Dark Music Days is pleased to announce that this year’s festival will be held in Reykjavík from Thursday 30 January to Sunday 2 February 2014.
Described by the Times as “ever-diversifying... a hot ticket in a cultural hotspot,” Dark Music Days provides Iceland’s foremost platform for showcasing innovative and progressive contemporary music. Established by the Society of Icelandic Composers in 1980, the festival places emphasis on premiering new and often experimental pieces that reflect the ever-growing diversity and creativity of Icelandic music. The festival will be held in Iceland’s state-of-the-art concert hall, Harpa, for the third year running. Dark Music Days opens with a performance by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, a regular highlight since the festival’s establishment.
This year for the first time, Dark Music Days will be collaborating with the Reykjavík Center for Visual Music (RCVM) and Spanish abstract film festival Punto y Raya to offer an exciting programme combining contemporary music with audiovisual art. The opening ceremony of Reykjavík Visual Music -Punto y Raya Festival features two live cinematic pieces commissioned especially for the festival, where composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Hugi Gudmundsson join forces with visual artists Sigurdur Gudjonsson and Bret Battey.
As well as the Symphony Orchestra, Dark Music Days presents a number of artists such as the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra and the CAPUT Ensemble. Performances will include a saxophone concerto by composer Áskell Másson as well as a programme dedicated to the works of Páll Ragnar Pálsson, a contemporary composer and formerly the guitarist of Icelandic rock band Maus.