I did an interview with Anne Lanzilotti about music and the compositional process in my studio ❁
I had a nice chat with Simon Clark for his vlog about the inspiration behind METACOSMOS leading up to the UK premiere of the work at the Proms Festival in the Royal Albert Hall July 2019.
A trailer for AION - a Choreographed Symphonic Stage Work where a full symphony orchestra, 8 dancers and enveloping visuals share a space in a unique way merging in and out of each other throughout the process of the piece.
Music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, choreography by Erna Omarsdottir - trailer from the premiere performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Dance Company at the Point Festival in May 2019.
When AION is performed with choreography it is 50 minutes in duration (with a music score of 47 minutes). Anna’s music score of AION is an orchestral work in 3 movements and performed as a concert piece AION is approximately 37 minutes in duration. The subtitles of the three movements are Morphosis, Transcension and Entropia.
Concept and artistic direction: Anna Thorvaldsdóttir and Erna Ómarsdóttir
Music: Anna Thorvaldsdóttir
Choreography: Erna Ómarsdóttir
Assistant choreographer: Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir
Conductor: Anna-Maria Helsing
Video art: Pierre-Alain Giraud and Valdimar Jóhannsson
Costumes: Agniezska Baranowska
Editing: Pierre-Alain Giraud
Dancers: Charmene Pang, Elín Signý Weywadt Ragnarsdóttir, Erna Gunnarsdóttir, Félix Urbina Alejandre, Inga Huld Hákonardóttir, Shota Inoue, Tilly Sordat and Una Björg Bjarnadóttir.
Choreography was created in collaboration with IDC dancers.
A production of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Dance Company.
AION is inspired by an abstract notion of time and the journey between dimensions. In AION Anna Thorvaldsdottir composer and Erna Ómarsdóttir choreographer invite the audience on an otherworldly voyage where music and movement merge in a unique way.
AION is a new large scale work - a choreographed symphonic stage work - with music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and choreography by Erna Ómarsdóttir with the Iceland Dance Company. AION was premiered on May 24th by the Gothenburg Symphony and the Iceland Dance Company in Gothenburg at the Point Festival. The work is co-commissioned by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
The Iceland Symphony has posted a full recording of METACOSMOS, for orchestra, from the performance on January 31st 2019, conducted by Daníel Bjarnason.
The Berlin Philharmonic gave the European premiere of the work the week before, conducted by Alan Gilbert, and below is an excerpt from that performance. The full performance is available in the Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker here.
I am really excited about the new portrait album with a selection of my chamber pieces performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble which will be released in November on Sono Luminus. The album presents a selection of recent chamber pieces for smaller forces - ranging from solo piano to string ensemble - which orbit the large ensemble work aequilibria. Two of the pieces are conducted by Steven Schick and the piano solo is performed by Cory Smythe.
I am very happy to share that I have been appointed Composer in Residence with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra - I am very much looking forward to be working together on many exciting projects in the coming years
It is very exciting to be signing with Chester Music and The Music Sales Classical for distribution of my works. It has been wonderful to get to know the people at Chester Music and the Music Sales Group, and having had good time to do so has been an invaluable part of establishing this relationship - I can't think of a better home for my music.
A wonderful recording from the performance of Ad Genua at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart festival in August 2016 - performed by The Crossing & International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
Text by Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir.