The Los Angeles Philharmonic have announced that programming for their Reykjavík Festival will include three special shows by Sigur Rós performing some of their best loved works with the orchestra. This is the first time the band will have played publicly with an orchestra since shows for their unreleased work Odin’s Raven Magic in 2002-3.
Co-curated by Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason and LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Icelandic band will perform three nights at Walt Disney Concert Hall, playing career-spanning sets including fan-favorites (with orchestral accompaniment) and - “if things go to plan” - new, unreleased music (without orchestra).
Each Sigur Rós performance (April 13, 14, 15) will be prefaced by a different symphonic and choral program. On April 13 festival co-curator Salonen will lead the LA Phil in the world premier of a new violin concerto from Daníel Bjarnason, performed by Pekka Kuusisto. Bjarnarson first worked with Sigur Rós when he conducted the session on the band’s song “Ára Bátur” London’s Abbey Road for the Með suð í eyrum… album in 2008.
The April 13, 14, 15 programs will also include new work from long-term Sigur Rós collaborator and Amiina member Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, as well as pieces from Anna Þorvaldsdóttir and Jón Leifs. In addition, the orchestra will also present the U.S. premieres of Haukur Tómasson’s piano concerto, with Icelandic soloist Vikingur Ólafsson, and Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson’s BD. (see full schedule below)
The Reykjavík Festival is designed as an exploration of the eclectic Icelandic music scene, highlighting the creativity thriving in Reykjavík and covering a wide spectrum of music, from chamber, choral and symphonic to pop music.