30 January 2019jónsi & alex somers: riceboy sleeps with the london contemporary orchestra
to celebrate its 10th anniversary, we are proud to announce the european premiere of “riceboy sleeps” performed live by jónsi & alex somers with the london contemporary orchestra, conducted by robert ames, with orchestral arrangements by david handler. a collaboration between the sigur rós singer and american visual artist and composer somers, the album will be performed in its atmospheric ambient entirety for the first time anywhere. recorded at home in iceland while jónsi was on hiatus from sigur rós and finished off-grid in hawaii, the album was a sleeper hit, with the bbc saying “riceboy sleeps operates at a heady level of beauty”, the evening standard “…it’s up there with the best of sigur rós” and the observer “beautifully fragile music, not disposable but built to last”. and so it has proved; the album’s stature has only grown in recent years, with songs such as ‘happiness’ and ‘boy 1904’ enjoying runaway success across some of the world’s most listened to streaming playliststickets on sale on sale to barbican members on thursday 31 january, general sale on friday 1 february 2019
10 January 2019
22° lunar halo // world premiere in taiwan from 13 to 28 april, 2019
this new dance piece by taiwanese choreographer and artistic director cheng tsung-lung from the cloud gate 2 – music by sigur rós and kjartan holm
in ancient folklore, a lunar halo is a sign foreboding changes, while scientifically it appears when the moonlight is refracted by 22 degrees through millions of ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. accompanied by the oneiric music in collaboration with sigur rós and kjartan holm, this new dance piece by taiwanese choreographer and artistic director cheng tsung-lung from the cloud gate 2 excavates our deepest fear toward ourselves as human beings through bodies of dancers morphing into concrete symbols of anxieties, struggles, desires and loneliness in the lunatic, ever-changing world of high-end technology, and eventually leads us to a slim hope of love and inner serenity.
10 November 2018in the finale of season 13 of “it’s always sunny in philadelphia”, varúð was used as a soundtrack to a dance piece. enjoy.
8 July 2018
we’re putting on a weekend full of music together, inviting our friends from along the way. it’s about new material, collaborations, unique arrangements and dissolving borders.
160 artists performing across 8 stages and studios at the historic funkhaus in berlin on august 18th/19th.
all artists meet one week prior to rehearse and create new ideas and perform them for the first time with the audience.
people is a steadily growing group of artists, making and sharing their work. people is non-hierarchical. it is put together by the artists with full freedom. there’ll be no sponsors or brands. no artist fees. 100% of the ticket costs go towards the production.
26 June 2018
how did tiny iceland – population 330,000 – become the smallest nation ever to make it to the world cup? we headed to the land of fire and ice to work out with the world’s fittest women, kicked around in ice caves, played football with sigur ros, and ate questionable “food” to find out what drives this viking nation. ” available with youtube premium – http://youtube.com/premium. to see if premium is available in your country, click here: https://goo.gl/A3HtfP
5 June 2018
while the concept of a concert film is simple, dating back to 1948’s concert magic featuring violinist yehudi menuhin, a great concert film requires inspiration from both director and performer, a collaboration that unifies the best qualities of filmmaking and music. like every cinematic genre, concert filmmaking has its greats: jonathan demme, d.a. pennebaker, martin scorsese—all of whom are represented in this list of the best concert films, alongside bands who kept control of the filmmaking process themselves.
live music is a give-and-take between musician and audience, and that can be a difficult thing to capture on film. the 20 films that follow manage to allow viewers feel like they’re part of the moment and communicate what we love about some of our favorite live performers, including several who are no longer with us. these films preserve their greatness for future generations.
22 May 2018
tomorrow, may 23rd, is the 6th anniversary of the release of “valtari“. to mark the occasion, we’ll be live streaming all 19 videos from the valtari film experiment via youtube and facebook live (details below). share your thoughts and memories of the videos with other fans
7 May 2018
(liminal artwork by adam katseff)
following ‘liminal’ soundbaths in los angeles and reykjavík – and with more live ambient music happenings coming right up – sigur rós frontman jónsi joins long-term musical collaborators, alex somers and paul corley, in releasing the first chapter of an ‘endless’ liminal mixtape on digital services today.
liminal is more than an ambient sigur rós mixtape curated by jónsi, alex somers & paul corley, however. it approaches sigur rós as a living, breathing eco-system, identifying the connections and blurring the boundaries between work done and work to come; between brand new music and ideas barely yet born; between songs written 20 years ago and collaborations to be made tomorrow.
in bringing together these collaborations and commissions with solo work and the work of close friends in the sigur rós ‘family’, liminal aims to take the listener to a hinterland, to the threshold of a place neither nor there; a “liminal” space.
