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Ólafur Arnalds | Casa da Música (Porto)

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The music from Ólafur Arnalds is soft and fragile. The mere act of breathing can feel like an intrusion. Like a dream of soundscapes, the music floats ghostly from the stage: two semi-generative self-playing pianos developed by Ólafur and his team, a string quartet and the occasional rush of percussion, all suspended on a sublimely tender blue light show.

Arnalds is incredibly warm and engaging. He picks up the microphone with his hands to speak and his humility shines through.

The evening ended with Lag Fyrir Ömmu (Song For Grandma) a song he wrote upon her passing, followed by silence, complete and breathless silence.

A great live music experience, as usual on his concerts.

Ólafur Arnalds (b, November 3, 1986) is a multifaceted artist, composer and producer from Iceland, winner of a BAFTA. Arnalds’ earliest musical excursions were as the drummer for a number of hardcore metal bands including Fighting Shit and Celestine.

Discography: “Eulogy For Evolution and Variations of Static” was released in 2007 to good reviews and was followed by the EP “Variations of Static” in 2008. Due to his success Arnalds was invited to tour with fellow-Icelandic musicians Sigur Rós and released a string of EPs in 2009 with the names “Found Songs”, “Dyad 1090” and the experimental techno release “65/Milo”. In 2009 edited the collection “Found Songs” and also formed an experimental techno project, entitled KIasmos, with Janus Rasmussen from the Icelandic electro-pop band Bloodgroup.  “…And They Have Escaped The Weight of Darkness” was released in 2010. The collection “Living Room Songs” was released in 2011. In 2012 he released an collaborative EP with Nils Frahm “Stare” and in 2013, the EP “Only the Winds” and his third full-length album “For Now I Am Winter”. In 2016 was edited the collection “Island Songs”. and the last album re:member in 2018.

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