15 August 2016
In Celebration of Bedroom Community's 10th Anniversary in 2016, a number of our artists will be touring Europe for a collective "Whale Watching Tour". This upcoming run of intermittent concerts marks the second Whale Watching Tour, and the first since a European adventure in 2010 that saw the tour disrupted by the infamous ashcloud spewed out of Eyjafjallajökull, and resulted in the documentary film Everything Everywhere All The Time.
Each run of shows, or individual concerts, is customized and curated by Bedroom Comunity's founder Valgeir Sigurðsson, the producer behind all of the label's output. The lineup of these concerts is flexible and can vary greatly from show to show. Typically, 6-10 musicians share the stage in what is a scalable, fluid 90 - 120 minute showcase of music that spans the Bedroom Community catalog, and introduces unreleased or specifically rearranged pieces as well as classics from the repertoire.
They will also deliver during Iceland Airwaves a very special performance together with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in Harpa, Reykjavik.
You can join us on these dates:
-10/01/2016 Sacrum Profanum Festival - Krakow * ^
-10/03/2016 Bremen Theater - Copenhagen *
-10/04/2016 UT Connewitz - Leipzig *
-10/05/2016 Paradiso - Amsterdam *
-10/06/2016 The Lantern - Bristol *
-10/07/2016 Barbican - London * + ^
-11/03/2016 Iceland Airwaves Festival - Harpa - Reykjavik * + ^
-04/17/2017 Walt Disney Hall - Los Angeles
* Valgeir Sigurðsson, Daníel Bjarnason, Nadia Sirota, Jodie Landau, Liam Byrne, Sæeunn Þorsteinsdóttir
+ Sam Amidon
^ Nico Muhly
15 August 2016
The Scent Opera, a strange olfactory & music collaboration that dates back to 2009, is the first release on Bedroom Community’s HVALREKI digital-series. Written by Nico Muhly & Valgeir Sigurðsson for Green Aria: A Scent Opera. ‘An opera for your nose’ by Stewart Matthew and perfumer Christophe Laudamiel. Premiered at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in August 2009, this is the first time the recording has been released.
The opera’s premise is that a sequence of smells guides us through a oblique parable about industrialisation, through short episodic bursts of information. Some smells are dirty, like the rubber of a train in Paris, and others are classically blended harmonically well-rounded scents. Occasionally, a clean, neutral, pure sound arrives as a little flute-scented garden which should have the effect of clearing the chaos of the surrounding music (and, indeed, smells).
Nadia Sirota and Helgi Hrafn Jónsson join us as two of the essential voices that bind the narrative together. The multivalent collaboration yielded many surprising results: a 14-minute score that is funny, aggressive, shape-shifting, electronic, acoustic, and strange.
is a new series of digital releases from Bedroom Community. Stripping away visual design, packaging and manufacturing processes, HVALREKI offers music that lands beyond our strictly curated HVALUR album series. In Icelandic, hvalur means "whale" and hvalreki translates as "beached whale". The rarest and mostprecious of finds, hvalreki could sustain an entire village through winter. With so many special projects thriving in Bedrooom Community's waters, we invite fans to share our HVALREKI.
Listen exclusively via Clash here - and buy the album here.
12 January 2016
In celebration of our 10th Anniversary this year, the three founders of Bedroom Community : Valgeir Sigurðsson, Ben Frost, and Nico Muhly, join fellow Community artists Sam Amidon, Nadia Sirota, Borgar Magnason, Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, and Helgi Jónsson on a Whale Watching Tour of the United States in March and April.
“The Whale Watching Tour is an opportunity to manifest what we, as a record label and a collective of disparate musical personalities, do behind the closed doors of the studio. To create something uniquely belonging to the live experience from source material that is very familiar to us. These shows are fuelled by joyful energy and appreciation for each other but also tension, blood and sweat that makes it all the more rewarding at the end of the day.” - VALGEIR SIGURÐSSON
11 January 2016
On January 25 our own Emily Hall’s new opera installation, Found and Lost, premieres at the Cornithia Hotel London. It is an imaginative, site-specific work that takes an audience of 12 through the hotel to witness a musical drama unfold in some of its most beautiful spaces.
Book tickets here.