Sigur Ros Announce Special Guests For Upcoming Shows

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(Biz3) Sigur Ros have announced that their upcoming performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic will feature new string arrangements by a cadre of guests that includes electronic composer Dan Deacon; multi-disciplinary composer Nico Muhly (Björk, Grizzly Bear, Jónsi); the Polaris Prize winning Arcade Fire collaborator Owen Pallett; plus former composer-in-residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Anna Meredith.

There will also be arrangements by the Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang, who also scored Paolo Sorrenti's most recent movies (The Great Beauty and Youth); Opera Company of Philadelphia composer in residence, Missy Mazzoli; Icelandic composer Páll Ragnar Pálsson; and Daniel Bjarnarson, who first worked with Sigur Rós when he conducted the session on the band's song "Ára Bátur" at London's Abbey Road for the Með suð í eyrum...album in 2008, and is co-curator of the Disney Hall's Reykjavík Festival.
The guest arrangers are collaborating with the band on a selection of both old and new songs for the group's three special performances at the Philharmonic's Reykjavík Festival. The shows will also mark the first time the band have played publicly with an orchestra since performances of their unreleased work Odin's Raven Magic in 2002-3.

Each Sigur Rós performance (April 13, 14, 15) will be prefaced by a different symphonic and choral program,including new work from long-term Sigur Rós collaborator and Amiina member Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, as well as pieces from Anna Þorvaldsdóttirand and Jón Leifs.

In addition, the orchestra will also present the world premier of a new violin concerto from Daníel Bjarnason, performed by Pekka Kuusisto, and the U.S. premieres of Haukur Tómasson's piano concerto, with Icelandic soloist Vikingur Ólafsson, and Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson's BD. (see full schedule below)

The Reykjavík Festival is designed as an exploration of the eclectic Icelandic music scene, highlighting the creativity thriving in Reykjavík and covering a wide spectrum of music, from chamber, choral and symphonic to pop music.

Thursday, April 13
Friday, April 14
Saturday, April 15
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Sigur Rós
Schola Cantorum Reykjavík
Pekka Kuusisto, violin (April 13)
Vikingur Ólafsson, piano (April 14)
James McVinnie, organ (April 15)

Each program preceded by Nordic Affect chamber music program.

Program 1 (April 13):
Schola Cantorum Reykjavík (a capella choral works TBD)
Daníel BJARNASON Violin Concerto (LA Phil commission; world premiere) Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Sigur Rós works

Program 2 (April 14):
Schola Cantorum Reykjavík (a capella choral works TBD)
Haukur TÓMASSON Piano Concerto (LA Phil co-commission; U.S. premiere)
Vikingur Ólafsson, piano
Sigur Rós works

Program 3 (April 15):
Schola Cantorum (a capella choral works TBD)
María Huld Markan SIGFÚSDÓTTIR Aequora
LEIFS Organ Concerto
James McVinnie, organ
Sigur Rós works


4/7 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
4/8 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
4/11 - Irvine, CA - Bren Events Center
4/13 - 4/15 - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall (accompanied by LA Philharmonic)
5/20 - Gulf Shores - Hangout Fest
5/21 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
5/23 - Atlanta, GA - The Fox Theatre
5/25 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
5/28 - Toronto, ON - TD Echo Beach
5/30 - Montreal, QC - Place des Arts
6/2 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre
6/3 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre
6/4 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre
6/5 - St Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
6/7 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
6/9 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater
6/10 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater
6/12 - Nashville, TN - Andrew Jackson Hall
6/13 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre
6/15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
6/16 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts
6/17 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium

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