May
5
9:00 pm21:00

Lemur in Mengi

An evening of improvised music with Lemur from Norway. My part in it was to do a bass flute duo with Björnar Habbestad of Lemur in Mengi. You can watch it here.

 Event on FB.

Apr
30
3:00 pm15:00

Experimental Music for Children

  • Mengi

Experimental Music for Children.

Music of the world / The experimental field of children.
Concert at Mengi at Reykjavík Children Culture's Festival.
Starts at 3pm.
Free entrance.

The American composer John Cage and his ideas on how everything is music, if we listen to the world around us, is at the forefront at a concert held at Mengi on Reykjavík Children Culture's Festival.

Directed and performed by Berglind María Tómasdóttir, flutist and composer and Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir, pianist and composer in collaboration with Mengi.

Program:

- John Cage: 'Variations II'
- Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir: 'A piece for Hulda'
- Pauline Oliveros: 'Tuning Meditation'
- Ragnheiður Erla: 'Þegar öllu er á botninn hvolft '
- John Cage: 4’33
- Berglind Tómasdóttir: Keeping Up With the Kattharsians*

*With Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir og Ragnheiður Elísabet

Event on Facebook.

Apr
29
9:00 pm21:00

Lokkurinn og Huldan

  • Mengi

Music for Hulda (an instrument by Lilja Ásmundsdóttir) and Lokkur.

Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir and Berglind María Tómasdóttir will perform pieces written for the instruments Lokkur and Hulda. Among the pieces that will be performed are new compositions by Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir, Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir, Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir, Berglind María Tómasdóttir and Stefán Ólafur Ólafsson.

Hulda is a string instrument that produces both sound and light. The instrument has built in lights so when it’s played the surroundings are filled with sounds, patterns and colours that are constantly changing. Lilja María received a grant from the Icelandic Student Innovation Fund last summer to develop the instrument under the supervision of Berglind María and Jón Marinó Jónsson, violin maker. The project was nominated for The President’s Innovation Award.

Lokkur is an instrument which can be described as a hybrid of the Icelandic musical instrument Langspil and a spinning wheel. Berglind María made the instrument in collaboration with Jón Marinó Jónsson and Auður Alfífa Ketilsdóttir.

The visual world of the concert is an installation made out of material that is affected by the lights of Hulda in different ways. The installation is meant to portray the whole inner life of the human being, everything that’s hidden and intangible. The installation is therefore, both a contemplation on the name of the instrument; Hulda, or something that’s hidden, and a visual representation of the inner life of the human being; emotions, thoughts and memories. Hulda moves around the space and slowly different perspectives of this imaginary landscape of the inner life of the human being is revealed.
 

Event on Facebook.

Mar
23
4:00 pm16:00

Berglind Tómasdóttir -- flute

  • Brunell University London

Berglind Tómasdóttir (Iceland Academy of the Arts) presents her work and performs pieces by Carolyn Chen, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir and Scott Worthington.

Further information here.

 

Mar
9
8:00 pm20:00

Brian Griffeath-Loeb and more

  • Mengi

Verk eftir Brian Griffeath-Loeb, Paula Matthusen, John Cage, Christian Wolff, Steve Reich og nemendur úr Listaháskóla Íslands.

Ásamt nemendum úr LHÍ og fleirum.

Viðburður á Facebook.

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Works by Brian Griffeath-Loeb, Paula Matthusen, Christian Wolff, John Cage, Steve Reich and students from the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

With student from the Iceland Academy of the Arts and others.

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Mar
2
Mar 4

Variations II at Hugarflug

Berglind Tómasdóttir and Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir perform Variations II by John Cage at Hugarflug: an annual conference on artistic research organised by the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Hugarflug

Feb
17
8:00 pm20:00

Flauta og hljóð // Flute and Noise

  • Eskifjarðarkirkja

Verk eftir Nicholas Deyoe, Scott Worthington, Önnu Þorvaldsdóttur, Erik DeLuca, Clint McCallum, Berglind Tómasdóttur og fleiri. 

Sérlegur gestur: Erik DeLuca.

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Works by Nicholas Deyoe, Scott Worthington, Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Erik DeLuca, Clint McCallum, Berglind Tómasdóttir and others.

