1. Halldór Smárason - it means what you think it means (world première)

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    'it means what you think it means' is a new work by Halldór Smárason written for piano trio and video. During his residency in Manchester in the fall 2014, Halldór spent his time researching and working on a new piece at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. After going through an excessive amount of Burgess' personal belongings, including handwritten poems, camcorder recordings, musical sketches and instruments among other things, Halldór decided to base his piece on a video footage from one of Burgess' numerous interviews on American television, where acoustic music and quotes from the interview echo each other and create a unity. © Halldór Smárason ABOUT THE COMPOSER: Halldór Smárason Halldór Smárason was born in Iceland in 1989. He completed an Advanced Level Piano Examination in the spring of 2009 concurrently with his college graduation, and holds a B.A.-degree in composition from the Iceland Academy of the Arts and a M.M. degree in classical composition from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied as a Fulbright-grantee. Through the years his main teachers include Sigríður Ragnarsdóttir pianist, and the composers Tryggvi M. Baldvinsson and Atli Ingólfsson. Halldór has worked with many renowned artists, including Caput, Oslo Sinfonietta, MSM Symphony, Daniel Lippel, Reykjavík's Trio, Duo Harpverk, Elektra Ensemble, The Iceland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble NeoN, Marco Fusi and Ensemble ACJW. Halldór has participated at the Ung Nordisk Musik 2013 and 2014, Nordic Cool in 2013, Sonic Festival 3.0 in 2014 and was a composer-in-residence at Við Djúpið 2011 and Podium Festival 2014. Through the years Halldór has performed on numerous occasions as a soloist or as part of various groups. In addition to performances, Halldór has appeared on several recordings of musical CD’s. Halldór Smárason commissioned in partnership with Curated Place. www.CuratedPlace.com Collaborative Compositions invites mid-career composers to develop new works with leading ensembles across Europe as part of the Moving Classics European Network for New Music established by Curated Place.

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    • Jack White - Islands (Ynysoedd) 2013. Commissioned by Curated Place for the South Iceland Chamber Choir

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      Composer: Jack White Choirmaster and Conductor: Hilmar Örn Agnarsson Soloist: Björg Thorhallsdottir This piece was developed through Curated Place’s international residency programme Collaborative Compositions. During 2013 White undertook three residencies: the first in Manchester with choirmaster Hilmar Örn Agnarsson; and the second and third in Reykjavik, working closely with the South Iceland Chamber Choir, where he developed and finalised his score. "In this new work I have been inspired by trying to find sounds that represent the three physical states of water. Linking the choir’s overall sound to their imagined physical state has proved an interesting challenge. The transition between these states and their sound-controlling parameters has so far been a fantastic musical journey.” - Jack White (http://www.jacknotchris.com) við sáum hana yfir tjörnunum dansandi eins og álft og skuggi af álft hún letraði í flötinn með spegilmynd sinni: “af vatni ertu kominn að vatni skaltu aftur verða” við urðum að vatni við erum lækurinn og fleytum að lófa þínum fjöðrinni björtu sem hún felldi þér af væng sínum We saw her over the mere dancing like a swan as a shadow of a swan she inscribed the surface like a reflection in a mirror: “of water, thou art and unto water shalt thou return“ we became water We are the stream and float the bright feather towards the palm of your hand that fell out of her wing -Sjón Dyn wy’ ‘ngharchar dan aeaf Ar hir hawddamor i’r haf Man is imprisoned by winter and longs for the sweet release of summer -Dafydd ap Gwilym Water makes many beds for those averse to sleep -Emily Dickinson All that’s beautiful drifts away Like water -W B Yeats Clear blood, Drawer of the moon, And stiller of the sun -Jack White The lover is always alone, even surrounded by people, like water and oil, he remains apart -Jalaluddin Rumi As part of the Curated Place production focused residency programme we invited British composer Jack White to work with the South Iceland Chamber Choir (SICC) resulting in the production of his new work “Islands (Ynysoedd)” heralded as “terrifically imaginative and effective” by The Daily Telegraph. This opportunity was made possible when in Spring 2013 we began working with Sound and Music, Arts Council England and Hilmar Örn Agnarsson, founder and conductor of the South Iceland Chamber Choir (SICC), to create new international professional development opportunities for the best of British musical talent. White’s work went on to feature in the touring programme of the SICC throughout 2014 at the following festivals: Reykjavik Arts Festival (22nd May-5th June) Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival (23 May-7th June) Umeå International Choir Festival as part of the European Capital of Culture 2014 (17-21 June) The success of working with White has allowed us to extend the programme with Collaborative Compositions 2014 being supported by Nordic Culture Point. Jack White studied music at Somerville College, Oxford. His postgraduate studies have been undertaken solely at Cardiff University where he has recently finished his PhD in composition. His research interests are in electroacoustic composition and the combination of this media with traditional ensembles in ‘live’ performance. He is also interested in the scoring methods used by electroacoustic composers and the relationship between such methods and a work’s identity.

