Hafdís Bjarnadóttir

- composer -

Hafdís Bjarnadóttir

- composer -

Hafdís Bjarnadóttir

- composer -

Hafdís Bjarnadóttir

- composer -

A Northern Year

Composed by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir and performed by Passepartout Duo. The piece indulges in the music that is hidden in everyday natural phenomena by transforming data about the sun’s position in the sky above Reykjavík into melodies and rhythms for piano,

percussion, and electronics. Beginning and ending at the solstices, the piece follows a cycle that is often a backdrop for life in the north: energetic and bright summers followed by introverted and dark winters.

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BIO

A native of Reykjavík, Iceland, Hafdís Bjarnadóttir started playing electric guitar at the age of 12. She was soon performing in bands and writing her own music, with an initial focus on rock and folk. In 2002, she graduated in jazz guitar performance from the FÍH School of Music. Keen to develop her compositional voice, she earned a bachelor’s degree in contemporary composition from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2007 and a master’s degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2009.

With a reputation for breaking down barriers between different genres of music, her past projects include a sound installation for the Nordic Lighthouse at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai; an orchestral piece based on knitting instructions; three solo albums mixing different genres and domains of instruments; an ensemble piece based on financial graphs and charts from Iceland’s 2008 banking crisis; various commissioned pieces for solo instruments or chamber ensembles; and a piece for a mixed choir and electric guitar.

Her second solo album, JÆJA, received critical acclaim and was nominated for the 2009 Iceland Music Awards. “A Day in February” for Halldorophone and accordion was nominated by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service for the 58th International Rostrum of Composers in Vienna in 2011. Her third solo album, “Já”, received the 2017 Kraumur Music Awards and was nominated for two Iceland Music Awards. She lives and works in Reykjavík.


CV/RÉSUMÉ
BIO

A native of Reykjavík, Iceland, Hafdís Bjarnadóttir started playing electric guitar at the age of 12. She was soon performing in bands and writing her own music, with an initial focus on rock and folk. In 2002, she graduated in jazz guitar performance from the FÍH School of Music. Keen to develop her compositional voice, she earned a bachelor’s degree in contemporary composition from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2007 and a master’s degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2009.

With a reputation for breaking down barriers between different genres of music, her past projects include a sound installation for the Nordic Lighthouse at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai; an orchestral piece based on knitting instructions; three solo albums mixing different genres and domains of instruments; an ensemble piece based on financial graphs and charts from Iceland’s 2008 banking crisis; various commissioned pieces for solo instruments or chamber ensembles; and a piece for a mixed choir and

Her second solo album, JÆJA, received critical acclaim and was nominated for the 2009 Iceland Music Awards. “A Day in February” for Halldorophone and accordion was nominated by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service for the 58th International Rostrum of Composers in Vienna in 2011. Her third solo album, “Já”, received the 2017 Kraumur Music Awards and was nominated for two Iceland Music Awards. She lives and works in Reykjavík.

CV/RÉSUMÉ
BIO

A native of Reykjavík, Iceland, Hafdís Bjarnadóttir started playing electric guitar at the age of 12. She was soon performing in bands and writing her own music, with an initial focus on rock and folk. In 2002, she graduated in jazz guitar performance from the FÍH School of Music. Keen to develop her compositional voice, she earned a bachelor’s degree in contemporary composition from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2007 and a master’s degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2009.

With a reputation for breaking down barriers between different genres of music, her past projects include a sound installation for the Nordic Lighthouse at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai; an orchestral piece based on knitting instructions; three solo albums

mixing different genres and domains of instruments; an ensemble piece based on financial graphs and charts from Iceland’s 2008 banking crisis; various commissioned pieces for solo instruments or chamber ensembles; and a piece for a mixed choir and electric guitar. Her second solo album, JÆJA, received critical acclaim and was nominated for the 2009 Iceland Music Awards. “A Day in February” for Halldorophone and accordion was nominated by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service for the 58th International Rostrum of Composers in Vienna in 2011. Her third solo album, “Já”, received the 2017 Kraumur Music Awards and was nominated for two Iceland Music Awards. She lives and works in Reykjavík.


CV/RÉSUMÉ
BIO

A native of Reykjavík, Iceland, Hafdís Bjarnadóttir started playing electric guitar at the age of 12. She was soon performing in bands and writing her own music, with an initial focus on rock and folk. In 2002, she graduated in jazz guitar performance from the FÍH School of Music. Keen to develop her compositional voice, she earned a bachelor’s degree in contemporary composition from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2007 and a master’s degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2009.

With a reputation for breaking down barriers between different genres of music, her past projects include a sound installation for the Nordic Lighthouse at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai; an orchestral piece based on knitting instructions; three solo albums mixing different genres and domains of instruments; an ensemble piece based on financial graphs and charts from Iceland’s 2008 banking crisis; various commissioned pieces for solo instruments or chamber ensembles; and a piece for a mixed choir and electric guitar.

Her second solo album, JÆJA, received critical acclaim and was nominated for the 2009 Iceland Music Awards. “A Day in February” for Halldorophone and accordion was nominated by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service for the 58th International Rostrum of Composers in Vienna in 2011. Her third solo album, “Já”, received the 2017 Kraumur Music Awards and was nominated for two Iceland Music Awards. She lives and works in Reykjavík.


CV/RÉSUMÉ
Sounds of Iceland

Já!


2017
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Jæja

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2015
BUY:
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Nú

Jæja


2009
BUY:
Bandcamp

Sounds of Iceland

Já!


2017
BUY:
Bandcamp

Jæja

Sounds of
Iceland


2015
BUY:
Bandcamp

Jæja

Já!

2009
BUY:
Bandcamp

Nú

Sounds of
Iceland

2009
BUY:
Bandcamp

Sounds of Iceland

já!

2017
BUY:
Bandcamp

Nú

Sounds of Iceland

2015
BUY:
Bandcamp

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