Ólafur Arnalds (Iceland)

Ólafur Arnalds (Iceland)

Presented by Top Shelf & The Windish Agency

Icelandic musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Ólafur Arnalds, is proud to announce his debut Australian appearances, backing up his latest release: “For Now I Am Winter” (Mercury Classics).

“…insanely beautiful rating 5/5 I’d give it 6/5 if it were possible!” (Yorkshire Times)

Born 1986 in the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, a few kilometers outside of Reykjavík, composer/performer Ólafur Arnalds has always enjoyed pushing boundaries with both his studio work and live-shows. He has built up a dedicated international following and is well established for his genre-crossing compositions blending classical, pop and ambient/electronica influences to a unique musical language.

Arnalds journey has not been the typical path for classical composers – beginning his music career instead as a drummer for metal bands. In 2004, Arnalds was asked to write instrumentals for the album of metal band, Heaven Shall Burn.  This led to more work in the field of neo-classical strings and piano based music, and ultimately the release of “Eulogy for Evolution”.  He has since written eight albums, several film scores and composed and played in many musicals from styles of prog-rock to electro-pop to classical minimalism.

“Soaring string arrangements, masterfully minimal, poignant piano melodies and crunchy beat loops.” (FBi Radio)

More recently Ólafur has been venturing into the world of films, writing his first Hollywood film score to Another Happy Day. He also had music in the hit film The Hunger Games and has been featured several times on popular American television show So You Think You Can Dance. For 2013 his scores include the music to the new ITV thriller series Broadchurch, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, as well as to the film Gimme Shelter, directed by Ron Krauss and starring Vanessa Hudgens and Brendan Fraser.

“Sometimes a recording will come along which possesses such vitality and strength of purpose that it forces one to look at contemporary music from altogether new perspectives…striking, unique and original rich and seductive soundscapes.” (Gramophone)


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