The orchestra has been commissioned to reinterpret the hypnotic electronics of Kelly Lee Owens’ version of ‘Arpeggi’ by Radiohead and the immersive poignancy of Duval Timothy’s ‘Look’. These meditative pieces accompany the first UK performance of a magnum opus from Sigur Rós guitarist Kjartan Sveinsson. Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen (‘The Explosive Sonics of Divinity’) is described by Sveinsson as a ‘four-act opera’. This rare first-time performance brings out two major influences on Sveinsson’s approach to composition, the natural landscape of his home country, Iceland, and the explosive sounds of Sigur Rós. Leading vocal groups VOCES8 and Apollo5 perform world premiere arrangements of music by two of Iceland’s most-loved contemporary music artists. Robert Ames reconstructs ‘Ascent’ by the Oscar-winning composer behind the 2019 Joker score, Hildur Gudnadóttir, and ‘momentary’ by Ólafur Arnalds.
This event is streamed on March 19th-20th. To book and find out more follow this link: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/gigs/london-contemporary-orchestra
Supported by Arts Council England.