Special guest: Erik DeLuca.

Feb
16
8:00 pm20:00

Flauta og hljóð//Flute and Noise

  • Herðubreið

Verk eftir Nicholas Deyoe, Scott Worthington, Önnu Þorvaldsdóttur, Erik DeLuca, Clint McCallum, Berglind Tómasdóttur og fleiri. 

Sérlegur gestur: Erik DeLuca.

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Works by Nicholas Deyoe, Scott Worthington, Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Erik DeLuca, Clint McCallum, Berglind Tómasdóttir and others.

Special guest: Erik DeLuca.

Feb
11
9:00 pm21:00

Flauta og hljóð//Flute and noise

  • Mengi

FB event.

Concert with Berglind María Tómasdóttir. Starts at 9pm. House opens at 8:30pm. Tickets: 2000 ISK

The concerts consists of music for flutes; flute alone and many flutes. Most of them sound in real-time but some of them are prerecorded. A sine wave and noise in various forms also contribute to the show.

Program: 

Prelude: 
- Berglind María Tómasdóttir: Loft

- Nicholas Deyoe: things written in the snow: 2.beneath a fresh layer
- Scott Worthington: A Time That Is Also a Place
- Chaya Czernowin: Ina*
- Morton Feldman: Trio**
-Anna Þorvaldsdóttir: Ethereality
- Peter Ablinger: Flöte und Rauschen
-Clint McCallum: Bergzies world premiere

Berglind María Tómasdóttir flute, bass flute, piccolo.

*Recorded flutes: John Fonville
**Together with: Björg Brjánsdóttir and Hafdís Vigfúsdóttir.

About the works: 

Loft is the opener of a forthcoming album that features music for flute by me from 2015-’16. The piece was recorded and mixed by composer/performer Ólafur Björn Ólafsson. 

things written in the snow for bass flute and “a feedback-flirting amplifier” by Nicholas Deyoe was composed 2011-’12 and premiered in February 2012 at UC San Diego where both of us were studying at the time.

A Time That Is Also a Place by Scott Worthington var written for flutist Rachel Beetz. The tone material consists of 4 multiphonics played by the flutist and electronics.

Ina by Chaya Czernowin is a piece for bass flute and prerecorded flutes, here played by my old professor John Fonville. It was written in La Jolla, California in 1988.

Trio for flutes by Morton Feldman was composed in 1972 and, as far as I know, is having its Iceland premiere here. 

Ethereality for bass flute and electronics by Anna Thorvaldsdóttir was premiered at UC San Diego in Spring 2009 as a part of a show that featured compositions by Anna and composer Carolyn Chen. In March 2014 I played the piece in a concert at Reykjavík Art Museum (as well as Nicholas Deoye’s piece that is also on the program).  

I met Peter Ablinger at the Darmstadt Summer Academy in the summer of 2014 where I participated in his course Composition Beyond Music. Two years later he was in Iceland for Tectonics Festival where I played this short piece for flute and noise. The piece explores the tone D4, white noise and silence, and the juxtaposition between all of the above. Furthermore, this piece was a part of the show Cage for Kids in Mengi last year, featured in the Children’s Culture Festival.

Bergzies was composed early 2014. The intention was to perform it that year but somehow three years went by until its premiere which is taking place now. The title refers to my nick name although only used by two people in the world. 

BMT

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Tónleikar með Berglindi Maríu Tómasdóttur í Mengi laugardagskvöldið 11. febrúar. Hefjast klukkan 21.
Húsið verður opnað klukkan 20:30. Miðaverð: 2000 krónur. 

Á tónleikunum hljómar tónlist fyrir flautu; stundum eina, stundum fleiri, oftast í rauntíma en einnig heyrist í uppteknum flautum fyrri tíma. Á köflum hljómar líka sónn, suð og hávaði. 

Forleikur:
- Berglind María Tómasdóttir: Loft
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- Nicholas Deyoe: things written in the snow:2. beneath a fresh layer
- Scott Worthington: A Time That Is Also a Place
- Chaya Czernowin: Ina*
- Morton Feldman: Trio**
- Anna Þorvaldsdóttir: Ethereality
- Peter Ablinger: Flöte und Rauschen
- Clint McCallum: Bergzies frumflutningur

Berglind María Tómasdóttir flauta, bassaflauta, piccolo.

