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My new stage work, Njáls Saga, was premiered at the Cinnober Theatre in Gothenburg on September 27.  It is a continuous voicescape which makes use of Ludvig Uhlbors' transcription from the homonymous mideval Icelandic saga.   In the version now on stage the duration is just over an hour.

During the later working stages some changes were made to the production team so my previous news-post on this matter is not exact.  The final layout of the production team is as follows: Text, scenography and costumes: Ludvig Uhlbors; Lights: Svante Aulis Löwenborg; Music, libretto and stage direction: Atli Ingólfsson; Sound and music performance: Anton Svanberg.  On stage there were: Árni Bergur Zoega, bass, Fabian Silén, baritone, Martin Alexanderson, baritone and Örnólfur Eldon Thorsson, tenor.

I guess the big news here is that, besides the music and the libretto, I was responsible for the direction.  A first time for me, but an experience I would be ready to repeat.  The piece will be staged ten times until October 18.  Some guest performances in other cities are being planned but no confirmation can be given yet.

I am very grateful for the great work all those involved have done and special thanks go out to the organiser and producer Svante Aulis Löwenborg who, together with Anna Forsell, co-director of Cinnober Theatre, made all this happen.

 (photo: Rakel Erna Skarphedinsdottir)

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My third music-theatre production in collaboration with Cinnober Teater in Gothenburg (www.cinnoberteater.com) has been programmed in Gothenburg on September 10. The subject this time comes from Njals saga, the greatest of the mideval Icelandic sagas, through the text of Ludvig Uhlbors. Stage direction will be in the hands of Svante Aulis Löwenborg and scenography will be made by Tormod Lindgren. There will be guest performances in Oslo and Reykjavik, but dates have yet to be established.

This work is written for four male actors, an acting sound conductor and electronics. The composition is under way, hard but extremely enjoyable work.

The idea to do the piece dates some years back and the first work on it was done quite some time ago but in the past months it has taken all of my time.

As I already announced my new violin solo Idioclick was premiered November 25 by Sif Tulinius and I hope to make some sound samples of it available soon.

For the sake of entertainment I thought I might present here the link to the performance on Icelandic television of a fugue I composed on the theme of a popular Icelandic hit (by Ragnhildur Gisladottir).  The pianist is the brilliant Vikingur Olafsson, the same as premiered my concerto in 2014.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItlH0PREv2Q

A video from my 2012 profile concert has been made available on YouTube.  It features Áshildur Haraldsdóttir and Benda percussion trio performing Donec Vesper II, a piece originally from the distant 1996.  I believe the volume has to be turned up for a better timbral definition.  Here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_651334983&feature=iv&src_vid=YRYvrKAz0ps&v=wUyvzPBvrTM

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Happy to announce the upcoming premiere of my new violin solo Idioclick to be performed by Sif Tulinius in Salurinn concert hall on November 25th.  It may be considered to be one of my 'big' solos such as the ones for double-bass, accordeon or saxophone.