Monday, January 21, 2013


On Thursday 31st of January the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov, will premiere my new piece, Nostalgia. Solo violin by Una Sveinbjarnardóttir.

The piece is composed on the occation of Dark Music Days, a festival dedicated to contemporary music in Iceland. The concert, that will also include works by Gunnar Andreas Kristinson, Davíð Brynjar Fransson and Gerald Barry, starts at 19:30 in Harpa concert house in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Here are a few words about the composition:

My piece, Nostalgia, is among other, inspired by The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus; the films of Andrei Tarkovski, that have many references to lost time; and last but not least, my staying in a country where time has not travelled in the same tempo as I grew up in.

At the beginning of the composition there is stillness. After a while some hidden emotions start to emerge and from there starts a procedure where it is needed to look inwards and try to understand everything better, at the same time as things  are getting more complicated. This development reaches a point of culmination and then starts to unravel. What we did not know before, comes to light.

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