Dark Music Days festival passes are now available!
The festival pass costs 11.900 kr/ 9.900 ISK with or without the opening concert featuring the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and can be purchased at www.harpa.is.
This year’s festival features perfomances by the ensemble group Nordic Affect, which has been nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards and the Music Prize of the Nordic Council. The ensemble takes its name from the Baroque practice of inspiring different emotional states and communicating certain moods (or affects) through the composition and performance of music. Nordic Affect is known for its highly-proclaimed performances of both Baroque music and cutting-edge contemporary pieces. The ensemble’s artistic director is Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir.
The Stockholm Saxophone Quartet will also be perfoming this year as well as staging a special children’s programme on Saturday, 1st February. The quartet is among the most innovative performers in Swedish contemporary music, representing a fresh look at saxophone and electro-acoustic music.
Also returning this year is the award-winning pianist and multi-faceted artist Megumi Masaki. Known for her warm rapport and superb musicianship, Masaki has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada, USA, Asia and Europe. Masaki is a passionate advocate of new music and a dedicated researcher of optimal performance, which integrates emerging technologies to expand how concert music is created, played and received.
Dark Music Days 2014 also features the Bozzini String Quartet from Montréal, Canada, performing new pieces by both Icelandic and foreign composers such as Leifur Þórarinsson, Jennifer Walshe and John Cage. Since 1999, the Bozzini Quartet has been an original voice in new, radically contemporary, experimental and classical music, and has performed extensively all over the world.
More information about the festival programme can be found at www.darkmusicsdays.is/programme