w/ Arnor Dan, guest vocalist
About This Event
Minimum Age:All Ages
Doors Open:6:30 PM
Show Time:7:30 PM
This is a general admission, standing event. Happy hour from 6:30-7:30pm including $3 beer and $5 well drinks.
Born 1986 in the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, a few kilometers outside of Reykjavík, composer/performer Ólafur Arnalds has always enjoyed pushing boundaries with both his studio work and live-shows. Since the release of his debut album Eulogy for Evolution in 2007 he has built up a dedicated international following and is well established for his genre-crossing compositions blending classical, pop and ambient/electronica influences to a unique musical language.
Starting out as drummer for several hardcore/metal bands, Ólafur was asked to write instrumental intros and outros for the album Antigone of German metal band Heaven Shall Burn. This led to more work in the field of neo-classical strings and piano based music, and ultimately to the release of Eulogy for Evolution and the beginning of Ólafur’s partnership with Berlin based label Erased Tapes. In 2008 he embarked on a tour with fellow Icelanders Sigur Rós.
In 2009 he started a week-long project of composing one track by day, making it immediately available online to his fans. The collection was later officially released under the title Found Songs. He repeated the same experiment in 2011 under the title Living Room Songs. Also in 2009 the ballet Dyad 1909 premiered with a score composed by Ólafur. 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 his second full-length album entitled & They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness, which was backed up with an extensive tour, including his first trip to China.
His third album, and the first to be released under his new partnership with Universal Music’s Mercury Classics imprint, is titled For Now I Am Winter and planned for international release in February 2013. Expanding on his previous work the new album features a full orchestra and – for the first time – introduces vocals to his soundworld. Icelandic singer Arnór Dan is to be heard on four tracks of the album.
More recently Ólafur has been venturing into the world of films, writing his first Hollywood film score to Another Happy Day. He also had music in the hit film The Hunger Games and has been featured several times on popular American television show So You Think You Can Dance. For 2013 his scores include the music to the new ITV thriller series Broadchurch, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, as well as to the film Gimme Shelter, directed by Ron Krauss and starring Vanessa Hudgens and Brendan Fraser.
Ólafur Arnalds official site
Ensemble LPR is an elite assemblage of the finest New York-based concert musicians, personifying Le Poisson Rouge’s commitment to aesthetic diversity and artistic excellence. Members of the ensemble are graduates of the world’s most prestigious conservatory and university programs, and amongst other appearances have performed at the Marlboro and Aspen Festivals and as soloist with The New York Philharmonic and The New Jersey Symphony. There is no instrumentation too large or too small for the ensemble — ranging in size from duo to large orchestra — whose unyielding standard and rigorous devotion is to the music of the world’s finest living composers — established and emerging — as much as it is to the common practice period of classical music and collaborations with artists of non-classical backgrounds.
In 2008 Le Poisson Rouge changed the classical music landscape, creating a new environment in which to experience art music and in so doing expanded the classical music listenership and pushed the popular palette in all directions. The New York Times heralds LPR as “[a] forward-thinking venue that seeks to showcase disparate musical styles under one roof…artistically planned eclecticism” and “[t]he coolest place to hear contemporary music,” and the Los Angeles Times raved “[t]he place isn’t merely cool…the venue is a downright musical marvel.” With Ensemble LPR, the minds behind Le Poisson Rouge — co-founders and musicians David Handler and Justin Kantor — bring this same ethos to the creative forefront, bringing the same daring and merit to its own artistry.
Past performances include Gavin Bryars’ Sinking of the Titanic, collaboration with Moritz von Oswald at 2010’s Unsound Festival, and a tribute to the music of Arthur Russell.
photo credit: Mark Shelby Perry