Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir | New York, USA
Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir, Abraham Brody and Asta Maria Kjartansdottir
Happy Luck No1, 734 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, USA
November 18, 2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Silence hits us and our conscious thought and emotions creep
to the surface. True silence is hard to comeby in modern society
and the performance describes the struggles us human sare
faced with when trying to claim the silence within and how
external silence brings our thoughts and emotions on overdrive.
The speed of life doesn’t really grant humanity the space to
find purity and silence. When performing music we often rush from
one note to another, forgetting that the space between the notes
is as valuable as the ones you play. But it’s not only the sound or
just the silence, it’s what is between the production of sound and
silence that is really important. Music is used in an audiovisual
performance as a metaphor for the struggle of the innerland-
scape finding the balance of the perfect rhythmn of sound and
silence, action and quiescence. Without silence we have no rythm.
The project is a collaboration between visual artist Anna Fríða
Jónsdóttir, Abraham Brody musician/multimedia artist and Ásta
María Kjartansdóttir cellist. Through their expressive audiovisual
work they will interpret the quest for silence which can be found
in abundance in Iceland where their collaboration commenced.
The performance plays on this connection between the deep
silence innature and our perception of balance and rythmn. The
key to our serenity lies in our inner silence, without it we have
About the artists
Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir was born in 1984 in Reykjavik. She graduated with her B.A. of fine arts from The Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2010 and received her M.A in Art and Science in 2013 at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She is now based in Rwykjavik and Vienna.
Anna Fríða has had exhibitions in various locations including The Natural History Museum, Vienna, Künstlerhaus Karlsplatz, Das Weisse Haus in co-operation with Paraflows digital festival, and at the Reykjavík Art Museum. Anna Fríða has a piece in the collection of the Cultural Department of Vienna and is a recipient of an artist salary, the year 2015, provided by the Government of Iceland.
Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir’s obsession with wavelengths and frequency has taken her through various layers of the human existence, touching on communication with the self, others, nature and society, with a strong focus on music. Everything radiates and everything is a form of wavelength.
Lithuanian-American musician Abraham Brody creates unique multidimensional experiences for his audiences. Drawing inspiration from rituals, roots and folklore, he combines composition, improvisation and multimedia, pushing the boundaries between artist and audience, and challenging the traditional notions of a performer in the twenty-first century.
Recent highlights include debuts at the Southbank Centre (London), Public Theatre (New York), Vortex Club (London), Fondation Beyeler (Basel), Sziget Festival (Budapest), Lunga Arts Festival (Seydisfjordur), RichMix Cultural Foundation (London), Meyerhold Center (Moscow), Literhaus (Copenhagen), Municipal Smetana Hall (Prague), Pace Gallery (London) as well as a residencies at the Barbican Centre (London) and Fabrika CCI (Moscow).
The 2017-18 season marks Brody’s residencies at The National Sawdust and Happy Lucky No.1 Gallery (New York), where he performs as a soloist as well as with Moscow-based group ‘Pletai’ and Lithuanian folk singers ‘Trys Keturiose’. He will also be touring his most recent album, From The Rich Dark Earth, which features compositions drawn from his extensive research across the Baltic countries.
Abraham has collaborated with countless artists in and outside the classical arena and performed on shows such as WNYC, BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Vernissage TV and Labas TV amongst others. His most recent work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Independent, The Guardian, Songlines Magazine, The Protagonist Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine and others.
Born in New York in 1991, Abraham Brody gave his first violin public performance at the age of eight. He emigrated to Europe to pursue his music studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts (Vienna), followed by the Guildhall School of Music (London). Currently, he is based between Vilnius (Lithuania) and New York (US).
Ásta María Kjartansdóttir
Ásta María Kjartansdóttir studied the cello at Reykjavík collage of music before moving to Vienna in 2008 to study Solo Performance at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna until 2013. During her studies she did private sessions and masterclasses with Erling Blöndal Bengtson, Heidi Litschauer, Erkki Lahesmaa, Walther Schulz, Bruno Weinmeister og Steven Isserlis, as well attending chamber music lessons with the Altenberg Trio and the Hugo Wolf quartett. After her studies she has focused on working with chamber groups as well as participating in art performances. Ásta María has performed at Haus der Kunst in Baden, Akzent Theater, Off-Theater Wien, Harpa Concert Hall Reykjavík, Reykjavík Art Museum and the Venice Biennale.