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18 June 2010

Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason create ‘Solaris’ with Sinfonietta Cracovia

Poland's Unsound Festival has commissioned Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason to create a new piece of music inspired by Andre Tarkovsky’s 1972 film and the original novel Solaris written by Polish author Stanislaw Lem. The music will be performed live by Frost, Bjarnason and Krakow’s 28-piece Sinfonietta Cracovia.

This work will be premiered at Unsound Festival in Krakow in October, and be performed at the second edition of Unsound Festival New York in April 2011.

What the press says

...completely unique.

Arts Wrap (August 11th 2013) Read all reviews

This unearthly record by award-winning Icelandic artist Daníel Bjarnason is as ghostly and ethereal as the album artwork. Full-bodied soundscapes blend with half-harmonised snippets to create something complete, yet only partly tangible

The List (September 20th 2013) Read all reviews

It’s scarier than anything Bjarnason has done before, filled with the measured fury of a people who have had time to let their discontent really settle in.

Fluid Radio (September 20th 2013) Read all reviews

More exciting are the clashing layers of shimmering strings and turbulent horns on the three-part Emergence, whose lumbering, ominous melody hits its conclusion without resolving the piece’s unsettling harmonies, making for a tension-riddled trip to the very end.

Peter Margasak — Chicago Reader (September 23rd 2013) Read all reviews

...the music often sounds as if it’s suspended in space; woodwinds and strings swirl around pointillistic, muted piano notes and clusters; swells of brass splotch a sonic canvas of pulsing strings that hints at a shimmering surface underpinned by both meditative calm and chaos.

Q2 (September 24th 2013) Read all reviews

It’s the kind of ambitious narrative neoclassical work which fans of Valgeir Sigurðsson and Johann Johannsson will doubtless enjoy, beautifully realised and emotionally rousing, swimming with life and drama and tension.

Norman Records (October 3rd 2013) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

...stunning and definitive statement from a composer poised to make meaningful contributions to the symphonic repertoire for years to come

Daniel Kushner — I Care If You Listen (October 28th 2013) Read all reviews

... this evening afforded the audience intimate access to one of the most exciting, thoughtful and inspired composers working today.

Burke Jam — Reykjavík Grapevine (November 5th 2013) Read all reviews

He’s a dynamic modern composer, one worth watching more closely.

Matthew Fiander — PopMatters (November 5th 2013) ★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

like a slightly uneasy ride on LSD

Alex Lee Thomson — Drowned In Sound (November 12th 2013) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

...the music Daníel composes are instrumental soundscape pieces that take the listener on a spiritual journey.

The Wall Breakers (November 21st 2013) Read all reviews

With fierce intelligence confirmed, Bjarnason now seems primed for a romp through the rest of the 21st century.

Richard Allen — A Closer Listen (December 3rd 2013) Read all reviews

The results are nothing short of staggering.

Fractured Air (December 5th 2013) Read all reviews

This record is intentional, poignant, and brimming with profound vision.

Burke Jam — Reykjavík Grapevine (December 11th 2013) Read all reviews

...expect to see much more of Bjarnason’s music over the years ahead.

Richard Whitehouse — Gramophone (December 18th 2013) Read all reviews

 Processions deserves to be [Bjarnason's] global breakthrough. It’s the sound of fire and instinct, the musical equivalent of a controlled burn. Perhaps all sounds to silence come, but thanks to Bjarnason, that sonic Armageddon seems a long distance away.   

Richard Allen — The Silent Ballet (January 27th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

“Surely one of the most bombastic modern classical albums you’re likely to hear all year”.

Boomkat (February 1st 2010) Read all reviews

 “Daniel Bjarnason brings the magic of Icelandic music to the classical world. A musical statement not to be missed.” 

 

Tyler Fisher — SputnikMusic (April 28th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

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