Made in Iceland!
- By Andrew Fish
- Photo Courtesy of LA Phil
Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík is home to a wealth of creative talent, a heaping handful of which you can check out at Walt Disney Concert Hall this month. “Opening Night: Made in Iceland – Live” — which serves as night one of L.A. Phil’s Reykjavík Festival — is an evening of music, art, moving images and beer.
Electronic band Múm is slated to play the main stage, making music with instruments from the ordinary to the extraordinary. And hitting the center’s BP hall will be composer and bassist Skúli Sverrisson, singer and musician Ólöf Arnalds, one-woman electronic orchestra DJ Flugvél og Geimskip, Jófríður Ákadóttir’s solo project JFDR, and multi-instrumental band Amiina. Also in BP Hall, an L.A. Phil-commissioned, site-specific installation entitled “Nervescape VI” by visual artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter) will be on display. And for further visual stimulation, work from artist Siggi Eggertsson will be represented as well.
Driving at the Speed of the Nordic Sun, a 4-hour single-take movie by Xárene Eskandar, with music by Daníel Bjarnason, will screen continuously in the outdoor, rooftop setting of the W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre — and if you find yourself in the mood for a beverage, partake of the craft beer tasting courtesy of Einstök Beer Company. And this is just the first night. The Reykjavík Festival runs through the first half of April, and includes three performances by the legendary Sigur Rós. So head to Disney Hall and get a taste of Iceland!
For the complete line up and details, click here.