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Perspicere (2018) for Baroque Ensemble

Performed by Nordic Affect
Sumartónleikar í Skálholtskirkju
Recorded by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

Inblástur þessa verks á rætur að rekja til upplifunar á landslagi í þoku þar sem jörð og himinn virðast sameinast í eina samfellda heild. Í flutningi á þessari upplifun yfir í tónlist, skapaði ég hljóðheim með tónblæ sem þróast frá reglulegum hljóðum yfir í óregluleg og spegla þannig hin þokukenndu skil himins og jarðar.

The inspiration of this work came from a view of a landscape through fog which blurred the horizon so that the land seemed to vanish into air. In my translation of the landscape to music, I focused on different layers of timbre that moved from sound to noise in order to express the undefined landforms.

Samið með styrk frá Tónskáldasjóði RÚV/STEFS
Composition supported by RÚV/STEF Composer's Fund

The score is available on Iceland Music Information Centre                                                                                                                              
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Sceadu (2018) for Violin and Chamber Orchestra

Performed by Una Sveinbjarnardóttir and Caput Ensemble
Conducted by Guðni Franzson
Recorded by Stúdíó Sýrland.

"Sceadu er hluti af rannsókn minni á landslagi og yfirfærslu þess í tónmál. Þungamiðja verksins er sambandið milli tveggja sjónarhorna á landslagið, milli fjarlægðar og nálægðar. Þessi tvö sjónarhorn endurspeglast í tónlistinni í tveimur aðskildum hlutverkum; einleiksfiðlan túlkar nálægðina en kammersveitin fjarlægðina í landslaginu."

The score is available on Iceland Music Information Centre                                                                                                                              
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Rift (2017) for Orchestra

Performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Daníel Bjarnason
Recorded by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

Rift is the mapping of Búrfellsgjá’s landscape, and I re-imagined the eruption of Búrfell, which occurred around 8000 years ago. The work starts from the caldera making its way to the descending lava channels, which fuse together into a large river of lava, then filters into streams which run all the way into the sea.

Through a combination of imagination and fieldwork, I collected data which evolved into compositional ideas. Landforms became the main structure of the piece, remanence of the flowing lava visible today, sculpted with the passing of time, affected the amplitude as well as the spectra. The numerous fissures created new events, the ever changing colours of the land had an impact on the timbre, and smaller details were expressed with different extended techniques.

The score is available on Iceland Music Information Centre                                                                                                                              
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This work was composed as part of "Yrkja" a collaboration between the Iceland Music Information Centre and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, under the mentorship of Daníel Bjarnason. The workshop provides emerging composers with the opportunity to work closely with the players of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in composing an orchestral score and preparing for performance. The work's premiere is in January 2018, by the I.S.O., conducted by Daníel Bjarnason 

Fell (2017) for Ensemble

Performed by Caput Ensemble
Conductor: Guðni Franzson
Recorded by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

“Landscape is the work of the mind. Its scenery is built up as much from strata of memory as from layers of rock.” Simon Schama

Fell is an interpretation of the landscape of Önundarfjörður’s region. Mountains and valleys became the core of the work, in parallel with snow patterns, textures, and colours which grew into music parameters. These components guided me through the process of mapping a landscape into musical notation, combining movements and stillness with the memory of a landscape.

The score is available on Iceland Music Information Centre                                                                                                                              
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Umbra (2016) for Orchestra and Piano

Performed by the Sinfóníuhljómsveit áhugamanna, Iceland
Conductor: Oliver Kentish
Recorded by Magnús Bergsson

'Umbra' is an interpretation of the movement of shadows on mountains. Light versus shadow, the known versus the unknown. // 'Umbra' er túlkun á hreyfingum skugga í fjallendi. Ljósi er teflt gegn skuggum, líkt og hinu þekkta gegn hinu óþekkta.


Minning um himinn (2015) 
Release 25. May 2015, Moderna Records: http://modernarecords.com/
Video by Bertrand Sallé

Composed and produced by Veronique Vaka
Recorded by Paul Evans at the Greenhouse Studios
Additional production and engineering by Alex Somers
Performed by: Veronique Vaka: cello and voices, Karl James Pestka, Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir and Sólrún Gunnarsdóttir: violins, Unnur Jónsdóttir: cello. Magnús Pálsson: clarinet. Maria Jönsson: bass flute, Alex Somers: additional instruments
Mixed by Alex Somers
Mastered by Paul Evans


Marée haute (2014) for Harp and Percussion

Performed by Duo Harpverk, Iceland
Frank Aarnink and Katie Buckley
Recorded by Ríkharður H. Fridriksson


Tveir heimar (2013) for String Orchestra

Performed by the Sinfóníuhljómsveit áhugamanna, Iceland
Conductor: Oliver Kentish
Recorded by Magnús Bergsson


Himinn (2013) for Ensemble

Performed by Ensemble Paramirabo, Canada
Jefferey Stonehouse, Flute. François Gagné, Clarinet. Gabrielle Gingras, piano. Geneviève Liboiron, Violon. Viviane Gosselin, Violoncello.
Recorded by Charles-Étienne Doucet