Episode #3161

Iceland via Lincoln Center

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

While Icelandic art-rock band Sigur Rós (sometimes falling into classical or minimalist camps, sometimes labeled post-rock, but always ethereal) has been on hiatus since early 2010, their members have been busy, either spending time with their babies or presenting world premieres.  On November 15, 2010, John Schaefer was on location at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle near Lincoln Center for the White Light Festival where Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur Rós multi-instrumentalist) and Jónsi Birgisson (voice of Sigur Rós) presented new works.  For this New Sounds, we’ll sample some of these live performances. 

Hear “Credo” by Kjartan Sveinsson, which called for “more than a four member chamber ensemble,” in this case members of the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra led by Jeffrey Milarsky.  Also, we’ll hear music from Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi Birgisson and his partner, Alex Somers, from their 2009 collaboration “Riceboy Sleeps,” in which acoustic instruments are digitally manipulated and then meshed with electronics. These tunes from Jónsi and Alex were transcribed and arranged by David Handler and performed live in their world premieres.

PROGRAM #        3161, Iceland via Lincoln Center White Light Festival  (First aired on 1-20-11)                       





Sigur Rós

Ágætis Byrjun

Starálfur [5:46]

Fat Cat #11 ** *

Latvian National Choir, Wordless Music Orchestra, cond. by  Jeffrey Milarsky

Live from White Light Festival, Nov. 15, 2010

Kjartan Sveinsson: Credo [19:50]

This performance not commercially available.

Jónsi & Alex

Riceboy Sleeps

Sleeping Giant, excerpt [3:00]
Boy 1904, excerpt [4:00]

XL 447

Jónsi & Alex, Latvian National Choir, Wordless Music Orchestra, cond. by Jeffrey Milarsky

Live from White Light Festival, Nov. 15, 2010

Riceboy Sleeps : Daniell In The Sea, Atlas Song, [12:00]

This performance not commercially available. These works do appear on the release, “Riceboy Sleeps,” on XL 447

Comments [3]


exquisite and nearly breathless. As if one were listening through the keyhole of science to the musical formulation of frost crystals.

Jan. 21 2011 12:06 AM

Bertil - tell us more of Kuala Lumpur. It's a bit incredible and wonderful thinking of you listening to WNYC half a world away!

Jan. 21 2011 12:01 AM
Bertil from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


arrived in Kuala Lumpur a couple of days ago and thought of getting my daily dose of New Sounds and, man, hearing Icelandic minimalist music while while sweating through a hot local fish dish is surreal...great stuff...the show takes on even more meaning when you are on traveling foot around the globe..cheers! Bertil

Jan. 20 2011 11:21 PM

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