PROGRAMME

FRIDAY, 22.03.2024

NORDIC HOUSE, Sæmundargata 11, 102 Reykjavík

 

17.30 – 21.00

BERGRÚN SNÆBJÖRNSDÓTTIR – PORTRAIT EVENING

17.30 – 19.00
AGAPE
audio – video installation (2021)

19.00
Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir – Quorum Sensing II (2023)
Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir – Quorum Sensing (2021)
Bergrun Snæbjörnsdóttir – StrangeTurn/Narwhal (2018)

Performers:
NeoQuartet

Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir “elemental style” (Steve Smith, The New Yorker) follows inner logics when approaching composition, often integrating sound and other phenomena into an indivisible whole – creating mutable, breathing, living structures through experimental performance practices and notation.
During the concert dedicated to Bergrun’s work, we will first present the multimedia installation Agape, which will be installed in a multi-channel form in the interiors of Nordic House. In the second part of the concert, NeoQuartet will perform Quorum Sensing, creating an octet of instruments from a duplicate of its own live recording and new version of StrangeTurn/Narwhal composition.

Saturday, 23.03.2024

NORDIC HOUSE, Sæmundargata 11, 102 Reykjavík

 

17:00 – 22.30

NEOARTE MARATHON

REYKJAVIK ENSEMBLE
HALLA STEINUNN STEFÁNSDÓTTIR
SPECTRO DUO
INTELLIGENT INSTRUMENTS LAB
NEOQUARTET/PIOTR KALINSKI/FILIP IGNATOWICZ
S.L.A.T.U.R.

17.00
WE COOK SOUP FROM NOISES AND CRACKLES

Presentation of the effects of workshops for children led by Edyta Fil
15-minute concert with music created by workshop participants

With a friendly support of Polish Embassy in Reykjavik

17.30
REYKJAVIK ENSEMBLE – LIMINALITY

Liminality – A film by Reykjavík Ensemble International Theatre Company, Directed by Pálína Jónsdóttir, Poetry by Ewa Marcinek, Filmed by Martyna Radkòw Flux Daniel, Music by Halldór Smárason, Featuring Sylwia Zajkowska.

Performers:
Halldór Smárason – piano
Sylwia Zajkowska – poetry

18.15
HALLA STEINUNN STEFÁNSDÓTTIR

Performers:
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir – baroque violin, electronics

Program:
Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir – Imprint (2023)
Ida Lundén – Skymlot (2023) *
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir – Hölluþula (2021) *
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir & Kent Olofsson – Violin with Þytur (2021) *

* Iceland premiere

19.00
INTELLIGENT INSTRUMENTS LAB

In this performance, members of the Intelligent Instruments Lab will play new and unusual instruments mixed with traditional and familiar ones. Nicola Privato will showcase his playful and fascinating magnetic instruments Thales and Stacco. Miguel Crozzoli plays Victor Shepardson’s Living Looper with his saxophone together with Jack Armitage performing on his augmented KeyTam drum. Thor Magnusson will perform on his Threnoscope with Halla Steinunn playing an early prototype of her AI-based performance platform, created in collaboration with Davíð Brynjar Franzson. The group will improvise a series of pieces in a dynamic constellation of solos, duos, trios, and full ensembles.

Nicola Privato – Thales and Stacco
Miguel Crozzoli – Living Looper
Thor Magnusson – Threnoscope
Halla Steinunn – Violin and AI
Jack Armitage – augmented KeyTam

20.00
LUTOS GRACIAS

Performers:
Piotr Kaliński – electronics
NeoQuartet
Filip Ignatowicz – visualizations

The Lutos Gracias project is dedicated to the works of the composer Witold Lutosławski. His music, especially the excellent String Quartet from 1964, has accompanied the NeoQuartet from the beginning of its activity. This piece will be the starting point for an artistic meeting between the creator of electronic music Piotr Kaliński, the musicians of the Gdańsk quartet and the visual artist Filip Ignatowicz. Controlled aleatorism, improvisation, sonorism, abstraction, a large dose of energy and mutual inspiration on stage – all this can be expected during the Icelandic premiere of this project.

20.45
SPECTRO DUO

Performers:
Martyna Kosecka – voice, keys, sound objects, electronics, video
Idin Samimi Mofakham – alto saxophone, electric guitar, sound objects, electronics

Supported by Arts Council Norway

21.30
S.L.Á.T.U.R.

RÍMNADANS #2
Participation piece. Circle dance.

