Dec
1
5:00 PM17:00

Verpa eggjum #2

Verpa eggjum - new concert series promoting new & experimental music will kick off in the Fall 2018 with three concerts. The concert series is in close collaboration with Mengi and LHÍ - Iceland University of the Arts.

The second concert will feature fluxus-inspired works by members of Skerpla: a new experimental music ensemble with students from Iceland University of the Arts lead by Berglind Tómasdóttir and Erik DeLuca.

Time (of day) and place: TBC

 

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Oct
26
12:45 PM12:45

Cycle and Iceland University of the Arts: Hringflauta / Circle Flute

A seminar on the Circle Flute - a flute by designers Brynjar and Veronika. The seminar is hosted by CRiM (Centre of Research in Music) at the Iceland University of the Arts in collaboration with Cycle.

Participants:
Brynjar Sigurðsson
Þráinn Hjálmarsson
Berglind María Tómasdóttir
Björg Brjánsdóttir
Melkorka Ólafsdóttir
Steinunn Vala Pálsdóttir
Thomas Pausz

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Oct
25
to Oct 28

Cycle: The Circle Flute

Lucky to be a part of the the flute team playing the circle flute at Cycle. Other flutists are: Björg Brjánsdóttir, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir and Steinunn Vala Pálsdóttir. And we are all members of viibra flute septet - check it out here.

At OPNUN Einungis Allir // Exclusively Inclusive at Cycle Festival a new opera by composer Þráinn Hjálmarsson for the instrument will be premiered by Sophie Fetokaki and flutists Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Björg Brjánsdóttir, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir and Steinunn Vala Pálsdóttir.

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Sep
21
9:00 PM21:00

Verpa eggjum #1

Verpa eggjum - new concert series promoting new & experimental music will kick off in the Fall 2018 with three concerts. The concert series is in close collaboration with Mengi and LHÍ - Iceland University of the Arts.

The first concert will feature works by Atli Heimir Sveinsson who turns 80 on this same day and Daniel Corral who will also be performing.

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Aug
28
to Sep 2

NAIP - Intensive Programme 2018

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A curated film evening and a workshop on  reflective practice and documentation presented and led by Berglind Tómasdóttir. A part of an intensive 10-day-long course for master's students at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, University of the Arts (Stockholm, Sweden), Hanze University (Groningen, the Netherlands), University of Music and Performing Arts (Vienna, Austria) and National University of Singapore (Singapore).

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Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Internal Human

Internal Human
Piece in four movements by Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir

Performers:
Inês Zinho Pinheiro
Mikael Máni Ásmundsson
Berglind María Tómasdóttir
Emily Eaton
Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir

The performance, Internal Human, will take place in the underground chamber at the Brunel Museum in London on the 15th of August 2018 at 7pm.

A piece in four movements by the artist and composer, Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir, will be premiered in collaboration with the performers Inês Zinho Pinheiro, Mikael Máni Ásmundsson, Berglind María Tómasdóttir and Emily Eaton. The piece explores interdisciplinary methods, intertwining music, visual arts, dance and theatrical elements.

Internal Human
I. Lurking Creature: for a sound sculpture, dancer and electronics
II. images never wholly perceived in reality: for electric guitar and electronics
III. Internal Human: for a piano frame and electronics
IV. and burn like the bird into eternity… : for bass flute and electronics

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Apr
27
9:00 PM21:00

COWs #6: Carolyn Chen

COWs concert series consists of three concerts that will take place in Mengi in Spring 2018. The concerts include music by composers Jennifer Walshe, Morton Feldman, Carolyn Chen amongst others.

The third concert in this season’s series will take place April 27, and features works by composer Carolyn Chen.

More information TBA soon.

Curator of COWs Concert Series: Berglind Tómasdóttir
COW Concert Series is supported by the Icelandic Music Fund.

Doors open at 8.30 PM - Tickets are 2.000 ISK.

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Apr
27
12:45 PM12:45

Fine Feathered Friends - Andrými

Duo recital with Carolyn Chen featuring works by us, anon and Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson.

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A part of concert series hosted by the Icelandic Flute Ensemble.

