Reykjavík Festival | LA Phil, US
LA Phil, Walt Disney Concert Hall, US
1 April – 4 June 2017
In Reykjavík’s close-knit artistic community, the contemporary music scene is indistinguishable from the rock, pop, and electronic music scenes. A hallmark of our season is the Reykjavík Festival, curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daníel Bjarnason, which will highlight the creativity thriving in Iceland’s capital. Passing seamlessly across a wide spectrum of music, the festival encompasses Green Umbrella, World Music, Toyota Symphonies for Youth programs, orchestral concerts with Salonen, popular music and interdisciplinary partnerships, visual and installation art, lectures and film.
- A new installation by Icelandic artist Shoplifter will be viewable in BP Hall throughout the Reykjavik Festival.
Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (b. 1969) crosses boundaries between visual art, fashion, and performance, but her trademark is her medium: hair, both artificial and real. She creates works of fancy and fantasy, whether in the form of intricately woven wigs used in performance or installation, wall hangings evoking the extravagance of the Baroque, or murals of computer-generated patterns of densely arranged braids. Hrafnhildur frequently collaborates with musicians and other visual artists; recent collaborations include an installation with composer Nico Muhly, as well as a window installation at MoMA composed of swirling masses of colorful artificial hair highlighted by neon lights.