REYKJAVÍK FESTIVAL at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Reykjavík Festival is presently taking place at Walt Disney Concert Hall and runs until April 17 with an assortment of concerts.

This week the LA Phil perform with Green Umbrella: Contemporary Iceland. Later this week the LA Phill will perform with Sigur Ros over three nights.

A highlight of the festival is sure to be Monday’s concert of composer Jóhann Jóhannsson featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Bedroom Community’s Whale Watching Tour featuring Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly, and Sam Amidon

Reykjavík Festival will also feature three nights of performances from Sigur Rós backed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic on April 13, 14 and 15. Orchestral arrangements are by Daníel Bjarnarson, Dan Deacon, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, Anna Meredith, Nico Muhly, Owen Pallett,and Páll Ragnar Palsson.

Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, aka Shoplifter, is known for her work exploring the use and symbolic nature of hair, with the theme of vanity as a connecting thread. Influenced by the playfulness found in folk art, naïvism, and handicraft, she uses traditional handcraft techniques like knitting, weaving, and braiding to create new forms of textiles, while referring to established methods in art. Shoplifter’s installation in Walt Disney Concert Hall’s BP Hall will be on display for the duration of Reykjavík Festival.

Contributing to the festival’s visual design is Berlin-based and Iceland-born artist Siggi Eggertsson. Eggertsson, who studied graphic design at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, is known for his award-winning style combining geometric shapes and color.

Driving at the speed of the Nordic sun, by Xárene Eskandar with music by Daníel Bjarnason, is a four-hour single-take film shifting bodily self-perception from earthly to galactic. It is a site-specific film only possible in one location in Iceland, during a short window of time. The film will screen continuously in W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre throughout the Festival.

Sponsoring partners include Iceland Music Export, and WOW air.

For more information and complete artist biographies, please visit:

Sigur Ros.

Reykjavík Festival

Full details for Reykjavík Festival can be found at



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Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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