New Album Out!

South Iceland Chamber Choir presents its fourth album, Kom skapari - Come Creator, published by Smekkleysa - Bad Taste Music. 

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Hilmar Örn Agnarsson, SICC's conductor and founder, proudly presents the first copy of the album.

Hilmar Örn Agnarsson, SICC's conductor and founder, proudly presents the first copy of the album.

The album contains new Icelandic compositions commissioned for the choir. The majority of the composers comes from a pop music background while the choir has showcased and published contemporary music, so the outcome is both surprising and entertaining.

Among composers are Kjartan Sveinsson, Snorri Hallgrímsson, Bára Grímsdóttir, Páll Ragnar Pálsson, Vala Gestsdóttir, Haukur Tómasson, Benedikt Hermannsson, Örlygur Benediktsson, Ragnhildur Gísladóttir, Magga Stína, Georg Kári Hilmarsson, and Páll Guðmundsson á Húsafelli. 

Work on the album started in 2012 and part of the music was premiered at Dark Music Days in Iceland in February that year. Jonas Sen, a renowned Icelandic music critic, chose the concert as the best choir concert of the year 2012. 

The album was published with generous support from Tónlistarsjóður, SASS, and Hljóðritasjóður. 

The album can be found in the Smekkleysa shop on Laugarvegur 35, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland. We are working on setting up an online shop but until then, if you would like to buy a copy for international shipping, drop us a line and we’ll be in touch. 

SICC Performs Raddir by Ólafur Arnalds

The South Iceland Chamber Choir was honored to be part of the recording of Raddir by Ólafur Arnalds as part of his Island Songs project.

For 7 weeks, Arnalds will travel to 7 different locations in Iceland – one per week – to record and film a series of new compositions.  In each location he will collaborate with local artists to create and perform a new song and each week I will release the audio track and a video performance, shot by director Baldvin Z. Island Songs is a living musical film and therefore everything will be documented in real-time and released weekly. 

For more information on Islands Songs, visit the project's website here

Cycle Music and Art Festival Nominated for the Icelandic Music Award

Cycle Music and Art Festival has been nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards as Best Music Event of the Year in the New and Classical Music.

The jury of the Icelandic Music Awards has this to say about Cycle:

„A highly ambitious and exhilarating festival with focus on the present connection between music, sound art, performance art, visual art and architecture. The festival engaged the audience in a productive dialogue and the performances were of highest quality. The interdisciplinary music performance 'Mirror’s Tunnel' by artist Ólafur Elíasson, composer Páll Ragnar Pálsson and Skark ensemble, 'Electrical Walks‘ by Christina Kubisch and 'Dyptych' by composer Thráinn Hjálmarsson and artist Sigurdur Gudjónsson were among the numerous phenomenal events which took place during the festival."

Cycle Music and Art Festival Nominated for the DV Cultural Prize in Iceland

Cycle Music and Art Festival is nominated for the respected DV Cultural Prize in Iceland in the category Visual Arts.

The South Iceland Chamber Choir premiered Surrounded by Strangers at Cycle Music and Art Festival in August 2015.

In an announcement made by the festival they emphasise that they share this honour with their main collaborators Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art MuseumMoving ClassicsCurated Place, and Import Projects as well as with all their amazing participants, artists and team.

The committee's description: "Cycle is a new and exciting art festival which was launched in Kópavogur last summer, but is in fact an international arts project, where music and visual arts are brought together in a powerful, collaborative way. It is particularly fitting to host such a festival in Iceland, where in recent years music and visual arts have increasingly merged in a common channel and where musicians and artists often collaborate closely. Many are active in both genres and in fact, do not even distinguish between the two. World renowned artists took part in the initial festival such as Ólafur Elíasson, The Icelandic Love Corporation and Simon Steen-Andersen, but also multiple young and upcoming artists. The festival incorporated an incredibly broad spectrum of art activity in the capital region and in collaboration with Import Projects Berlin, showcased chosen works for further promotion."

Surrounded by Strangers at SPECTRA Festival of Light

Surrounded by Strangers, composed by Eyvind Gulbrandsen and performed by The South Iceland Chamber Choir, was performed as a Immersive Digital Choir Installation at SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s stunning Festival of Light, earlier this month. This is the second time the piece is performed digitally, the first time being in Manchester last November.

From Curated Place's website:

SPECTRA delivers a four day light spectacular growing from its home in Union Terrace Gardens to the Kirk of St Nicholas graveyard and into the signature building of the Granite City Marischal College, celebrating the Scottish Year of Architecture, Innovation & Design through this year’s theme “Spark of Inspiration”.

Featuring major public realm and gallery installations alongside new experimental works from the North East’s creative community the festival will enliven the city and celebrate Aberdeen’s creative past, present and future. Inviting audiences to engage with playful, accessible and high quality performances, spaces and works of art that marry light, sound and interactive experiences SPECTRA 2016 will be an exciting family event bringing light to the depths of winter.