Claudio Puntin and Skúli Sverrisson have collaborated in various contexts over the last decade or so. This evening they will present new works and improvisations for clarinets and bass as a part of Berlin Reykjavik Extreme Chill Festival.
The focus of the Festival is to reflect the creative music activity in these two vibrant cities.
Claudio Puntin is a createur de musique, a soloist who decides at the moment how to generate music out of emptiness. He draws from the universal range of human hearing, where emotions are and where the versatility of the sound can be shaped into music. From his big variety of musical roots, he has developed a personal musical language with natural access. His most important teacher was master Sergiu Celibidache.
Claudio Puntin is considered one of the leading creative soloists on all clarinets wich made Joachim-Ernst Berendt describe him in his music dictionary as ” an extreme legato player, great sounding improviser and skilled technician, that binds the notes on mild manner and at the same time, with a strong rhythmical phrasing”.
His work in musical fields connected him with artists like Steve Reich, Hermeto Pascoal, Jan Bang, Skuli Sverrisson, Fred Frith, Sidsel Endresen, Max Loderbauer, Ricardo Villalobos, Samuel Rohrer, Anders Jormin, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Steffen Schorn, Dirk Muendelein, Dave Douglas as with music ensembles like Ensemble Modern, the Musikfabrik, Philharmonic Orchestras in Zürich, München, Amsterdam, Köln div. chamber music ensembles and especially many creative music groups.
His compositions and productions include works for chamber ensembles, orchestras, choirs, electronics, soundtracks for radioplays, films, theater and other art forms.
He set to music works by Anselm Kiefer, Orhan Pamuk, Daniel Kehlmann a.m.o.
With his ensembles he has performed at festivals in over 80 countries.
He can be heard on about 100 CDs on Labels like: ECM, Deutsche Grammophon Lit., Arjunamusic, enja, Unit Rec., Act, Sony, Between the Line, Hörverlag, JW Berlin, Piranha. He was awarded with the “Golden Amadeus for creative music”.
Over the past two decades, bass guitarist-composer Skuli Sverrisson has worked with a veritable who’s who of the experimental world, from free jazz legends (Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey) to music icons (Lou Reed. Jon Hassel, David Sylvian, Arto Lindsey) and composers (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Johann Johannsson and Hildur Gudnadottir). Sverrisson is also known for his work as an artistic director and producer for Olof Arnalds (Innundir Skinni, Vid og Vid and Sudden Elevation ), recordings with Blonde Redhead and as a musical director for legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson. He has released a series of duo albums of in collaboration with artists such as Anthony Burr, Oskar Gudjonsson and Hilmar Jensson. He has been a member of many influential groups including Pachora, Alas No Axis , The Allan Holdworth group and The Ben Monder group. He has appeared on over 100 recordings and has performed around the world with a wide range of artists.
Sverrisson has been awarded 7 Icelandic Music Awards, including Icelandic Album of the Year for Seria in 2006 and Jazz Album of the year for The Box Tree in 2012 , and nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2001 and 2011.
Mánudaginn 2. mars kl. 20:30 mun tónlistarmaðurinn Arnljótur fagna útgáfu á nýjustu hljómplötu sinni í listhúsinu Mengi, Óðinsgötu 2. Hún ber titilinn “Til einskis” og inniheldur 6 lög á 40 mínútum. Tónlistinni má lýsa sem melódísku púlsandi rafsveimi.
Útgáfan telur 50 geisladiska í takmörkuðu upplagi, unnir í nánu samstarfi við Nicolas Kunysz í The Makery, en hvert eintak er merkt með leiserskurði.
The Makery er alhliða ráðgjafar og hönnunarverkstæði í Reykjavík sem vinnur margvísleg verkefni af ýmsum stærðum og gerðum.
Platan verður spiluð í gegn í heild sinni tvisvar auk þess sem boðið verður upp á létt skemmtiatriði.
Enginn aðgangseyrir og allir eru hjartanlega velkomnir.
Halleluwah býður ykkur í hlustunarpartý og á myndlistarsýningu í tilefni útgáfu fyrstu hljómplötu sinnar.
Hljómsveitin er ný af nálinni og samanstendur af söngkonunni Rakel Mjöll Leifsdóttir og tónlistarmanninum Sölva Blöndal.
Fyrsta smáskífa Halleluwah, sem ber heitið Dior hefur
hljómað í útvarpi landsmanna að undanförnu við góðar
undirtektir. Þann 5. mars kemur fyrsta hljómplata þeirra út á vegum Senu, hún ber heitið ‘Halleluwah’.
Listakonan Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir vann í samstarfi við
Halleluwah að seríu af málverkum í tilefni
útgáfunnar. Verkin urðu að myndum fyrir hljómplötuna og smáskífuna en verkin sjálf verða til sýnis í Mengi í tilefni útgáfunnar. Karen er búsett í Bandaríkunum og þetta er fyrsta einkasýningin hennar.
Léttar veigar í boði. Hlökkum til að sjá ykkur.
Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir and Borgar Magnason meet one March evening at Mengi and seek to find a joint sound world with their contrasting instruments. An improvisation based on the very dissimilar or perhaps not, that is if they achieve to discover a unifying voice.
Tinna will also perform Fingersongs I-IV for toy piano by Atli Heimir Sveinsson and Scherzo for toy piano by Hallvardur Ásgeirsson will be premiered.
Tinna has increasingly concentrated on the toy piano in recent years. She has given regular concerts with her small grand toy piano, a.o. at Mengi in 2014.
She works on a regular basis with many Icelandic composers, is active in the Icelandic experimental music scene and has worked with composers such as Alvin Lucier, Helmut Lachenmann, Morton Subotnick, Evan Ziporyn, Christian Wolff, Lars Graugaard and Greg Davis.
Tinna is a cross-disciplinary artist and has worked on many projects based on collaborations within the arts. She performs in the video work Constitution of the Republic of Iceland by artist duo Ólafur Ólafsson and Libia Castro and composer Karólína Eiríksdóttir, which was showcased at the Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2014 Tinna was an artist in residence at the glass gallery S12 in Bergen, Norway, where she created the glass piano performance work Cry Piano. The same year she performed with the contemporary circus groups Kallo Collective and Agit-Cirk at Silence Festival in Finland and was the curator of the art exhibition Piano at Reykjavík Arts Festival.
She was awarded the newspaper´s DV Culture Prize for Music in Iceland in 2013.
Borgar Magnason is a double bass player, improviser and composer. A constant collaborator Magnason has worked with a wide array of artists including film maker Guy Maddin, video artists 33 1/3, Húbert Nói, the Italian art duo Masbedo and Gabríela Friðriksdóttir.
He has collaborated, performed or recorded with musicians from Elliott Carter to Sigurrós, from Howie B to Michel Legrand, Daníel Bjarnason to Brian Eno. In recent years he has formed close ties with Valgeir Sigurðsson and Ben Frost of the Bedroom Community through frequent collaborations.
He has composed music for theater and dance, and worked extensively as an arranger in “popular” music. In 2010 he conducted the l’Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta and Il Nuovo Coro Lirico Sinfonico Romano, in the video opera “Indeepandance” at a staging in Palottomatica in Rome, a project where he also served as assistant composer.
More on Tinna here: www.annit.is
Composer, classical guitar player, and singer Vitor Ramil will perform several songs from his latest record Foi no mês que vem, which includes 32 songs from different periods in his career. This double album was released on the occasion of the publication of his song book a couple of years ago.
Vitor Ramil is a musician from Southern-Brazil, and his album Foi no mês que vem features over 15 musicians and singers with whom he has partnered throughout his career, like Milton Nascimento, Ney Matogrosso, and Marco Suzano from Brazil, Jorge Drexler from Uruguay, and Fito Paez from Argentina.
Vitor will also perform milonga songs from his previous album délibáb, produced in Buenos Aires by Argentinan classical guitar player Carlos Moscardini, and featuring Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso. Those milonga songs were composed for poems by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges from his book Para las seis cuerdas, and by João da Cunha Vargas, also a native from Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state in Brazil bordered by Uruguay and Argentina. João da Cunha Vargas was a countryman who composed and preserved his poems orally.
This will be a very personal and intimate concert showing a Brazil that is different from the typical tropical country everybody knows.
Nadja is duo of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff creating ambient, experimental music using electric guitars, a drum machine, and a plethora of effects. Their sound simultaneously incorporates elements of electronic, experimental, industrial, shoegaze, and doom metal, combining noise and heaviness with melodicism and ethereal soundscapes. The project’s live performances are loud and enveloping and attempt to create a shared, subsuming, sonic environment.
Aidan Baker solo performances offer a counterpoint to the volume and bombast of Nadja, exploring similar ambient, experimental, and drone textures but in a subtler and more intimate way.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Baker and Buckareff currently live in Berlin, Germany. As a duo, they have been active for 10 years and have released numerous albums on such labels as Alien8 Recordings, Important Records, and Hydrahead Records. They have toured and performed around the world.
