Ólafur Arnalds

multi-instrumentalist and a producer from Iceland.

Photos by Kata Rokkar & Shawn Robbins


Ólafur Arnalds mixes strings and piano with loops and edgy beats crossing-over from classical to pop. Arnalds was a drummer of hardcore/metal bands Fighting Shit and Celestine, as well as others.

In 2004, Arnalds composed and recorded the intro and two outros for tracks on the album Antigone by German metal band Heaven Shall Burn. On 12 October 2007, Arnalds' first solo album Eulogy for Evolution was released. It was followed by the EP Variations of Static in 2008. In the same year, Arnalds toured with Sigur Rós. He is also reported to have sold out The Barbican Hall in London.
In April 2009, Arnalds composed and released a track daily for seven days, instantly making each track available within 24 hours.

The collection of tracks was entitled Found Songs. The first track was released on 13 April.
In October 2009, the ballet Dyad 1909 premiered with a score composed by Arnalds. Choreographed by Wayne McGregor and performed by Wayne McGregor Random Dance, the ballet was inspired by Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition to the South Pole in 1909.
In April 2010, Ólafur released a new album entitled ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness.

On October 3rd 2011, Arnalds started another seven-day composition project similar to Found Songs, this one entitled Living Room Songs. The tracks are made available at livingroomsongs.olafurarnalds.com/ each day throughout the week. The project was released as an album on December 23rd, 2011.

Ólafur Arnalds has been involved with various other projects and has his music appear in many films, television shows and advertisements.

Text from wikipedia. Photo by Kata Rokkar & Shawn Robbins


Upcoming tour dates in 2012:

11th March 2012 Sala Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
12th March 2012 Teatro Lara, Madrid, Spain
14th March 2012 Botanique, Brussels, Belgium 
15th March 2012 Muziekgebuow, Eindhoven, Netherlands
17th March 2012 Milk Club, Moscow, Russia
19th March 2012 Hipnoza, Katowice, Poland 
20th March 2012 Blue Note, Poznan, Poland 
21st March 2012 Impart, Wroclaw, Poland 
22nd March 2012 Lindenpark, Potsdam, Germany 
23rd March 2012 Schauburg, Dresden, Germany 

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