Kiasmos

The tag team of composer Olafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen of Faroe Islands band Bloodgroup, otherwise known as Kiasmos have unveiled the first single “Burnt” off their long-awaited self-titled debut LP on Erased Tapes Records.

“Burnt” is rugged and harsh, … [Read More]

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olafur arnalds piano love

You may find it surprising that longtime composer Ólafur Arnalds himself has limitations when it comes to the piano. As Arnalds explains during the Montreux Jazz Festival, you won’t be hearing him play traditional works anytime soon.

Arnalds, shares a … [Read More]

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apple olafur arnalds

Perhaps his most “Apple” piece ever, composer Ólafur Arnalds composes a very simple but candid ex post facto for Apple’s latest commercial.

The piece captures an essence of “the moment” as it plays over the music of videographers using iPhones … [Read More]

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Olafur Arnalds Say My Name

Making the rounds across classical arrangements searches on youtube comes this late 2013 gem featuring composer Ólafur Arnalds alongside singer-songwriter Douglas Dare, Icelandic metal band Agent Fresco’s Arnór Dan, violinist Björk Óskarsdóttir and cellist Hallgrímur Jensson covering Destiny’s Child’s Grammy … [Read More]

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amadeus leopold twitter

Unlike the newsfeeds of Facebook and Instagram, the Twitter feed ecosphere is a wild wild west of rambles and practically past the threshold of sortable information.  Even worst for classical music, most of the genre’s related twitter accounts are often … [Read More]

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mercury classics

Winner: Mercury Classics

Runner-up: Bedroom Community

Its been another trying year for classical music but don’t tell that to the indie and major labels supporting the medium.  From shifting their focus/financial backing to crowdsourced recordings (New Amsterdam), to pushing the … [Read More]

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best of 2014

The end of 2013 is upon us but with the new year comes a renewed sense of hope for the future of classical music and its varying sub-genres. Scouring through the upcoming news/rumors/press release babble, our editorial staff have chosen … [Read More]

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For Now I Am Winter

Those who are fans of neo-classical composer Ólafur Arnalds’ new album For Now I Am Winter will be in for an even bigger treat on the upcoming Fall leg of his North American tour dates as Icelandic band Agent Fresco’s … [Read More]

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Iceland Symphony Orchestra

As posted earlier, classical music will play a huge part in this year’s Iceland Airwaves Music Festival’s programming alongside acts Emiliana Torrini, Jon Hopkins, Kraftwerk and more. The festival opens with a huge blast-off Halloween performance from composer Max Richter … [Read More]

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Iceland Airwaves

Very rarely do classical music acts get as top billing as their indie and rock counterparts do at today’s biggest international music festivals.  Such is not the case with Iceland Airwaves, known as “the hippest long weekend on the annual … [Read More]

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