You are warmly invited to the opening of IIIF’s design exhibition PETITS VOLCANS in MENGI during DesignMarch.
FRIDAY March 13
17:00-21:00 Opening Party with FM BELFAST DJ-set
The exhibition will also be open during the weekend March 14-15 from 11:00-18:00
Premiered will be:
PETITS VOLCANS (IIIF & CIAV)
Collaboration with the french glass blowing center CIAV in Meisenthal, glass product collection inspired by the fierce natural phenomenon common in Iceland, volcanoes.
LAVA FIELDS (IIIF & VARMA)
Collaboration with the Icelandic wool-product company VARMA, wool blanket inspired by lava fields.
Meðgönguljóð proudly present new works by three emerging writers:
„Að eilífu, áheyrandi“ by Krista Alexandersdóttir
„Beinhvít skurn“ by Soffía Bjarnadóttir
and „Blágil“ by Þórður Sævar Jónsson
The book releases will be celebrated at Mengi on Óðinsgata 2 in downtown Reykjavík.
Each author will read from his/her work and guests can expect some surprise performances. Everyone is welcome.
Admission fee is 2.000 ISK and includes a book of poetry. All profits go toward supporting the publishing efforts of Meðgönguljóð.
INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL
A selection of NEW GERMAN VIDEO ART
presented by Clemens Wilhelm
ALPHA (11 min)
Julia Charlotte Richter
PROMISED LAND (11 min)
LIFE BEGINS HERE (15 min)
CONTACT (15 min)
DARK MATTERS (20 min)
BIRDS (15 min)
Bettina Nürnberg & Dirk Peuker
ZEMENT (12 min)
HADES TREPTOW (10 min)
TOTAL 109 min
In this edition at MENGI, GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE presents a selection of German video artists born around the year 1980 whose works reflect issues of the globalized generation: personal and global issues clash as the individual struggles with society. GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE presents a powerful collage image of works that show the subconscious of our present: the extremes of capitalism, the consequences of consumerism, the pitfalls of digital romance, the crisis of masculinity, the horrors of history, the effects of surveillance, the detachment from nature, and the invisibility of death.
A proverb tells us that “the grass is always greener on the other side”, reminding us that distant locations always appear greater than they are when seen from afar. When traveling physically, one often cannot escape the feeling that places are becoming more similar, more commodified, more corporate-ruled. Where is this „greener other side“ in the twenty-first century?
GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE is a travelling video art festival initiated by artist Clemens Wilhelm (Berlin) in 2011. Since then, it showed varying programs at Organhaus Art Space, Chongqing (CN), Sichuan Fine Arts Insitute, Chongqing (CN), Frequency Time Group, Chengdu (CN), SIM The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik (IS), Meneer de Wit, Amsterdam (NL), Buitenwerkplaats Artist Residency, Starnmeer (NL), Titanik Gallery, Turku (FI), Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki (FI), Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, Tallinn (EST), Glasgow School of Art (UK), Babel Art Space, Trondheim (NO), Small Projects, Tromsö (NO), NOD Gallery, Prague (CZ), Atelier Nord ANX, Oslo (NO), and Zajia Lab, Beijing (CN).
GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE is non-profit and artist-run, made possible by the generous support of the featured artists and the hosting institutions.
more info: www.greenerontheotherside.
In August 2013 the up and coming Danish bass player, Richard Andersson, moved to Iceland. Since then he has been collaborating with a big part of the musicians from the jazz scene in Reykjavik. In September 2013 he started a weekly jazz jam session on Sundays at Hresso, where he has been playing with Eyþor Gunnarsson, Scott McLemore, Snorri Sigurðarson, Oskar Gudjonsson, Hilmar Jensson, Matthias Hemstock, Einar Scheving, Agnar Már Magnússon, Jon Pall and Jóel Pálsson among others . Richard Has recorded and performed with widely recognized international musicians as Jef (Tain) Wats, George Garzone, Tony Malaby, Bill McHenry, Bob Moses, Jerry Bergonzi, Kasper Tranberg, Anders Mogensen, Dave Liebman, Phil Markowitz among others.
Now he has started his own trio with some of the most significant players on the scene today.
Oskar Gudjonsson is widely recognized for his collaboration with the bass player Skúli Sverrisson and also for his part in the band ADHD, which just has recorded their 5th album yet to be released. He has played over 300 international concerts in 40 countries in 5 continets with among others Jim Black, ADHD, Mezzo Forte, Oskar Gudjonsson Skúli Sverrisson duo and Søren Dahl Jeppesen quartet.
