Harpa Celebrates Alternative Music

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Harpa Celebrates Alternative Music

The Tectonics Music Festival is held in the Harpa music hall and conference center - Iceland’s home to musicians - this weekend.

The festival is organized by Stefán Jón Bernharðsson, who plays the French horn in the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.

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Harpa. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

“We’re doing everything we were told not to do in the conservatory”, he told reporters Ástríður Viðarsdóttir og Egill Eðvarsson on news magazine Kastljós on RÚV.

The star of the show is modern music by two composers, the late John Cage and Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson. John Cage is an American composer who would have celebrated a centennial birthday this year, and Jóhannsson is an Icelandic pioneer in the field of electronic music.

The festival commenced last Thursday on March 1 with a program dedicated to John Cage. The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra played the works of Cage on the main stage of Eldborg, or the city of fire, Harpa's biggest music hall. On Friday the program was dedicated to Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson and the evening schedule included a performance of his works.

Today is the last day of the festival and the theme of the day is "different directions". The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra will play for audience in Eldborg at 5 pm followed by a performance in Norðurljós recital hall. At 8 pm, performers John Tilbury and Oren Ambarchi will improvise on piano and electric guitar in Eldborg.

Click on the link to see the whole program for tonight.

Tickets can be purchased online and on location in Harpa for ISK 2500.

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