I was lucky enough to be contacted by the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra (Kammersveit Reykjavíkur) last spring for a work to go with their programme at the Grand Final concert of the 2019 Dark Music Days in Reykjavík, held at the beautiful Kaldalón Hall in Harpa. Composers Anna Thorvaldsdóttir and Hugi Guðmundsson were also featured, so I was in very good company indeed. I was happy to rearrange my 2012 work “Penelopeia” for RCO. They premiered it under the new titled “Vefur/Loom”, for flute, Bb clarinet/bass clarinet, percussion, electric guitar, violin and cello. Conductor was the very talented Bjarni Frímann, assistant conductor to the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. The concert went very well and I was happy with the outcome.
Recently I found this review by 5against4.com:
“The final day of Iceland’s 2019 Dark Music Days festival was characterised by a back-and-forth between prosaic and profound. […] Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson’s new work Loom (Vefur) [...] made a striking impression [...] The orchestra [...] struck an interesting balance between sounding individual and acting as a group.”
Full article: 5against4.com