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New Concerts and Icelandic Album Releases

The Langholtskirkja Church Choir will perform compositions by Arvo Pärt, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo and Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson in a concert at the church, Sólheimar 13-15, 104 Reykjavík, tomorrow at 8 pm.


Langholtskirkja. Photo source:

Among compositions is Gjeilo’s “Sanctus”, “an emotional and powerful piece where a dream-like melody and forceful notes in the ‘Hosanna’ motif unifies the piece,” a press release describes (click here to watch a video of the song’s performance).

Born in 1978, Gjeilo is a young Norwegian composer and pianist who graduated from the Juilliard School in New York. His works have been performed the world over.

The choir is comprised of 32 singers and the conductor is Jón Stefánsson. Tickets are sold at the entrance and cost ISK 2,000 (USD 17, EUR 13), ISK 1,500 (USD 113, EUR 9) for students and children receive free admission.

The popular concert series “Coffee, Cakes and Rock ‘n Roll”, or the “sober” concert series, continues on Tuesday from 8 to 10 pm at Efstaleiti 7 in Reykjavík. This time the musicians Lára and Rúnar Þórisson will perform.


Lára. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Acclaimed Icelandic singer-songwriter Ólöf Arnalds will perform in St. Pancras Old Church in central London November 24-25 where Snorri Helgason, another celebrated young soloist from Iceland, will warm up the crowd.

Helgason has toured widely in past weeks, including at The Troubadour in London and Neumos in Seattle. He just released a new single, “Mockingbird”, from his sophomore album Winter Sun.

Click here to watch a video of the song made for the American radio station KEXP; a video to the song made by Italian artist Elisa Vendramin will premiere in mid-December.

As for other concerts, Kristjana Stefáns and Svavar Knútur will perform songs from their new album Glæður, which contains 14 mellow duets, three of which are self-composed, at the Culture House in Reykjavík on December 2 at 8 pm.

In other music news, the band Nolo, Ívar Björnsson and Jón Lorange, have released their first LP, Nology, with Kimi Records and the album is both available in local stores and on

Their EP No-Lo-Fi was praised by critics and earned the respected Kraum Award as well as a nomination for the Nordic Music Awards.

Meanwhile, a music video by The Nicers for the song “FF ekki CC” by Benni Hemm Hemm premiered online yesterday. The song is a track on the album Skot, which was recently released on Kimi Records.

The Nicers are: Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason, Sindri Már Sigfússon, Máni Sigfússon, Árni Vilhjálmsson and others. Click here to watch the video.


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