*Flautuleikur á hljóðrás: John Fonville
**Meðspilarar: Björg Brjánsdóttir og Hafdís Vigfúsdóttir.

Um verkin: 

Loft er prufukeyrsla hljóðverks af væntanlegri plötu sem inniheldur tónlist fyrir flautu eftir mig frá 2015-‘16. Loft er unnið í samvinnu við Ólaf Björn Ólafsson tónskáld og flytjanda. 

Verk Nicholas Deyoe var samið fyrir mig 2011-’12 og frumflutt í febrúar sama ár í Kaliforníuháskóla í San Diego (UCSD) þar sem við vorum bæði við nám. Það er fyrir bassaflautu, rödd og feedbackflörtandi magnara.

Verk Scott Worthington var frumflutt af flautuleikaranum Rachel Beetz. Tónefni flauturaddarinnar eru fjórir fjölradda tónar eða svokallaðir multiphonics en einnig kemur hljóðrás við sögu.

Verk Chayu Czernowin er fyrir bassaflautu og flautuhljóðrás sem minn gamli kennari John Fonville útbjó. Verkið var klárað í La Jolla í Kaliforníu árið 1988.

Tríó eftir Morton Feldman er frá árinu 1972 og heyrist hér, eftir því sem ég best veit, í fyrsta sinn á Íslandi þrátt fyrir að vera komið til ára sinna.

Verk Önnu Þorvaldsdóttur hljómaði fyrst á tónleikum í UCSD að vorlagi 2009, þá sem partur af prógrammi sem samanstóð af verkum Önnu og tónskáldsins Carolyn Chen. Ég flutti verkið aftur á tónleikum á vegum Jaðarbers í Hafnarhúsinu í mars 2014 (á sömu tónleikum var jafnframt verk Nicholas Deyoe sem einnig heyrist á tónleikunum hér). Verkið er fyrir bassaflautu og hljóðrás. 

Ég kynntist Peter Ablinger á Tónlistarhátíðinni í Darmstadt sumarið 2014 er ég sótti námskeiðið Composition Beyond Music sem hann leiddi. Tveimur árum síðar var hann svo gestur á Tectonics hátíðinni þar sem ég flutti þetta stutta verk eftir hann sem kannar skynjun okkar á tóninum d4, hvítu suði og þögn, og samspilinu þar á milli. Einnig lék ég þetta verk á tónleikum fyrir börn í Mengi á Barnamenningarhátíð 2016.

Clint McCallum samdi verkið Bergzies snemma árs 2014 og var meiningin að flytja það fyrr en einhverra hluta vegna hefur það dregist þar til nú. Titill verksins er gælunafn sem tvær manneskjur í heiminum ávarpa mig með.

BMT

Feb
3
9:00 pm21:00

Stephen Dorocke in Mengi

A concert with Stephen Dorocke at Mengi on Friday, February 3rd at 9pm. 
Special guests: Berglind María Tómasdóttir, flute-player and composer and Julian Thayer, double bassist.  
Tickets: 2000 ISK

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Dec
23
Dec 25

Þorláksmessa in Mengi

A Time That Is Also a Place by Scott Worthington performed in Mengi, as a part of a special event on December 23: Þorláksmessa. 

Oct
28
Oct 29

Cycle Music and Art Festival

Programme | Efnisskrá:

 

Carolyn Chen: Various text pieces 

Berglind Tómasdóttir: Floating 

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir: Sequences

Carolyn & Berglind: New work

Elena Rykova: Bat Jamming

Carolyn Chen: Relationships With Gravity

Ingi Garðar Erlendsson: S:I/V:II  (canon) 

 

 

 

Cycle Music And Art Festival

Aug
12
8:00 pm20:00

Flute Show 2.0 at Art Share L.A.

Berglind Tómasdóttir
The Flute Show 2.0
One voice. Many voices.

801 E. 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Parking is free during events directly across the street from ArtShare, up the ramp.

This concert features original compositions by Berglind Tómasdóttir for flutes and more.

