Behind PIL is 21 year old Danish/Icelandic Telma Pil experimenting and expressing herself within the modern electronica music genre; raw and organic soundscapes with an often melancholic sound universe represents the red thread of the young composer, producer and songwriters music. PIL finds herself moving between drowsy and progressive beats with an often alluring vocal on top, all performed with visuals by the artist herself.
Concert starts at 9pm.
Tickets: 1000 ISK.
Book presentation and sound installation by Johannes Tassilo Walter & Nicolas Kunysz. Opens at 6pm.
»Die Sonne war Nacht, the sun was night.«
Night does not bring darkness – light just disappears.
JOHANNES TASSILO WALTER reduces oil prints to two-color schemes depicting sceneries and objects, in which the compressed story of a culture is revealed: their shiny ascent and demise unto endless blackness –a real good-night story. Walter’s paintings are illustrated by a text by P.S.THOR, who removes an imaginable part from the abstraction of endlessness, stuffs it with words and puts it on show. Abstract and concrete history are brought together in a combinative world concept on sheets of cardboard and bound together as a book.
Within the space of Mengi, the endless night continues.
In a sound installation with loops from NICOLAS KUNYSZ another dimension is synthesized as a third element of sound emerges from the concrete book form.
The book is published by HAMANN VON MIER (hammann-von-mier.com)
Book presentation by Johannes Tassilo Walter
Sound by Nicolas Kunysz
Live performance by the Latvian artist Lina Lapylite and the band Dora (Jānis Šipkēvics & Gatis Zakis in connection with the group exhibition “Double Bind” that opens at the Living Art Museum on March 5th at 16:00.
Lina Lapelyte is Lithuanian born artist, composer, musician and performer living and working in London and Vilnius. In her recent projects Lina has been exploring the phenomena of song.
Using song as an object Lina examines the issues of displacement, otherness and beauty. Lina Lapelyte has been exhibiting and performing at the DRAF (London); Ikon (Birmingham); BBC proms (London); Tate modern (London); CAC (Vilnius), Skopje Bienalle (Skopje); Royal Festival Hall (London); Spor (Aarhus); Echoraum (Wien); Holland Festival (Amsterdam).
Dora’s members, Jānis Šipkēvics & Gatis Zakis, collaborated with visual artist Berglind Jóna Hlynsdóttir on her work The Changing Room, shown at Double Bind. They composed a new score for the piece and Jānis reads the role of The Changing Room as well as singing parts of the work.
At the concert they will perform parts of the work live as well as performin new music by Dora.
House opens at 7:30pm. Event starts at 8pm
Tickets: 1000 ISK.
Dora is a collaboration between two musicians coming from different musical backgrounds, Gatis Zakis and Jānis Šipkēvics who are both based in Riga, Latvia. Gatis Zakis as a sound artist and a producer is focusing on sound textures and noises using them as musical instruments while Jānis Šipkēvics brings to the palette vocal polyphony and piano textures influenced by 20th century minimalists. Together their soundscapes consist of these two different approaches, which then complement and contrast in their music. In this way they find the sense of purpose and aesthetics in their work.
Both members of Dora are a part of a very well known Latvian band called Instrumenti, which has released 3 albums and won numerous music awards. They recorded their first record at the Green House Studios here in Iceland. Gatis has worked as professional music producer for many years; he has done work with most of Latvias best Indie bands, including Carnival Youth who recently won the EBBA award. Jānis studied classical choir music and has worked with choirs and orchestras in many different ways. He wrote and conducted a choir piece for artist the Latvian Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2015. He also releases under his artist name Shipsea. He is one of the hosts of the weekly radio show Tīrkultūra which is regarded the best alternative, classical and experimental music show on the biggest radio platform in Latvia. During his carrier he has collaborated with a variety of visual artists, filmmakers and all kinds of musicians from classical musicians to the soviet era rock band Pērkons.
*photograph of Dora by Janis Deinats
Debut concert of Kórus. Conductor: Georg Kári Hilmarsson.
House opens at 4:30pm. Concert starts at 5pm.
Tickets: 2000 ISK
Kórus: Alexi Murdoch, Anna Kristín Guðmundsdóttir, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Baldur Hjörleifsson, Birta Guðjónsdóttir, Borko, Elín Hansdóttir, Emilíana Torrini, Futuregrapher, Georg Kári Hilmarsson, Gyða Valtýsdóttir, Hans Jóhannsson, Helga Björg Gylfadóttir, Ingibjörg Stefánsdóttir, Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir, Katrín Helga Andrésdóttir, Kira Kira, Kristín Anna Valtýsdótir, Magga Stína, Margrét H. Blöndal, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Marteinn Sindri Jónsson, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir, Ólafur Björn Ólafsson, Paul Evans, Pétur Ben, Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, Sigurlaug Thorarensen, Thomas Pausz, Valgeir Sigurðsson.
