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ReportÓlafur ArnaldsÓlafur Arnalds

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  • Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Label: erased tapes records

Born in 1986, lafur hails from the suburban Icelandic town, Mosfellsbær, just a few kilometres outside of Reykjavík. He has immersed himself in a world of delicate symphonic compositions generating near weightless orchestral pieces. Arnalds explores the crossover from classical to pop by mixing chamber strings and piano with discreet electronics. His motivations are clear: "The classical scene is kind of closed to people who haven't been studying music all their lives. I would like to bring my classical influence to the people who don't usually listen to this kind of music…open people's minds."

Through relentless touring and determination this young artist has steadily gained recognition worldwide since his 2007 debut 'Eulogy for Evolution'. He has sold out some of the world's most renowned music venues, including Barbican Hall in London, supporting fellow Icelanders Sigur Rós on their most recent European shows. The 2008 follow-up EP 'Variations of Static' earned lafur acclaim from both the contemporary and classical field - transcending a traditional divide.

With the next full-length release due this spring, lafur conceived 'Found Songs' as a way to collate several lost and found musical sketches and ideas in a 'very challenging, but fun' series. He created, recorded and released online for free, one song per day for a week. The experiment offers its listeners an intimate insight into lafur Arnalds' creative world - so far more than 300.000 people downloaded the 'Found Songs' series via foundsongs.erasedtapes.com.

lafur recently finished his highly anticipated second full-length album '…and they have escaped the weight of darkness' with the help of co-producer Barði Jóhannsson (Bang Gang). The long-player is due for a spring 2010 release, accompanied by an extensive world tour starting with China in late March, Europe mainland throughout May. UK and North American dates in Autumn.


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  • Sacagawea's picture
    Left by Sacagawea, on Mar 27, 2010 - 14:16
    Your songs are fantastic. So I pre-ordered the new cd. Are you also intending to visit the Netherlands on tour?
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    Glad you're here
    Left by geronimodeleon, on Feb 22, 2010 - 7:57
    I join the chorus of those happy to see you here.
    Thanks for the beautiful work!
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  • Left by sunslide, on Feb 18, 2010 - 9:17
    and here we have a version of 3055 that you would not recognise. please thanks you
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    Left by xyresic, on Feb 12, 2010 - 21:20
    Great to see you here : )
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  • Left by Rafael, on Feb 9, 2010 - 18:27
    AMAZING!!! And be welcome! :)
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    Left by woodjean, on Feb 9, 2010 - 17:26
    So glad you're here. Your music is beautiful.
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    Left by Digdug, on Feb 9, 2010 - 17:17
    great to see you here Olafur, I'm especially pleased that I got to add 3055 to my classical playlist :-)
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  • Sacagawea's picture
    Left by Sacagawea, on Feb 9, 2010 - 12:45
    What a pleasure to have you here with your beautiful songs!
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    Left by Sally, on Feb 9, 2010 - 12:41
    Oh wow!!! It's absolutely fantastic to see you here!!!!!
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