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      • Jessie Kleemann, Seal Blubber Installation - North Atlantic Pavilion, Liverpool Biennial 2012

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        North Atlantic Pavilion ‘Hospitality’ As part of City States, Liverpool Biennial 2012 curatedplace.com The inaugural North Atlantic Pavilion brings together artists from Greenland, Iceland and the Faroes as part of 'City States' at this year’s Liverpool Biennial. Hosted in the ex-Royal Mail Sorting Office at Copperas Hill, the exhibition features new works from artists including Sigurdur Gudjónsson (Iceland), Hanni Bjartalíð (Faroe Islands) and Jessie Kleemann (Greenland). Jessie Kleemann (b. 1959, Upernavik, Greenland) lives and works in Copenhagen. She works with performance art, paint and is also a poet. During performances Jessie works with traditional and contemporary Inuit themes, mixing video/film and music, poetry and dance. Kleemann has appeared in numerous international exhibition spaces, in remote villages in Greenland, and she is a regular guest-wolf of the international performance art group The Wolf in the Winter. Jessie bases new installations and performance on the importance of sea blubber to Greenlandic culture and its duality of aggression and aesthetics. The exhibition also features a recent video work, and a live performance by the artist. Kleemann uses shamanistic rituals as a mode of expression through performance to create a new form of artistic language. Inuit traditions and beliefs in spiritual beings are given new life. She often performs in elegant silk robes and recklessly dances with blubber and meat, creating a unique expression that harnesses the unique polarities between materials and that is simultaneously repulsive and captivating. This event is curated By NICE (Nordic Intercultural Creative Events) and Curated Place. The North Atlantic Pavilion is supported by the Nordic Cultural Fund and the Kulturkontakt Norden Culture and Art Programme.

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        • Secret City Zoetermeer: Van Omme & De Groot - City explorations with Curatedplace.com and AndrewBrooksPhotography.com

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          A short clip from our adventures during "Secret City Zoetermeer" with Andrew Brooks in 2011. Joined by Coert Gummels from our hosts Stadsmuseum Zoetermeer we were shown around the Van Omme & De Groot Oosterheem development on the north east side of the city. All was going fine as we headed up the 85m tower crane until things get a little hairy around 3.55...

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          • The South Iceland Chamber Choir perform Sir John Tavener's Three Shakespeare Sonnets - Sonnet III. World premiere performance

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            Choirmaster and Conductor: Hilmar Örn Agnarsson Soloists: Tui Herv, Elisabet Einarsdóttir, Henrietta Ósk Gunnarsdóttir Sir John Tavener gave the Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland the great honour of premiering his new compositions “Three Shakespeare Sonnets”, as well as directing choirmaster Agnarsson to create the definitive sound for his works. The premiere at Southwark Cathedral on the 15th November 2013 became an emotional memorial to the composer when he sadly passed away in the week preceding the concert. The choir’s collaboration with Tavener dates back to the year 2004 when the SICC performed the first complete concert of the composer’s works in Iceland. That concert included the premier performance of the work “Schuon Hymnen”. In November 2010 Tavener made his first visit to Iceland to attend the launch concert for “Iepo Oneipo”. The record was chosen as CD of the month by Gramophone magazine in October 2010 and was nominated for the best album award in the contemporary and classical music category of the 2011 Icelandic Music Awards. The performance at Southwark realised the culmination of almost a decade of collaboration and provided a unique opportunity to experience Tavener’s work performed by a choir selected by the composer himself. "The Three Shakespeare Sonnets was one of the first works that I composed after my serious illness in 2007. I wanted to pay tribute to my wife, Maryanna, who nursed me back to some degree of health, so I turned to the Shakespeare Sonnets and was delighted to find that they brought forth music once again, after having been silent for so long.” - Sir John Tavener (1944-2013) Sonnet III Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest Now is the time that face should form another; Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest, Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother, For where is she so fair whose unear’d womb Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry? Or who is he so fond will be the tomb Of his self-love, to stop posterity? Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee Calls back the lovely April of her prime: So thou through windows of thine age shall see Despite of wrinkles this thy golden time. But if thou live, remember’d not to be, Die single, and thine image dies with thee. Sir John Tavener (1944-2013) The South Iceland Chamber Choir enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Sir John Tavener. In 2004 they gave the first complete concert of the composer’s works in Iceland which included the premiere of Schuon Hymnen commissioned by the choir. In 2010 Tavener made his first visit to Iceland to attend the premiere of Iepo Oneipo, also performed by the SICC, the recording of which received rave reviews in the UK and Iceland. Tavener was one of the best known and regarded composers of his generation. In his pursuit of creating a “window of sound to the divine world”, Tavener explored religious traditions from Orthodox Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. His many works have been performed worldwide and his connection to Iceland also includes a piece written for and performed by Björk in 2004.

