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Bára Gísladóttir & Skúli Sverrisson

  • MENGI 2 Óðinsgata Reykjavík, 101 Iceland (map)

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Margrómaða tónskáldið og kontrabassaleikarinn Bára Gísladóttir kemur fram með bassaleikaranum og tónskáldinu Skúla Sverrissyni laugardaginn 23. mars í Mengi.

Tónleikarnir eru hluti af dagskrá Mengi fyrir menningarsjóðinn puls.

Umfjöllun (á ensku) um tónleika þeirra -

Hurð opnar 20:30 - Tónleikar hefjast 21:00 - Miðaverð 2500kr

Mynd eftir Jim Bennett

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Award winning, Danish-based double bassist and composer Bára Gísladóttir will be performing together with acclaimed Icelandic bassist and composer Skúli Sverrisson on Saturday 23rd March at Mengi.

This concert is part of Mengi's curated programme as a concert promoter for puls.

"Recordings of Gísladóttir and Sverrisson’s collaborative works have yet to materialize, making their performance at KEX a special treat. Their set was completely improvisational, creating their cacophonous sounds right before our eyes. The two hardly ever connected their eyes while they played, but never did they feel out of sync. What's even more astounding is how the two blended so well while taking drastically different approaches with their instruments. Gísladóttir's playing is immensely physical, gripping her double bass with icy intensity. In her hands, the instrument screeches, twists, and contorts and fills the room with its powerful bombast. Her eyebrows flicker when she hits a particularly gnarly note. Or notes, as is often the case. The chords she'd manifest are harsh and unfamiliar, a delightfully alien sound. Her movements with the bow felt like a saw, grinding against the strings as if to cut through the strings.

In contrast, Sverrisson's playing was almost tender – although still decidedly ominous. Playing a six-string electric bass, he'd steadily pluck the strings and create a wondrous rumble. His notes would bellow in the room, echoing at a tone that hit your body like a bad feeling in your gut. It was like a premonition of danger, the parts in a film score that warn you that things are about to get dicey in the coming scene. The contrast of him moving so effortlessly with his fingers on the strings and frets – soft and fluid, never strenuous – to the ominous sounds he was creating was striking, to say the least."


Doors 20:30 - Show Starts 21:00 - Tickets 2500kr

Photo by Jim Bennett

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