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Album Review

Olafur Arnalds: some kind of peace

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Amid a global pandemic that has put the world to a halt, Islandic composer Olafur Arnalds arrives with some kind of peace, his most ravishing work to date. Arnalds has always been a thoughtful artist who has worked with fertile concepts that have broadened his reach. That was most evident on his previous record re:member, where not only did he broaden his own reach but his ambitions' scale as well with the invention of the stratus piano. As a result, ...


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Olafur Arnalds: Music and Art are Most Important in Times like These

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Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds has been described as a contemporary composer and synthesist, but that doesn't adequately reflect the alchemy of modern and traditional that he is able to blend on his new record, some kind of peace (Mercury KX, 2020). The album is steeped in reflective and introspective emotions, and themes that provide an underlying narrative. Cinematic in its scope and scrupulous in its detail some kind of peace has a melancholy beautiful yet is an uplifting album. Characteristically, ...


Live Review

Ólafur Arnalds at Sava Centar, Serbia

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Ólafur Arnalds Sava Centar Belgrade, Serbia November 20, 2019 Two stops before the end of his 18-month world tour, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and his band brought amazing sounds and otherworldly visuals to Belgrade. The long and successful world tour was in support of his fantastic ambient album re:member (2018) and brought Arnalds to Serbia for the first time. His reputation as a composer and performer has been building over the years ...


Album Review

Ólafur Arnalds: Re:member and String Quartets

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With each release, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds goes from strength to strength. Over the years, he has drawn from varied experiences in different genres of music, and as a result he has steered away from straightforward orchestrations and obvious classical experimentation and has favored a hybrid sound that intertwines electronics with acoustic instruments. As such he has become a part of a generation of a new and innovative breed of neoclassical composers such as Max Richter, the late Johann Johannson, ...


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