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Influence of buildings on musical tone

by Thrainn Hjalmarsson

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The album 'INFLUENCE OF BUILDINGS ON MUSICAL TONE' is a collection of five recent chamber works by Icelandic composer THRAINN HJALMARSSON, performed by five of Iceland’s most exciting new music performers/ensembles – CAPUT ensemble, Nordic Affect, Ensemble Adapter, Icelandic Flute Ensemble and Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir – five ensembles who are actively redefining what experimental and classical new music is in relation to our modern world.

Ranging from the quiet intimacy of the solo viola in 'PERSONA', the glacial gravitas of the 12- piece flute ensemble of 'GRISAILLE' - to the explosive dynamics of the title track – 'INFLUENCE OF BUILDINGS ON MUSICAL TONE' - an homage to the extreme acoustics of traditional Icelandic turf houses.

Hjalmarsson is known for his detailed and finely woven sound world, where the act of listening plays a vital role. Here, the perception of sound is ever transforming, revealing an otherwise obfuscated narrative, unfolding in time.

Critics describe Hjalmarsson's music as “Fascinating and enchanting!”, “beautifully made [and] delicate”. In his music, the act of listening plays a vital role, where the perception of sound is ever transforming, revealing an obfuscated narrative, unfolding in time.

Hjalmarsson's music has been performed worldwide on various occasions by performers, orchestras and ensembles such as Basel Sinfonietta, Vertixe Sonora, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Uusinta ensemble, Athelas sinfonietta, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir, Klang Ensemble, Ensemble Adaper and Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra to name a few.

Composer Thrainn Hjalmarsson (b. 1987) studied composition at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and at the Royal Conservatoire Den Haag from 2009-2011. A current member of the Icelandic composer’s collective S.L.Á.T.U.R and curator of the contemporary music concert series, Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) at Hafnarborg - Centre of Culture and Fine Art.

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released September 7, 2018

Financial supporters of this release: Hljóðritasjóður STEF and Tónlistarsjóður.
Financial supporters of the commissions: Tónskáldasjóður RÚV, Tónskáldasjóður 365 and Iceland artists’ salary fund.

Photos: © Brynjar Sigurðarson & Veronika Sedlmeir (Studio Brynjar & Veronika)
Portrait photo: © Laufey Jakobsdóttir.
Cover design: Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson

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