A night dedicated to performances, held at Mengi on the first Monday evening of every month.
Performances by Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir, Ingibjörg Magnadóttir, Katrín Inga Hjördísardóttir & Futuregrapher, Magnús Logi Kristinsson & Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson.
Curated by visual artists Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir, Eva Ísleifs, Ingibjörg Magnadóttir & Katrín Inga Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir.
House opens at 8pm. Event starts at 9pm.
Entrance: 2000 ISK
Or typefaces have been used to convey important and thought-provoking messages over the last year. Snuggle up with wise words in the ‘Or Type Reading Room’, learn about our new font ‘L15’, and enjoy ‘Video Hailstorm (VHS)’, an installation by Atli Bollason where fluctuating video snowflakes are examined in great detail.
A collaborative piece by Or Type and Finnish designer Sebastian Jansson, ‘Ambient Thoughts’, will also be on display.
Opening party on Thursday March 10 from 18-21 where Hermigervill will DJ some fine tunes.
Since the advent of radio technology, airwaves have penetrated many living rooms and especially kitchens all over the world. Studies have shown that historically the audience of radio consisted mainly of women. Often confined to their homes, women tuned in during daytime as a way to open up their window to the world..OPERA is TRICKSTER’s newest undertaking. Through playing as a starting point with the phenomenon and medium of opera, the soap and radio drama; the role of women in relation to such media will be playfully explored. TRICKSTER kickstarts OPERA with a short work-stay in Reykjavik to experiment and launch this as-yet-unknown performative project.
Our performance in Mengi shall therefore consist of new material intertwined with unexpected and unanticipated sparkles of site-specific improvisation!
House opens at 8pm. Performance starts at 9pm.
Tickets: 2000 ISK.
Trickster is an ensemble consisting of five artists who, in addition to their individual practice, are experimenting as a collective with diverse conditions and ‘instant performance’. With backgrounds in theater, music, art and scenography, they are researching the nature of emergent-form composition: an open structure in which the performers discover or create unique forms together.
To name a few of their performances: Trickster the Play (2015, Fuck you Friedrich, WORM, Rotterdam) is a complex play in which each Trickster member takes the role of their own stand-in; Parasite Event (2014, Festival Witte de With Kwartier, Rotterdam) uses the strategy of performing in other festival participants pieces such as exhibitions, gigs, talks or screenings; ON/OFF (2014, TEST extra: Tele li(f/v)e, Nutshuis, The Hague) explores being in the screen or outside the frame.
TRICKSTER (since 2008) is: Nina Boas (performance artist), Barbara Ellison (sound & visual artist), Nathalie Smoor (mime/actor), Ieke Trinks (performance artist), Marielle Verdijk (scenographer).
Singer-songwriter Ólöf Arnalds will perform her own music and poetry in Or Type’s installation at Mengi. Songs, old and new, some of which that will be included in her new album, published later this year. House opens at 8pm. Concert starts at 9pm. Tickets: 2000 ISK
In the absence of just another next big personal plan, there’s plenty of room – for nothingness, or for creativity and the unforeseen.
Maria Bay Bechmann and Julius Rothlaender, hailing from different places and musical backgrounds, used just that as their starting point for yet another approach to music and the silence in between.
After combining for an entry in a side project called ‘Mount Theodore’, the two decided to meet up for the first time in Julius Rothlaender’s studio in Reykjavík for fourteen days of music experiments in October 2015. The open end of this rather short time span saw four completely new songs, mellow and moony, that were presented to people in an intimate headphone concert on the last evening, marking the birth of ‘Vil’.
After recent shows in Copenhagen and Berlin more experiments and concerts can be expected when Maria Bay Bechmann and Julius Rothlaender team up in different places somewhere up north all over 2016 to take further steps towards their debut album.
House opens at 8pm. Concert starts at 9pm.
Tickets: 2000 ISK.
CRISIS MEETING (2015)
On stage: Árni Vilhjálmsson, Friðgeir Einarsson, Ragnar Ísleifur Bragason
Text and dramaturgy: Bjarni Jónsson
Design: Sigrún Hlín Sigurðardóttir
Director: Friðgeir Einarsson
Duration: 80 mins.
Friday, March 18th, 2016, 9:00pm
Saturday, March 19th, 2016, 9:00pm
Tickets: 2000 ISK
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“Their approach is very original and I think they´re hilariously funny […] Great fun. A must- see!
-Hlín Agnarsdóttir, TV show Kastljós on IBS
Oscillating between anarchy, sit-com and Samuel Beckett, Kriðpleir Theater Group takes on different and – at times – completely unmanageable projects, driven by the members´ desperate longing for truth, social acceptance and respect.
