record as well as the artwork of Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jónsson and writer Bergsveinn Birgisson. The opening of the work will be on August 21st in Mengi where the piece will be played through as a whole from a record. There is free entry and the event starts at 8 pm although the musical part of the piece starts at 9 pm.
Yungchen Lhamo is a tibetan singer who fled her homeland in 1989 and is now living in exile in New York. Her story is interesting for many reasons as she fled Tibet on foot along with her baby son across the Himalaya mountains, a journey which took a few months. She herself has said that when she left Tibet she lost everything, everything except her voice which she took with her to the western world. Yungchen has had a successful career as a singer internationally, and worked with a lot of widely known musicians. Lhamo is active in her fight for Tibetan issues and has worked with various international groups and non profit organizations such as Amnesty International. She has also performed to Dalai Lama, the Tibetan religious leader, on a number of occasions.
Skúli Sverrisson and Anthony Burr´s collaboration has already produced the records Desist and A Thousand Incidents Arise. They hold it for certain… is Mengi´s third release, the previous albums beint The Box Tree with Óskar Guðjónsson and Skúli Sverrisson and Temperaments with Kippi Kaninus.
COSMIC BERRY (Drone, Electronica/JP)
Cosmic berry is a solo project by Asako Fujimoto created in Paris and now based in Berlin. She sings and plays music with electronics and acoustic captured and modulated loops and rhythms, her songs are like arpeggiated universe to explore zoomed subtle emotions and small particles from daily life.
RÊVE (Drone, Folk/FR)
Solo work of French Julie Fossaert, helped by Londonian Daniel O’Sullivan (Grumbling Fur, Mothlite, Ulver ) as producer.
Rêve mixes acoustic elements, analog synths and distortion to create delicate dreamscapes hit by storm. Think of Pram, Broadcast or Powerdove.
dj. flugvél og geimskip (dj. airplane and spaceship) will be Mengi´s opening act for this years Culture Night (Menningarnótt).
dj. flugvél og geimskip plays refreshing electronic space-music. The music is a mix playful beats, cool bass and high-pitched vocals. The songs relate to the moon mysteries of the infinite space and vivid dreams.
dj. flugvél og geimskip is currently working on a new album that is to be released later this year on Mengi. It’s an honor for us to announce this and perhaps we will get a glimpse of the new material during this concert. Who knows?
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Mandolin will perform a Yiddish concert repertoire with songs expressing emotions of both deep sorrow and sheer joy.
Members of Mandolin are:
Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir – Violin
Guðrún Árnadóttir – Violin
Karl Pestka – Violin
Magnús Pálsson – Clarinet
Martin Kollmar – Clarinet and vocals
Óskar Sturluson – Guitar
Ástvaldur Traustason – Accordion
Sigríður Ásta Árnadóttir – Accordion and vocals
Alexandra Kjeld – Upright bass and vocals
Skúli Sverrisson and Ólöf Arnalds have been collaborating for over a decade. They´re work includes Seria I, Seria II, Við og við, Innundir Skinni and Sudden Elevation. They have recently completed Ólöf´s new solo record, Palme, to be released on September 29th.
On Culture Night (Menningarnótt) they will present an evening of new music as well as selected pieces from their combined repertoire in the intimate setting of Mengi.
Wednesday 27th August
Opening of Reykjavík Dance Festival: 17:00 – 17:45
Reykjavík Dance Festival invites you to attend the opening of the festival, for drinks, chats, speeches, snacks and general celebration.
Afterwards, we recommend the opening performance of the festival: Church of Dancy, which starts at 18:00
See you there!
Thursday 28th August
Second Hand T-Shirtology 16:00 – 17:00
What we have here is the launch party for a new work by art collective Choreography Reykjavík. There will be all the things one might expect at a launch party – free food (may be Mexican, may be not), as well as some free drinks (not sure what) – as well as a free give-away of the art collective’s latest work. Yes – that’s right – free, free, free. But its a party – so it’s got to be.
Their latest work is in actual fact a large scale series of t-shirts – that combine to celebrate some of the monumental contributors of the dancing and choreographic world. WOW!
Friday 29th August
Fronteoke 16:00 – 17:00
Taking as its starting point the movements of frontmen and women – Ásrún Magnúsdóttir and Alexander Roberts invite you to Mengi to dance with them to YouTube videos of their favourite pop–shaped movers. – we’re talking Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Thom Yorke, Kate Bush, Ian Curtis, Fred Durst, Gunnar Ragnarsson, Kata Mogensen, David Byrne, etc.
The dancing – we’ll all do together – as one big group. All you have to do is copy the moves on the screen.
They call it FRONTEOKE, its usually called DANCEOKE – but basically its the dancing version of KARAOKE (with frontmen and women as the theme). It’s wow–wow–beautiful. Or at least it was last time we did it.
Fronting 23:00 – 23:30
This movement is for Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Eminem, Ian Curtis, Joe Cocker, Fred Durst, Avril Lavigne, Gunnar Ragnarsson, Kata Mogensen, Högni Egilsson, David Byrne…”
FRONTING is a triple bill of solos, which take as their starting point the act of paying tribute to those front men and front women that don’t so much dance – as move, wobble and shake.
Danced by two front men (Gunnar Ragnarsson of Grísalappalísa) and one front woman (Kata Mogensen of Mammút), FRONTING is a tribute act that pays special attention to the legacy of bodies and movements of those that stand at the front, as well as the bodies and movements of those that stand before them.
FRONTING is previewing this August at RDF#12, before officially premiering at RDF#13 this November.
Conceived and realised by: Ásrún Magnúsdóttir and Alexander Roberts in collaboration with Gunnar Ragnarsson and Kata Mogensen.
Performed by: Gunnar Ragnarsson and Kata Mogensen.
The project is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture and Tjarnarbíó
Sonic Electric fuses cryptic beats and experimental noise with live sound improvisation created by the amplification of manipulated kitchen apparatus and electronic hardware. They are a collective identity; both interchangeable as well as disposable that strongly integrates visual, vocal and theatrical components. A typical performance is choreographed in situ to adapt to the social context of the geographical location, specific angle of the venue or mood in a relational space.
“Touching Those Things: Leah Beeferman, Alfons Knogl”
“Without material there is only speculation about material. The presence of tangible light and the alteration of solids.“
„Leah Beeferman is an artist living in New York and will present a work recorded in the Arctic.
Alfons Knogl is an artist living in Cologne working with sculpture and music as two parts of the same idea.“