This year’s Dark Music Days programme is a cavalcade exciting modern composition (Icelandic and otherwise) and exclusive performances and premieres. It begins on Thursday 26 and runs for three days at various venues.
Thursday’s opening concert in Harpa’s Eldborg Hall not only sees the comparatively well known ‘Metastasis’ by Iannis Xenakis being performed, but also pieces like ‘Hymos’ by Giacinto Scelsi, in which the orchestra is divided antiphonally into two symmetrical groups. Even if you don’t know what that means, you know that something crazy as all hell is going on! Elsewhere there are guitar recitals, piano recitals, electro-acoustic performances, children’s concerts, chamber music performances and plenty more.
Dark Music Days was established back in 1980 by the Society of Icelandic Composers and they sure know what they’re doing. Even if you only have a passing interest in modern composition then you need to be attending at at least some of these performances.
Festival passes cost 18000 ISK (or 12000 ISK for senior citizens) and entrance to individual performances costs 2500 ISK (2000 for senior citizens).
More information can be found on the Dark Music Days website