Listasafn Islands

The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival - Concert program in Hafnahús 10-13 August

The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival examines the fusion between classical and contemporary music and art and encourages conversation between musicians, performers and composers. The festival’s main emphasis is on nurturing the grassroots, therefore young international musicians and composers carry the weight of the festival. Fifteen concerts take place from August 7th – 17th as well as numerous lectures and workshops. For more information see

This year The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival collaborates with The Reykjavík Art Museum and Hafnarhús will be the venue for a progressive concert program from 10th - 13th of August.

Tickets for concerts on 10th and 12th of August are kr. 2500/1500 but admission is free August 13th.


August 10
Hafnarhús 8 p.m.

Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir harp
Matthias Engler percussion

James Tenney (1934-2006) -Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion (1971) for tam tam solo.
John Cage (1912-1992) -In a Landscape (1948) for harp solo.
Alvin Lucier (1931)-Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra (1988) for amplified triangle solo.

August 12
Hafnarhús 8 p.m.

Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir piano
Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason violin
Guðný Þóra Guðmundsdóttir violin
Viktor Orri Árnason viola
Úlfur Alexander Einarsson
Þráinn Hjálmarsson

Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) -Erratum Musical (1913).
John Cage (1912-1992) -Music For Marcel Duchamp (1947).
Takehisa Kosugi -Distance for piano (to David Tudor) (1965).
Helmut Lachenmann -Guero for piano (1969).
Alison Knowles (1933) -Newspaper Music (1965).
Dick Higgins (1938 - 1998) -Danger Music #17 (1962).
Olaf Nicolai (1962) -Diaphanous Backpackers (2013).
Þráinn Hjálmarsson (1987) -Teikning (2013).

August 13
Hafnarhús 5 p.m.

Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir, Matthias Engler, Gyða Valtýsdóttir, Shahzad Ismaily and  participants of The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival

Concert with the outcome of workshops in improvisation and contemporary music.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 03.35.2015