Matthias Hemstock has over the last 25 years performed and recorded with a wide variety of Icelandic musicians and bands. After he returned from two years of studying at the highly prestigious Berkley college of Music in 1991 he also started teaching at FIH School of contemporary rhythmic Music, where he has been a great inspirer for many of the younger generations graduating from FÍH.
Stafrænn Hákon (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈstafraitn̥ ˈhaːukɔn]) is the stage name used by Icelandic musician Ólafur Josephsson. Ólafur has been making music on his own as Stafrænn Hákon since 1999. Stafrænn Hákon has released 8 full length albums and series of ep´s. Currently Stafrænn Hákon´s 9th full length album is being mixed and will be released in 2015. Stafrænn Hákon has through the last years been described as a mix of post-rock, lo-fi, ambient guitar & electronica which still holds true to some extent though he with each album takes a giant leap and keeps growing as a musician.
Tomorrow two of the founding members of Icelandic music group Múm, Örvar Smárason and Gunnar Tynes will be at the Mengi concert venue in Reykjavik, improvising electronic music to accompany the German silent film Menschen am Sonntag from the year 1930.
This performance is the first in a monthly series of improvisations to the same film, a “work in progress” with the aim of ultimately writing a new score to the film or at least establishing a framework for a musical accompaniment to the film.
The group posted on their Facebook page last week “If you are in Reykjavik next week (or sometime in the next year) you really have to come see this film.”
Múm are known for their exploratory and exuberant approach to music which can yield eclectic results. Witness to this bear their contrasting projects which range from releasing a single with the well-known singer, Kylie Minouge to being commissioned to write a piece for the MDR Sinfonieorchester in Leipzig.
Múm’s latest album Smilewound, released in 2013 and was nominated for the Nordic Music Prize last year.
The film, Menschen am Sonntag is an often overlooked gem from 1930, a directorial debut for brothers Curt and Robert Siodmak and written by none other than Austrian-born American filmmaker and journalist Billy Wilder whose career lasted over 50 years. Not only is the film one of the last of Germany’s silent era cinema, but it follows a weekend in the life of a group of Berliners and is a rare glimpse into the lives of young and carefree people in a city that would soon be submerged in a dark shadow.
Active since the late 80’s in France, Vortex is part of a strange musical avant-garde, of those that remain hidden to the general public… visceral sound, prepared and abstract guitars, melancholic voice and melodies that arise smoothly on a real wall of swirling harmonies, as a relevant meeting between Nico and Glenn Branca.
Founders of the duet, Nico Guerrero (guitars and vocals) and Sonia Cohen-Skalli (bass and vocals) have been joined on stage since January 2015 by Arthur Geffroy (guitars and keyboards). The news of the Parisian band have always been rare and fragmentary, as well as the official recordings. Their “Eksaïphnès” album released in 2002 on the French label “Les Disques du Soleil et de l’Acier” (Pascal Comelade, Keiji Haino, Kas Product, Etant Donnés…) is probably one of their best incarnation.
They will play new compositions specially for their performance at Mengi.
Ívar Björnsson and Jón Gabríel Lorange are the members of the duo Nolo. They have been making music as Nolo since 2009 and have released two albums with Kimi Records, No-Lo-Fi (2010) and Nology (2011), their third album was released online on Bandcamp. They are now working on their fourth album which will be along the same lines as their previous work though slightly different.
Ívar and Jón Gabríel first got into music when they began their studies at the Icelandic Guitar School at the age of 12. They met through a mutual friend and decided to form the blues band Sidewalk, which only played in the dark alleyways of Kópavogur. At the start of that collaboration they decided to quit their music studies as they felt their work with the band was the best school. They soon changed their band name to Spooky Jetson. Spooky Jetson was also a blues band and they went through to the finals of Músíktilraunir or Music Experiments (a competition for young musicians) in 2007.
The following two years brought drastic changes to the band which resulted in the formation of Nolo in 2009. This is Nolo´s debut performance at Mengi but they have played all over the country in the last few years, including many festivals both in the countryside and in Reykjavik. This past fall was their sixth time playing at Iceland Airwaves for example. The duo has not yet played abroad but are making plans to tour in other countries in the near future.
Alongside their work with the band the two are both students at the Icelandic University of Arts where Jón Gabríel studies compositions and Ívar graphic design.
On Saturday they will be playing around with some of their previous work as well as presenting new material. The drummer Höskuldur Eiríksson will be joining them on this occasion and other in the future, replacing the drum-machine to spice up the performance.