A concert by two musicians by the name of Margrét Kristín will mark the beginning of this year’s Fuglabúrið (Bird Cage) concert series at Rósenberg in Reykjavík tonight, organized by FTT (the Icelandic Society of Authors and Composers), Rás 2 and Reykjavík Grapevine.
Magga Stína. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“We will perform our own material and songs by each other […], as well as songs by other musicians. These Bird Cage evenings are a little unpredictable, which is a lot of fun. I especially urge women who share our name to come and I hereby promise that they will get free admission,” Margrét Kristín Sigurðardóttir, aka Fabúla, told Fréttablaðið.
Fabúla and her namesake Margrét Kristín Blöndal, aka Magga Stína, weren’t acquainted until last year, when they gave a joint presentation on Ludwig van Beethoven as part of their composition studies at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, even though they lived in the same neighborhood in their youth.
“Maybe having the same name worked like an inverted magnet. Magga Stína and I are of a similar age, we both grew up in Vesturbær, went to the schools Melaskóli and Hagaskóli and even both studied music at Tónmenntaskóli Reykjavíkur […] but somehow we always missed each other,” Fabúla said.
But after the Beethoven project, they were eager to continue their collaboration. “It turned into a passionate pondering. One could say we fit together like licorice and marzipan [a beloved combination in Icelandic candy],” Fabúla concluded.