This time Friðgeir Einarsson and his companions are in midst of writing a major application. The guys have a deadline approaching, but being these avid fans of open-door policies and the culture of sharing, they´ve decided to take time off to reveal their working methods during a series of short sessions.
“Crisis Meeting” is an introduction to the strange world of Kriðpleir; a golden opportunity for arts enthusiasts and professionals to level with the performers, watch them at work and contemplate on the mysterious ways of the performing arts.
Rawing reviews for Crisis Meeting – one of the top five shows in town, according to Iceland State Broadcasting.
“All theatre artists and all those who consider themselves to be real artists must go and see this show!”
-María Kristjánsdóttir, Cultural Magazine Víðsjá on IBS
Kriðpleir Theatre Group has produced 3 shows to date, starting with “The Block” in2012 when hospitable theatre maker Friðgeir Einarsson invited people to his small apartment in the east of Reykjavík and introduced some of his fantastic plans for the neighbourhood. Rating this as an over-all positive experience, Einarsson felt ready to take on other and more complex tasks.
A year later he showed up with his friends at the University of Iceland, lecturing on the wonders of the brain in “Tiny Guy” (2013) and the third project took Kriðpleir back in time: “Belated Inquiry” (2014) was an attempt to solve a 330 years old murder mystery, resulting in a particular mixture of documentary film-making and theatre.
In 2015, Kriðpleir performed “Tiny Guy” at steirischer herbst in Graz and the Culturescape Festival in Basel.
Fengi – Fengjastrútur at Mengi
The chamber group Fengjastrútur has ever since 2007 specialised in performing open scores where the aesthetic vision of the performer and the space and atmosphere of the performance itself have a great impact on the outcome of the works.
In a new mini-concert-series at Mengi the group will perform a few of the most important open scores of the 20th century along with several new works of Icelandic composers.
At a concert on Sunday, March 20 at 9pm, the works of Cornelius Cardew and Robert Ashley will be in the forefront and the background and ideology of the works will be presented prior to the performance. Guests will be able to influence the performance, either with direct participation or with their own thoughts on comments that will have effect on the performance. The performance will be somewhat an open dialogue and a study.
At the second concert, held on Thursday, May 5th at 9pm, the works of Icelandic composers, e.g. Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Áki Ásgeirsson and more, will blend in with older works of composers such as James Tenney and Pauline Oliveros.
We’re happy to welcome the Belgian flute-player Quentin Manfroy and the French-Icelandic musician Tom Manoury to Mengi for an exciting concert. For the first part of the evening Quentin Manfroy will present his solo work for flute. He will later be joined by electronic artist Tom Manoury, aka KverK, who will use flute as the sole input into his real time processing electronics rig.
Quentin and Tom have been making music together for over 15 years, in Orchestre du Belgistan as well as in various side projects revolving around improvised music.
Concert starts at 9pm.
Tickets: 2000 ISK
More about the musicians:
Quentin Manfroy is a Belgian flute player, very active in the cutting edge jazz and experimental scene of his country and abroad. He is currently playing with bands like Maak or Le Belgistan. His interest of other cultures led him to collaborate with Moroccan, Chinese and Turkish musicians. Currently working on a solo project for the flute it comes from an obsession for a player of a monodic instrument: how to generate polyphony?
This solo features hypnotizing compositions and improvisations for flute using extended techniques able to create multiple layers of sound simultaneously, as we can experience the sound in the nature ( wind, singing of birds, rattling of the leaves…)
Tom Manoury is a French/Icelandic musician. He grew up in Paris and lived in Brussels for many years before moving to Reykjavik. Mostly self taught, he plays all kinds of wind instruments such as saxophones, euphonium, harmonica, and many others. He also sings and masters overtone and throat singing. Aside his carrier as an instrumentalist and composer he has been doing electronic music for over 10 years. Tom builds his set using the object oriented software Usine.
The wonderful musician Kristín Anna performs her own music at a concert at Mengi on Wednesday in the Holy Week.
Concert starts at 9pm.
Tickets: 2000 ISK.
The great cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdottir will perform solo music for the cello by Johann Sebastian Bach, Benjamin Britten and Jane Antonia Cornish.
Suite no. 3 in C-major by J. S. Bach
Suite no. 3 op. 98 by Benjamin Britten
Portrait by Jane Antonia Cornish
House opens at 8pm. Concert starts at 9pm.
Tickets: 2000 ISK
About the soloist:
Riveting” (NYTimes) cellist, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto and Iceland Symphonies, among others, and her recital and chamber music performances have taken her across the US, Europe and Asia. Following the release of her debut recording of Britten’s Suites for Solo Cello on Centaur Records, she has performed in some of the world’s greatest halls including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall and Disney Hall. The press have described her as “charismatic” (NYTimes) and praised her performances for their “emotional intensity” (LATimes).