Flytjendur:
Berglind María Tómasdóttir, flauta
Carolyn Chen, guqin

Program:
Berglind Tómasdóttir: Bambaló
for flute

Höfundur óþekktur (e. Traditional): Lament at Changmen Palace
for guqin

Carolyn Chen/Berglind Tómasdóttir: Fine Feathered Friends
for guqin and flute

Carolyn Chen: Stomach of ravens (frumflutningur)
for flute

Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson: Oslóarræll
for flute

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Íslenski flautukórinn og Listasafn Íslands standa fyrir hádegistónleikaröð í Listasafni Íslands. Síðasta föstudag hvers mánaðar er boðið upp á fjölbreytta tónlist til þess að vinda ofan af vinnuvikunni og endurræsa skilningarvitin.
Aðgangur er ókeypis.

 

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Apr
12
9:00 PM21:00

Björk - Utopia Tour

Member of the one and only flute septet viibra.

Other musicians on stage (beside Björk of course): Katie Buckley harp, Bergur Þórisson electronics and Manu Delago percussion.

The Utopia Tour is the ongoing ninth concert tour by Icelandic musician Björk, centering on her 2017 studio album, Utopia. The tour kicked off with 2 special stage rehearsals on 9 and 12 April 2018 at the Háskólabío Theater in Iceland before touring the world.

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Apr
9
9:00 PM21:00

Björk - Utopia Tour

Member of the one and only flute septet viibra.

Other musicians on stage (beside Björk of course): Katie Buckley harp, Bergur Þórisson electronics and Manu Delago percussion.

The Utopia Tour is the ongoing ninth concert tour by Icelandic musician Björk, centering on her 2017 studio album, Utopia. The tour kicked off with 2 special stage rehearsals on 9 and 12 April 2018 at the Háskólabío Theater in Iceland before touring the world.

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Mar
22
to Mar 23

COWs 5: Morton Feldman: For Christian Wolff

COWs concert series consists of three concerts that will take place in Mengi in Spring 2018. The concerts include music by composers Jennifer Walshe, Morton Feldman, Carolyn Chen amongst others.

The second concert in this season’s series will take place on March 22, and features the Iceland premiere of For Christian Wolff (for flute and piano) by Morton Feldman performed by Berglind María Tómasdóttir and Mathias Halvorsen. Mats will be installed on the floor so the audience can enjoy a meditative moment while listening to the two-hour-long work.

The last concert will take place on April 27 and is dedicated to music by Carolyn Chen performed by the composer, Erik DeLuca, Einar Torfi Einarsson and others. More information TBA soon.

Curator of COWs Concert Series: Berglind Tómasdóttir
COW Concert Series is supported by the Icelandic Music Fund.

Doors open at 8.30 PM - Tickets are 2.000 ISK.

Um flytjendur / About the performers:

Berglind Tómasdóttir is a flutist and interdisciplinary artist living in Reykjavík, Iceland. In her work she frequently explores identity and archetypes, as well as music as a social phenomenon.
An advocate of new music, Berglind has worked with composers such as Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Peter Ablinger, Evan Ziporyn, Nicholas Deyoe, Clinton McCallum and Carolyn Chen, and received commissions from The Dark Music Days Festival and The National Flute Association. Her work has been featured at Reykjavík Arts Festival, Nordic Music Days, Cycle Music and Art Festival, MSPS New Music Festival (LA), REDCAT (CA) and CMMAS in Morelia, Mexico to name a few.
Berglind Tómasdóttir holds degrees in flute playing from Reykjavik College of Music and The Royal Danish Music Conservatory in Copenhagen and a DMA in contemporary music performance from University of California, San Diego. 
Berglind is an associate professor in contemporary music performance at the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Mathias Halvorsen lives Reykjavik with his girlfriend and his little son. He performs regularly in lots of weird places, doing anything from chamber music and solo concerts to composition and exciting genre defying projects. From 2018 to 2020 Mathias is a member of the german fellowship program BeBeethoven. An overview over current projects can be found at www.mathiashalvorsen.com 
He studied with prof. Jiri Hlinka (2006-2010) in Oslo and with prof. Gerald Fauth (2011 - 2013) in Leipzig. In 2008 he founded the Podium festival in Haugesund together with flutist Guro Pettersen. The festival was held for the 10th time in 2017. In 2009 he discovered the manuscript of piano concerto no. 5 by the Norwegian composer Halfdan Cleve at the National Library in Oslo and performed it with the Lithuania State Symphony and conductor Gintaras Rinkevicius. Since 2010 he has been performing concerts in complete darkness as a founding member of the critically acclaimed trio LightsOut.
The last years Mathias has performed regularly alongside Peaches in the duo show Peaches Christ Superstar. The production has visited many festivals such as Theater der Welt in Mannheim and Yoko Ono's Meltdown in London. He has also done several dance and theatre pieces with director and choreographer Laurent Chetouane. One of these, the comedy 'Den Stundesløse' featured Mathias' acting debut at the National Theatre in Oslo, Norway. 
In 2017 Mathias premiered his first opera Dracula, commissioned and performed by the Haugesund Chamber Opera. 
Recently Mathias has performed at festivals such as Brighton Festival, Mofo (Tazmania), Everybody's Spectacular (Reykjavik), Podium Festival Esslingen, Portland Chamber Music Festival and venues like the Münchner Kammerspiele, Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens), Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre), Kampnagel (Hamburg) and La Commune (Paris).

