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Credo & Riceboy Sleeps (live stream)

26th Nov 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

New York’s WQXR streamed the Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival live, and it is still available as streaming (or download if you’re crafty).  The White Light Festival was the world premiere of Credo from Kjartan Sveinsson and Jónsi Birgisson, from the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós.

Kjartan’s Credo and Cage a Swallow Can’t You but you Can’t Swallow a Cage features the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra led by Jeffrey Milarsky.   Later in the stream features an interview with Jónsi & Alex and their world premiere of their Riceboy Sleeps songs in a live setting, orchestrated by David Handler.

Check out the stream here:

~Dan – np: Iron & WineWalking Far From Home


How do you say “four” in Icelandic?

28th May 09 (Thu) Leave a comment

(Jónsi with Sigur Rós in Portland, Oct 2008)

Well, 2009/2010 is bound to be a good period for things Sigur Rós‘ related.  I had heard about the first three, but just found out about the fourth item.  It was the icing on the cake…

  1. Sigur Rós singer/guitarist Jónsi Birgisson and longtime partner Alex Somers are on the cusp of releasing the audio debut from their collaboration Riceboy Sleeps (they released a small arty booklet a year or two ago).  The first leak was on the recent Dark Was the Night compilation (with Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, The National, Iron & Wine, David Byrne, The Decemberists, etc).  Read more about Riceboy Sleeps here.
  2. Jónsi also has a solo album in the works.  While being called “ecstatic,” being the voice of Sigur Rós, I doubt it’ll fall too far from the tree.  Read more about Jónsi solo here.
  3. Keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson also has his musical pen in the solo work well… he’s writing the score for the film OdineRead more about Kjartan’s score here.
  4. And… Sigur Rós are in the studio working on their 6th (traditional) studio album, the follow-up to last year’s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust.  Not much in as far as details, outside of it being “melodic but much less noisy and more ‘out there’ than previous albums.”  This excites me, as I loved Takk and Med sud, I loved-loved-loved-loved the more “out there-ness” of Ágætis Byrjun & ( ).  This album is expected sometime in 2010.  This was originally posted on

~Dan – np: Dave Douglas QuintetLive at Jazz Standard, 12/8/06 (Set 3)

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