Starting in the fall of 2015, Sæunn joins the faculty of the University of Washington in Seattle, teaching cello and chamber music. For the past two years, Sæunn has been Artist-in-Residence at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall in Sonoma, California, presenting concerts, masterclasses, lectures and informal discussions at Sonoma State University.
An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated in performance with Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode and members of the Emerson, Guarneri and Cavani Quartets and has participated in numerous chamber music festivals, including Prussia Cove and Marlboro, with whom she has toured. She is cellist of the Manhattan Piano Trio and a founding member of Decoda; a group that seeks to revitalize the world of chamber music through refreshing concert experiences, creative education, and community engagement.
Along with the masterpieces of the 18th, 19th and 20th century, Sæunn is constantly inspired by works composed in our time and enjoys working with living composers. In addition to working closely with Daníel Bjarnason on his award-winning composition “Bow to String”, she has premiered dozens of works, including new pieces by Peter Schikele, Paul Schoenfield, Kendall Briggs and Jane Antonia Cornish.
Sæunn has garnered numerous top prizes in international competitions, including the Naumburg Competition in New York and the Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb, Croatia. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music from The Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. Her principal teachers include Richard Aaron, Tanya L. Carey, Colin Carr and Joel Krosnick.
The music ensemble Umbra performs music connected with sorrow and death on Good Friday. Darkness and melancholy will reign; the program consists of music by female composers from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, e.g. Hildegard von Bingen and Barbara Strozzi as well as contemporary musicians such as Sufjan Stevens. Umbra’s sound world is based on improvisation with period instruments. A special guest at the concert will be the lute player Kaisamaija Ulja. Alexandra Kjeld – Double bass. Arngerður María Árnadóttir – Celtic harp and singing. Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir – Baroque violine. Kaisamaija Ulja – Lute. Lilja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir – Singing. Concert starts at 9pm. Tickets: 2000 ISK.
Gyða Valtýsdóttir polychromatic performer, multifaceted musician who´s classically trained though untamed wildly in motion around the globe like an electron in an unpredictable process of improvised living. Now she´s settling down in her motherland´s snowy bosom, and coming home to her heart.
The concert in Mengi will be holy and high with music that span more than two thousand year; an arrangement done in collaboration with Hilmar Jensson and bagpipe player Michael York on the oldest song that has been found in its entirety on a tombstone in Turkey, Greek studies by the eccentric genius Harry Partch, hymn by the magic-nun Hildegard Von Bingen, God music from George Crumb’s Black Angels, a praise to eternityby the mystic Olivier Messiaen, a love song by Schumann and one of Schubert’s latest opus, Piano Trio op. 100 that some may know from Stanley Kubric’s movie, Barry Lyndon.
Rough Fields is the solo project of UK-based producer James Birchall. Began in 2011 with a series of epic lo-fi cassettes on the Bomb Shop label, the Rough Fields project progressed through expansive song forms on debut album Edge of the Firelight, and surreal, dreamy pop on the High Time EP. Constructed from a wide array of stringed instruments, found objects and home-made soundmaking devices, his early work brings together influences from drone, UK techno and minimalism to form unique works. In 2013, Birchall collaborated with Steve Reich to release the first ever solo version of “Music For 18 Musicians”. Along with Sarah Faraday, the pair also form drone/noise/electronica Ambrosia(@).
This special show at Mengi will be divided into two parts – the first is pure field recording with minimal manipulation, placing sound recorded on the north and west coasts of Iceland into concrete performative structures, accompanied by meditative films created at each location by photographer, filmmaker and visual artist Sarah Faraday. The second part stems from the 2013 album “Wessenden Suite” – a long-form drone piece constructed from layered field recordings. The performance involves recording environmental sound in the region, and then manipulating those recordings live using Max, Ableton and a series of custom built resonant filters to achieve densely layered textures of blissful, harmonic sound.
Faraday and Birchall have been collaborating for several years as photographer and sound artist, creating projects examining natural environments, works documenting urban developments and their impact on ecosystems, and sound pieces layering field recordings to create musical structures. They are currently artists in residence at Fjuk Arts Centre in Husavik, exploring the concepts of silence and stillness in the landscape, and the ability to capture and express these qualities through sound and film. The challenge is to express this meditative stasis in film, introducing a sense of passing time for the viewer. Although it may seem like a contradictory task – the expression of stillness in moving image, and silence in sound – it’s the virtual impossibility of finding absolute results which gives value to the end product. The meditative viewer is rewarded with the gradual revelation of time passing within the apparently still landscape.