Guest appearance: Bonnie Lander, Rachel Beetz and Leslie Leytham

Visuals: Berglind Tómasdóttir (Interior) and Anna María Bogadóttir (Grótta)

Special thanks: Ólafur Björn Ólafsson

Aug
6
9:00 pm21:00

Flute Show 2.0 in Mengi

Flute Show 2.0 by Berglind Tómasdóttir

for flutes and electronics

Guest appearance: Melkorka Ólafsdóttir

Visuals: Berglind Tómasdóttir (Interior) and Anna María Bogadóttir (Grótta)

Special thanks: Ólafur Björn Ólafsson

Further information here.

Mengi, Reykjavík.

Jul
2
4:00 pm16:00

Lokkur in Skálholt


The instrument lokkur is new, yet old; full of history yet deprived of it;  all depending on how you look at it. Berglind María plays works for lokkur by herself, Karólína Eiríksdóttir and Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir and others. Berglind María Tómasdóttir, lokkur Sigurður Halldórsson, sinfónn Skálholt  

May
22
8:00 pm20:00

Jaðarber Got hæfileikar

Do you love real talent? New music? And are you a fan of talent shows as well? Then you’re in the right place. In Jaðarber Got hæfileikar the amazing musicians Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir, Grímur Helgason and Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir will expose their true talent and compete amongst themselves. Throughout the competition they will show their skills by performing tender melodies, participating in ensemble playing and doing neat cover versions. Clearly, the best one will win, or more precisely: which one of them is the most holistic musician? The judges are all amazing people: Atli Ingólfsson, Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir and Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir.

Our host is the one and only Guðmundur Felixson

By Berglind Tómasdóttir

The event is a part of Reykjavík Arts Festival and supported by Yrkja.

Apr
29
9:00 pm21:00

Gunnar Andreas in Mengi

  • Mengi

A portrait concert with new and older pieces by Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson performed by Duo Harpverk, The Icelandic Flute Ensemble, clarinetist Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson and guitarist Svanur Vilbergsson. Video art by Valerij Lisac.

 

Further information here.

Apr
21
3:00 pm15:00

Cage fyrir krakka // Cage for Kids

A concert dedicated to the American pioneer John Cage. Children of all ages especially welcome. Led by Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Curver Thoroddsen and Lilja Ásmundsdóttir. Starts at 3pm. Free entrance.

Dagskrá/Program

John Cage - Svíta fyrir dótapíanó/Suite for Toy Piano (1948)
John Cage - Vatnsganga/Water Walk (1959 - video from the 1960 TV performance)
John Cage - Útvarpstónlist/Radio Music (1956)
Peter Ablinger - Flauta og suð/Flöte und Rauchen (1996)
John Cage - 4'33" (1952)
John Cage - Fontana Mix (1958) tilbrigði/variation: Berglind María, Curver & Lilja María (2016)

Feb
23
9:00 pm21:00

Ráma 2

Ráma 2, audience participation work, happened sort of secretly, at the Full Moon release event of the publishing group “Tunglid” on Monday Feb 22nd, with Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir and Einar Torfi Einarsson

Feb
19
12:00 pm12:00

Ráma

Premiere of the audience pariticipation work Ráma for “live” notation by Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir, Berglind María Tómasdóttir and Einar Torfi Einarsson at the arts research conference Hugarflug 2016, held by the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Friday Feb 19 at 12 pm in the Department of Fine Arts in Laugarnes Hugarflug 2016

Jan
23
9:00 pm21:00

The Flute Show

  • Mengi

More Mengi:

The Flute Show is all about flute. Which shouldn’t sound too surprising, given the background of Berglind Tómasdóttir who has been exploring the endless possibilities of the flute for a long time as well as working with elements of video art, theatre and music in her art making. Explorations of identity and archetypes can be found in her art where she also digs into music as a social phenomenon.

More info here.

Jan
22
9:00 pm21:00

Open Scores

  • Mengi

I'll be joining the awesome Rachel Beetz and Dustin Donahue in the Iceland premiere of Ryoanji by John Cage. Also on the program, more music performed by them, by Cage, Earle Brown, Scott Worthington and Rachel Beetz. Everything, except Imaginary Landscape is Iceland premiere. More info here.