“liminal is a musical thread that binds us together; the sounds that we all found inside of ourselves from a young age,” say alex somers. “it’s a music that is patient. sounds unfold in front of you and momentarily offer to show the world from a different angle.”
intended to be added to frequently and endlessly, the first liminal mixtape to go live lasts an hour and includes brand new music from jónsi in the form of ‘above, below (alex somers remix)’, a piece written for underwater speakers and designed to be heard while fully submerged in a swimming pool.
paul corley introduces the textural, asmr-esque beauty of ‘flux’ and elsewhere deconstructs sigur rós’s ‘untitled 6 (aka e-bow)’ from the ( ) album, to create a nebulous sonic leviathan.
“my e-bow remix is conceived to be sort of an underbelly, in-between or shadow version of the original,” says paul. “it’s not just a “here, have the stems” remix. there is a concept and ideology, and my future liminal remixes will follow the same path.”
alex somers contributes three new songs, hot on the heels of his fêted ‘hang the dj’ black mirror soundtrack. there’s also the uncanny sound of europe’s largest ice-cap, vatnajökull, creaking and cracking, as captured by nature recordist chris watson.
3 May 2018
updated may 11: the 12 hour takeover is now available to listen on demand via nts.live
jónsi joins frequent sigur rós collaborators/producers, alex somers and paul corley, in a 12-hour liminal playlist takeover of nts los angeles from noon to midnight (pst) on may 8th. timed to coincide with the latest in a series of live soundbaths under the banner ‘liminal’ at the marciano art foundation in la the next day (may 9), the marathon broadcasting stint is expected to focus on jónsi, alex and paul’s long and enduring interest in ambient music, although beats may occasionally break out too.
“sigur rós played live a lot during the last two years,” says frontman jónsi. “and inevitably you end up playing the rockier, more focussed songs, which means that loads of other stuff gets ignored. ‘liminal’ tries to do something different. it’s just me, paul and alex in a dark room manipulating and mucking around with recordings, fx and vocals. we play and sing sparsely and focus on the atmosphere coming together. there’s a sound-reactive light sculpture and everyone can sit or lie down. it’s all very cosy and people seem to like it.”
liminal sees sigur rós as an eco-system. it identifies the connections and blurs the boundaries between work done and work to come; between brand new music and ideas barely yet nascent; between songs written 20 years ago and collaborations to be made tomorrow. in bringing together these collaborations and commissions – for choreographers, bleeding-edge tech ventures and visual artists – with solo work and remixes, film score, ai and generative music, as well as the work of close friends and associates in the wider sigur rós ‘family’, liminal aims to take the listener to a hinterland, to the threshold of a place neither nor there; a “liminal” space.
this ethos will form the template for the extended nts broadcast, although listeners can also expect insights into jónsi & alex’s home listening – almost exclusively dead people – their mutual fascination with (inner and outer) space and distortion, paul corley’s ‘dream sequence collages’, field recordings and the occasional curveball.
sigur rós ‘liminal’ takeover with jónsi, alex somers & paul corley will be live on nts’s la button from 12 noon to 12 midnight on tuesday may 8, and available globally via www.nts.live. (see also: world times)
the entire 12 hours will be archived on the nts site thereafter.
19 April 2018
liminal soundbath returns to los angeles on the 9th of may, to co-incide with the visual element of reality projector – an art instillation by olafur eliasson.
the marciano art foundation presents a live sound bath with jónsi, alex somers and paul corley. this meditative experience will take place in maf’s unique theater gallery, an expansive 13,000-square-foot space currently housing studio olafur eliasson: reality projector, an immersive light and sound installation.
for this event, the visual element of reality projector will continue to play, while jónsi – who had collaborated with eliasson on the audio component of the exhibition – will join alex and paul in weaving a mesmeric spell, re-purposing sigur rós, jónsi & alex and other music to hypnotic effect.
to heighten the experience, prior to the live sound bath lord jones pain & wellness formula cbd tinctures will be available to help attendees achieve a deeper state of transformation.
photo: mike kelley