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Ólafur Arnalds

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Born 1986 in the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, a few kilometers outside of Reykjavík, composer/performer Ólafur Arnalds has always enjoyed pushing boundaries with both his studio work and live-shows. Since the release of his debut album “Eulogy for Evolution” in 2007 he has built up a dedicated international following and is well established for his genre-crossing compositions blending classical, pop and ambient/electronica influences to a unique musical language.

Starting out as drummer for several hardcore/metal bands, Ólafur was asked to write instrumental intros and outros for the album “Antigone” of German metal band Heaven Shall Burn. This led to more work in the field of neo-classical strings and piano based music, and ultimately to the release of Eulogy for Evolution and the beginning of Ólafur’s partnership with Berlin based label Erased Tapes. In 2008 he embarked on a tour with fellow Icelanders Sigur Rós.

In 2009 he started a week-long project of composing one track by day, making it immediately
available online to his fans. The collection was later officially released under the title Found
Songs. He repeated the same experiment in 2011 under the title Living Room Songs. Also
in 2009 the ballet Dyad 1909 premiered with a score composed by Ólafur. Choreographed
by Wayne McGregor and performed by Wayne McGregor Random Dance, the ballet was
inspired by Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole in 1909.

In April 2010 Ólafur released his second full-length album entitled …And They Have Escaped

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