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Grisaille – a method of painting in gray monochrome, typically to imitate sculpture.

Written for the Icelandic flute ensemble in 2015.

Featured in the video work relief by Sigurður Guðjónsson and Þráinn Hjálmarsson.


from Influence of buildings on musical tone, track released September 7, 2018
The Icelandic flute ensemble:
Consisting of fourteen professional players connected to almost every branch of Icelandic music scene, the IFE has since its establishment in 2003 mainly focused on performing contemporary music, commissioning new works and collaborating with various musicians and composers.

Berglind Stefánsdóttir, flute
Björn Davíð Kristjánsson, flute
Dagný Marínósdóttir, flute
Emilía Rós Sigfúsdóttir, flute
Jón Guðmundsson, flute
Kristrún Helga Björnsdóttir, flute
Karen Erla Karólínudóttir, flute
Margrét Stefánsdóttir, flute
Maria Cederborg, flute
Petrea Óskarsdóttir, flute
Sólveig Magnúsdóttir, flute
Þuríður Jónsdóttir, flute

Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir, conductor

Recorded at Guðríðarkirkja, Reykjavík, 23rd of May 2015.
Recording: Georg Magnússon.
Tonmeister: Þráinn Hjálmarsson.
Mixing & Mastering: Albert Finnbogason.


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Thrainn Hjalmarsson Iceland

Composer, curator and tutor - Hjálmarsson 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. ... more

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