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            • The South Iceland Chamber Choir perform Sir John Tavener's Three Shakespeare Sonnets - Sonnet LXXI. World premiere performance

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              Choirmaster and Conductor: Hilmar Örn Agnarsson Soloists: Tui Herv, Elisabet Einarsdóttir, Henrietta Ósk Gunnarsdóttir Sir John Tavener gave the Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland the great honour of premiering his new compositions “Three Shakespeare Sonnets”, as well as directing choirmaster Agnarsson to create the definitive sound for his works. The premiere at Southwark Cathedral on the 15th November 2013 became an emotional memorial to the composer when he sadly passed away in the week preceding the concert. The choir’s collaboration with Tavener dates back to the year 2004 when the SICC performed the first complete concert of the composer’s works in Iceland. That concert included the premier performance of the work “Schuon Hymnen”. In November 2010 Tavener made his first visit to Iceland to attend the launch concert for “Iepo Oneipo”. The record was chosen as CD of the month by Gramophone magazine in October 2010 and was nominated for the best album award in the contemporary and classical music category of the 2011 Icelandic Music Awards. The performance at Southwark realised the culmination of almost a decade of collaboration and provided a unique opportunity to experience Tavener’s work performed by a choir selected by the composer himself. "The Three Shakespeare Sonnets was one of the first works that I composed after my serious illness in 2007. I wanted to pay tribute to my wife, Maryanna, who nursed me back to some degree of health, so I turned to the Shakespeare Sonnets and was delighted to find that they brought forth music once again, after having been silent for so long.” - Sir John Tavener (1944-2013) Sonnet LXXI No longer mourn for me when I am dead Then you shall hear the surly sullen bell Give warning to the world that I am fled From this vile world, with vilest worms to dwell: Nay, if you read this line, remember not The hand that writ it; for I love you so That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot If thinking on me then should make you woe. O, if, I say, you look upon this verse When I perhaps compounded am with clay, Do not so much as my poor name rehearse. But let your love even with my life decay, Lest the wise world should look into your moan And mock you with me after I am gone. Sir John Tavener (1944-2013) The South Iceland Chamber Choir enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Sir John Tavener. In 2004 they gave the first complete concert of the composer’s works in Iceland which included the premiere of Schuon Hymnen commissioned by the choir. In 2010 Tavener made his first visit to Iceland to attend the premiere of Iepo Oneipo, also performed by the SICC, the recording of which received rave reviews in the UK and Iceland. Tavener was one of the best known and regarded composers of his generation. In his pursuit of creating a “window of sound to the divine world”, Tavener explored religious traditions from Orthodox Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. His many works have been performed worldwide and his connection to Iceland also includes a piece written for and performed by Björk in 2004.

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              • The South Iceland Chamber Choir perform Sir John Tavener's Three Shakespeare Sonnets - Sonnet XVIII. World premiere performance

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                Choirmaster and Conductor: Hilmar Örn Agnarsson Soloists: Tui Herv, Elisabet Einarsdóttir, Henrietta Ósk Gunnarsdóttir Sir John Tavener gave the Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland the great honour of premiering his new compositions “Three Shakespeare Sonnets”, as well as directing choirmaster Agnarsson to create the definitive sound for his works. The premiere at Southwark Cathedral on the 15th November 2013 became an emotional memorial to the composer when he sadly passed away in the week preceding the concert. The choir’s collaboration with Tavener dates back to the year 2004 when the SICC performed the first complete concert of the composer’s works in Iceland. That concert included the premier performance of the work “Schuon Hymnen”. In November 2010 Tavener made his first visit to Iceland to attend the launch concert for “Iepo Oneipo”. The record was chosen as CD of the month by Gramophone magazine in October 2010 and was nominated for the best album award in the contemporary and classical music category of the 2011 Icelandic Music Awards. The performance at Southwark realised the culmination of almost a decade of collaboration and provided a unique opportunity to experience Tavener’s work performed by a choir selected by the composer himself. “The Three Shakespeare Sonnets was one of the first works that I composed after my serious illness in 2007. I wanted to pay tribute to my wife, Maryanna, who nursed me back to some degree of health, so I turned to the Shakespeare Sonnets and was delighted to find that they brought forth music once again, after having been silent for so long.” - Sir John Tavener (1944-2013) Sonnet XVIII Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm’d; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d; But thy eternal summer shall not fade Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growest: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee. Sir John Tavener (1944-2013) The South Iceland Chamber Choir enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Sir John Tavener. In 2004 they gave the first complete concert of the composer’s works in Iceland which included the premiere of Schuon Hymnen commissioned by the choir. In 2010 Tavener made his first visit to Iceland to attend the premiere of Iepo Oneipo, also performed by the SICC, the recording of which received rave reviews in the UK and Iceland. Tavener was one of the best known and regarded composers of his generation. In his pursuit of creating a “window of sound to the divine world”, Tavener explored religious traditions from Orthodox Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. His many works have been performed worldwide and his connection to Iceland also includes a piece written for and performed by Björk in 2004.

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                • Van Omme & De Groot - On top of the crane - Secret City Zoetermeer

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                  After our hair-raising journey up the crane lift we headed up through the driver's cab on to the back of the crane. Shooting off the back of a working crane raised a number of issues - not least the amount of movement both horizontally and vertically - every time the driver picked up a new load and moved it into place on site. Its for this reason only that you can see Andrew hanging on to any static surface for dear life at the start of the video.

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