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Press Reviews for Over Light Earth

For his second album, prodigiously talented Icelandic composer and pianist Daniel Bjarnason conducted the Reykjavik Sinfonia and played piano on three of his recent works. The title piece, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was inspired by New York abstract expressionist painters such as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. 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. The album concludes with a version of the piano concerto Solitudes that combines brittle, twangy prepared piano with a rippling electronic sheen added by frequent Bjarnason collaborators Ben Frost and Valgeir Sigurdsson.

Peter Margasak

Chicago Reader (September 23rd 2013)

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