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Tónleikaröðin COWs samanstendur af þrennum tónleikum sem fara fram á vormisseri 2018 í Mengi. Á tónleikunum verður flutt tilraunakennd tónlist af ýmsum toga eftir tónskáldin Jennifer Walshe, Morton Feldman, Carolyn Chen auk fleiri.

Aðrir tónleikarnir í COWs-tónleikaröðinni fara fram 22. mars er verkið For Christian Wolff eftir Morton Feldman verður flutt í fyrsta sinn á Íslandi. Verkið er um tvær klukkustundir að lengd og um flutning sjá Berglind María Tómasdóttir flautuleikari og Mathias Halvorsen píanóleikari. 

Komið verður fyrir dýnum í rökkvuðu rýminu og er gestum velkomið að leggjast niður og njóta þannig hugleiðslukenndrar tónlistarinnar. 

Lokatónleikar raðarinnar fara fram 27. apríl en þá verða verk eftir Carolyn Chen flutt, af henni sjálfri, Berglindi Tómasdóttur, Erik DeLuca, Einari Torfa Einarssyni og fleirum. Nánari efnisskrá verður tilkynnt síðar.

Listræn stjórnun COWs: Berglind María Tómasdóttir
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Mar
7
9:00 PM21:00

COWs #4: Jennifer Walshe & Others

COWs concert series consists of three concerts that will take place in Mengi in Spring 2018. The concerts include music by composers Jennifer Walshe, Morton Feldman, Carolyn Chen amongst others.

The first concert on March 7 features works that take place in-between music, theater and performance art by Jennifer Walshe, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Einar Torfi Einarsson, Birgit Djupedal, Valentin Valle Domring, María Sól Ingólfsdóttir, Berglind María Tómasdóttir and Erik DeLuca, performed by students and staff at the Iceland University of the Arts. The second concert March 22, features the Iceland premiere of For Christian Wolff (for flute and piano) by Morton Feldman performed by Berglind María Tómasdóttir and Mathias Halvorsen. The last concert will take place on April 27 and is dedicated to music by Carolyn Chen. 

Performers March 7:
Birgit Djupedal, Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Einar Torfi Einarsson, Erik DeLuca, Örvar Erling Árnason, Pétur Eggertsson, María Sól Ingólfsdóttir, Valentin Valle Domring, Sigurður Einarsson, Snæfríður María Björnsdóttir, Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir, Andrés Þór Þorvarðarson, Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi, Sigurlaug Björnsdóttir and Þorbjörg Daphne Hall.

PROGRAM:

Berglind María Tómasdóttir: A Piece for Potato Chips, Carrots and Watered Voices
Performed by everyone present.

Birgit Djupedal: Oppressor vs. oppressed
Performed by Andrés Þór Þorvarðarson and Snæfríður María Björnsdóttir.

María Sól Ingólfsdóttir: æ/ae
Performed by Berglind María Tómasdóttir and Sigurlaug Björnsdóttir.

Birgit Djupedal: Hønsestrikk
Performed by Birgit Djupedal, Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Einar Torfi Einarsson, Örvar Erling Árnason, Pétur Eggertsson, María Sól Ingólfsdóttir, Valentin Valle Domring, Sigurður Einarsson, Snæfríður María Björnsdóttir, Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir, Andrés Þór Þorvarðarson, Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi and Sigurlaug Björnsdóttir.

Sigurður Guðmundsson: While I listened to music by Edvard Grieg I shot ten arrows into the Sky
Performed by Erik DeLuca

Valentin Valle Domring: Colour Music
Performed by Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Birgit Djupedal, Örvar Erling Árnason, Valentin Valle Domring and Sigurður Einarsson.

Einar Torfi Einarsson: Pencil Piece I: Music is What Music Doesn't // Eraser Piece II: Sous Rature - Reframing Mohr and Linearity (again) 
Performed by Berglind María Tómasdóttir and Einar Torfi Einarsson. 

Birgit Djupedal: Oppressor vs. oppressed
Performed by Andrés Þór Þorvarðarson and Snæfríður María Björnsdóttir.

Jennifer Walshe: Zusammen i
Performed by Birgit Djupedal, Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Einar Torfi Einarsson, Erik DeLuca, Örvar Erling Árnason, Pétur Eggertsson, María Sól Ingólfsdóttir, Valentin Valle Domring, Sigurður Einarsson, Snæfríður María Björnsdóttir, Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir, Andrés Þór Þorvarðarson, Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi, Sigurlaug Björnsdóttir and Þorbjörg Daphne Hall.

Curator of COWs Concert Series: Berglind Tómasdóttir
COW Concert Series is supported by the Icelandic Music Fund.

Doors at 8.30pm - Tickets 2.000 kr.

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COWs #4: Jennifer Walshe og fleiri

Tónleikaröðin COWs samanstendur af þrennum tónleikum sem fara fram á vormisseri 2018 í Mengi. Á tónleikunum verður flutt tilraunakennd tónlist af ýmsum toga eftir tónskáldin Jennifer Walshe, Morton Feldman, Carolyn Chen auk fleiri.

Á fyrstu tónleikunum verða flutt verk sem eiga það sameiginlegt að vera á mörkum tónlistar, leikhúss og myndlistar. Tónleikarnir eru í samstarfi við Listaháskóla Íslands en hluti flytjenda stundar nám við tónlistardeild Listaháskóla Íslands, aðrir starfa og kenna við sömu deild. Höfundar á efnisskrá eru Jennifer Walshe, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Einar Torfi Einarsson, Birgit Djupedal, Valentin Valle Domring, María Sól Ingólfsdóttir, Berglind María Tómasdóttir og Erik DeLuca. 22. mars er röðin komin að Morton Feldman er verkið For Christian Wolff fyrir flautu og píanó verður flutt. Verkið er um tvær klukkustundir að lengd og um flutning sjá Berglind María Tómasdóttir og Mathias Halvorsen. Botninn í röðina slær bandaríska tónskáldið Carolyn Chen með tónleikum 27. apríl. Nánari efnisskrá verður tilkynnt síðar.

Flytjendur á tónleikunum 7. mars
Birgit Djupedal, Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Einar Torfi Einarsson, Erik DeLuca, Örvar Erling Árnason, Pétur Eggertsson, María Sól Ingólfsdóttir, Valentin Valle Domring, Sigurður Einarsson, Snæfríður María Björnsdóttir, Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir, Andrés Þór Þorvarðarson, Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi, Sigurlaug Björnsdóttir og Þorbjörg Daphne Hall.

EFNISSKRÁ:
Berglind María Tómasdóttir: A Piece for Potato Chips, Carrots and Watered Voices
Flutt af öllum viðstöddum.

Birgit Djupedal: Oppressor vs. oppressed
Flytjendur: Andrés Þór Þorvarðarson og Snæfríður María Björnsdóttir.

María Sól Ingólfsdóttir: æ/ae
Flytjendur: Berglind María Tómasdóttir og Sigurlaug Björnsdóttir.

Birgit Djupedal: Hønsestrikk
Flytjendur: Birgit Djupedal, Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Einar Torfi Einarsson, Örvar Erling Árnason, Pétur Eggertsson, María Sól Ingólfsdóttir, Valentin Valle Domring, Sigurður Einarsson, Snæfríður María Björnsdóttir, Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir, Andrés Þór Þorvarðarson, Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi og Sigurlaug Björnsdóttir.

Sigurður Guðmundsson: While I listened to music by Edvard Grieg I shot ten arrows into the Sky
Flytjandi: Erik DeLuca

Valentin Valle Domring: Colour Music
Flytjendur: Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Birgit Djupedal, Örvar Erling Árnason, Valentin Valle Domring og Sigurður Einarsson.

