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Documentary: Reykjavik Festival

05.07.2017 - 11:45
Mynd: Carol M. Highsmith  / Wikimedia
A compact, 10 minute documentary on the The L.A Philharmonic´s Reykjavik Festival on Icelandic music in April 2017, which took place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA.

The Festival was curated by Daníel Bjarnason and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and  was designed to showcase the diverse, thriving and quite frankly abundant music scene happening within the fair city of Reykjavík.

In this special documentary by RÚV, we see exclusive interviews with Sigur Rós, Johann Johannsson, Daníel Bjarnason, Páll Ragnar Pálsson, dj flugvél og geimskip, Shoplifter and many more as well as snippets of performances at the festival.

Performances within the festival included sets from múm, amiina, Skúli Sverrisson & Ólöf Arnalds, JFDR and dj flugvél og geimskip. Special original compositions were commissioned from some of the biggest and brightest Icelandic contemporary music names, and works performed from composers like María Huld Markan, Páll Ragnar Pálsson, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Áskell Másson, Þurídur Jónsdóttir, Atli Ingólfsson and of course Daníel Bjarnason. The Schola Cantorum choir, from Reykjavík performed two very special shows. 

Sigur Rós played three nights accompanied by The L.A Phil. 
Bedroom Community came to the party with their Whale Watching Tour followed by Jóhann Jóhannsson performing music from his latest album Orphée. 

There was even a specially cominssioned piece for the musical mouse, Maximus Musicus,  to introduce children to the wonderful world of Icelandic Music. 

The festival truly had something for everyone.