Episode #3161

Iceland via Lincoln Center

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

When Icelandic art-rock band Sigur Rós (sometimes falling into classical or minimalist camps, sometimes labeled post-rock, but always ethereal) was on a short hiatus, their members were 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 [4]

New Sounds Asst.

@k, Sorry for the delay. Our staff of one (me) was on vacation.
@Dan, no. No downloads of this concert are available, since we weren't able to obtain the many music rights clearances necessary to offer it for download.

May. 01 2012 12:43 PM

Loved this...would love to love this again...what's taking so long to
have a listen option?

Apr. 29 2012 07:59 PM
DonaldS from Bayonne, NJ

Beautiful stuff.

Apr. 26 2012 12:46 AM

Is there a way to download this?

Apr. 26 2012 12:19 AM

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