Einar Torfi Einarsson: Pencil Piece I: Music is What Music Doesn't // Eraser Piece II: Sous Rature - Reframing Mohr and Linearity (again) 
Flytjendur: Berglind María Tómasdóttir og Einar Torfi Einarsson. 

Jennifer Walshe: Zusammen i
Flytjendur: Birgit Djupedal, Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Einar Torfi Einarsson, Erik DeLuca, Örvar Erling Árnason, Pétur Eggertsson, María Sól Ingólfsdóttir, Valentin Valle Domring, Sigurður Einarsson, Snæfríður María Björnsdóttir, Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir, Andrés Þór Þorvarðarson, Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi, Sigurlaug Björnsdóttir og Þorbjörg Daphne Hall.


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Feb
22
11:30 AM11:30

Reflective Conservatoire Conference

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Reflective Conservatoire Conference 2018

Artists as Citizens --Tuesday 20 - Friday 23 February 2018

I will be giving a talk on Musicianship beyond music: cross-art collaboration in higher arts education - a presentation on work in progress from the two-year Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership NAIP: Training Artists Without Borders (2016-2018).

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Feb
9
10:30 AM10:30

Hugarflug - Music Beyond Music

A lecture and a performance under the umbrella Music Beyond Music. Featuring a performance of Zusammen i by Jennifer Walshe - with students at the Iceland University of the Arts and Anthony Burr.

Hugarflug is an annual conference on research within the arts hosted by the University of the Arts. Furhter information here.

Abstract for my lecture:

Physicality as subject as well as visual presentation are becoming increasingly important in new music. More and more composers, performers, ensembles and institutions are focusing on work where interdisciplinary practices are in the foreground. In a text written for the Borealis Festival recently composer/performer Jennifer Walshe named her working methods the new discipline, referring to components such as physicality, theatricality and visual aspects as equally important as the sonic one. She consciously uses the word discipline because of its dual meaning: discipline referring to the practice as such, but also because we — the musicians — simply need to become more disciplined about our interdisciplinary approaches. We should take them more seriously.
There is nothing new about the new discipline. Throughout the 20th Century there have been many artistic waves and movements that have embraced cross art collaboration and approaches, such as Dada, Fluxus and experimental music (Cage and beyond). Yet when it comes to the classical music world, both the world of professional classical musicians and the classical conservatory training, musicians are reluctant to deal with the fact that we are actually bodies in space.
How does it affect the audience’s experience to attend a concert in a trailer, as opposed to a traditional concert hall? Does a small space make the audience feel more inclusive? How can we transfer our musical skills to other performative practices leaving our instrumental expertise aside, even just for a while? How can we blur the hierarchical boundaries found within classical music and make the audience and the performers feel more inclusive? These are examples of questions the will be addressed in the presentation.

 

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Jan
25
10:00 PM22:00

After Still Park

EFNISSKRÁ // PROGRAM

Erik DeLuca - With Ashikawa and Friends (2018) 10’
Frumflutningur / Premiere

Satoshi Ashikawa - Still Park (1981) 12'

Jesper Pedersen - Tethys (2018) 12'
Frumflutningur / Premiere

Flytjendur / performers:

Katie Buckley & Elísabet Waage: Hörpur / harps

Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir & Snorri Sigfús Birgisson: Píanó / pianos

Frank Aarnink & Matt Evans: Víbrófónar og slagverk / vibraphone and percussion

With:

Friend Choir:
Anna Signý Sæmundsdóttir: Flauta / flute
Berglind María Tómasdóttir: Flauta / flute
Erik DeLuca: Gítar / guitar
Alison MacNeil: Gítar / guitar
Jesper Pedersen: Hljóðgervill / synthesizer

 

A part of Dark Music Days

 

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Dec
6
9:00 PM21:00

COW #3 John Cage

COW concert series consists of three concerts that will take place in Mengi in Fall 2017. The concerts include music by American composers John Cage, Pauline Oliveros and Christian Wolff who all are pioneers within experimental music and have generated new ways of approaches and performance practices within western music. 

December 6 will be dedicated to the music of John Cage, October 11 to Christian Wolff and September 13 is dedicated to Pauline Oliveros.

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