Celebrating Rímur epic chant and Vikivaki circle dance in a futurist solarpunk manner with electronic sounds, high frequency lights and computer manipulations, S.L.Á.T.U.R. Rímnadans combines tribalism and techno; a multimedial trance that extracts folklore traditions to a modern rave.
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Performers:Örlygur Steinar Arnalds, electronic sound sampler
Steinunn Eldflaug Harðardóttir, electronic sounds, 3D motion tracking
Sól Hansdóttir, costumes, design, wool, hats
Sandijs Ruluks, design
Marta Ákadóttir, choreography
Karólína Þúfa Einars Maríudóttir, synthesiser
Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson, synthesiser
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, forsöngvari voice
Áki Ásgeirsson, samstilling, sound processing

17.00 – 22.00
Filip Ignatowicz – artUNBOXING 4 NEOARTE

video instalation

presentation of an episode of the online video performance, which was created for the NEOARTE festival, screened in loop
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artUNBOXING is a video performance tailor-made for YouTube and inspired by the online video genre of unboxing. The premise of these videos is the unpacking of products – usually well-known and expensive ones – and then reviewing their appearance and functionalities.

Instead of objects typical for unboxing, I open the artworks I purchased, objects signed by artists or exhibition-related merchandise. At the same time, I commit a performative takeover. The initial unwrapping of the package, checking its contents, and testing the purchased object represents the essence of my online performative act. This action forms part of my practice of exploring the boundaries between art and product, consumption and culture.

Presented episode was recorded especially for the Norwegian edition of the festival NEO ARTE Synthesizer of Arts, and its topic is connected to the festival’s name. The video consists of performative unboxing and testing of an object that is an instrument, but also a work of art.

SUNDAY, 24.03.2024

NORDIC HOUSE, Sæmundargata 11, 102 Reykjavík

 

17.30

Discussion panel – The future of string quartet

Summary of the NeoEdu Arte educational program (with participation of workshop participants, tutors and project originators)

19.00

NEO VOYAGER – THE ARRIVAL

Final concert of the NeoEdu Arte educational program
Premieres of 6 compositions written for a string quartet by young composers from Poland, Iceland and Norway – workshop participants.

Program:
Anders Hannevold – Airsongs for string quartet and organetto portativo
Ása ÖnnuÓlafsdóttir – Gárar
Kristján Steinn Kristjánsson – String Quartet No. 1
Vanessa Isobel Black – Blind Fractures
Hubert Gabriel Żmudzki – String Quartet No. 3
Przemysław Pacek – Polarization for string quartet and electronics

Performers:
NeoQuartet
Anders Hannevold – organetto portativo

Neo Edu Arte – educational program

21 – 22.03.2024, Workshops in Reykjavik

Idea of the program – click here

Neo Edu Arte – educational program is a part of the Neo Voyager project funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA and Norway Grants.

Mentors

Trond Reinholdtsen (NO)
Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (IS)
Martyna Kosecka (PL)
Idin Samimi Mofakham (IR)
Paweł Hendrich (PL)
NeoQuartet (PL)
Anna Proszowska-Sala (PL)

Participants:
Vanessa Isobel Black (NO)
Anders Hannevold (NO)
Ása Önnu Ólafsdóttir (IS)
Przemysław Pacek (PL)
Kristján Steinn Kristjánsson (IS)
Hubert Gabriel Żmudzki (PL)

Workshop schedule:
21.03.2024
Neo Edu Arte – Reading Sessions workshops for young composers as part of the Neo Voyager project – conducted by NeoQuartet
22.03.2024
Neo Edu Arte – Neo Edu Arte – Career coaching – workshops for young composers as part of the Neo Voyager project – conducted by Anna Proszowska-Sala

Synthesizer Academy

Educational workshops as part of the NeoArte – Synthesizer of Arts festival, Reykjavik edition

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23.03.2024, 11.00 – 13.00
“We cook soup from noises and crackles” workshops for children – led by Edyta Fil

Place of workshops: Iceland University of the Arts, Music Department, Skipholt 31, the Dynjandi Hall
Palce of the concert: Nordic House Reykjavik

During the workshops, participants learn how to create a musical work using everyday items. The effects will be presented at the beginning of the NeoArte Marathon at Nordic House.The workshops are intended for children aged 7-15.
Free entrance

Registration:
management.neoquartet@gmail.com
The number of places is limited

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