Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Jörg Widmann
Our four-day Icelandic festival offers insights into the multi-faceted music scene of the volcanic island in the far north of Europe. Jazz musicians, multi-instrumentalists, strings performing cover versions of Björk songs, singer-songwriters, an Icelandic Schubert and, of course, our Artist in Residence Víkingur Ólafsson performing a piano concerto written for him by Daníel Bjarnason as soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra will all be featured at Gendarmenmarkt.
Icelandic musical creativity, nourished by long nights and cold days on the island, is legendary. Our Singer-Songwriter Night offers a range of Icelandic musicians a stage, most notably pianist Ólafur Arnalds. His programme “re:member” features a string quartet and drums, along with two player pianos. His dreamlike sequences have long ceased to be an insider secret!
Iceland’s multifaceted music scene has no reservations about breaking barriers or crossing genres. We are especially looking forward to a talent that is already quite well-known beyond Iceland. Multi-instrumentalist and singer Jófríður Ákadóttir from JFDR has found a big fan in avant-garde superstar Björk.
The quartet ADHD has been part of Iceland’s lively jazz scene since 2007. Inspired by the northern lights and the forces of nature on this Atlantic volcanic island, they create soundscapes that will get you through even the longest, coldest nights – like those faced by the islanders of the far north.
At the end of the Iceland Festival, our Artist in Residence Víkingur Ólafsson will perform as soloist with Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1950 as a national orchestra, it is now based in Reykjavík’s architecturally unique Harpa Concert Hall. Composer and conductor Daníel Bjarnason will direct a piano concerto written especially for Víkingur.
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