Date and Time
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 12:00am
Valgeir Sigurðsson Valgeir Sigurðsson will perform with violist Nadia Sirota.Architecture of Loss by Valgeir SigurðssonAbout Valgeir SigurðssonValgeir Sigurðsson's boundless approach to music informs his work as composer, musician, engineer and mixer. In high demand as a producer, Valgeir has spent over a decade cultivating projects by diverse international artists whilst developing his own particular magic brand of recording artistry - now with three solo albums to his name. Valgeir is the founder of the Bedroom Community record label as well as Iceland's top recording facility Greenhouse Studios where his collaborators include Björk, Kronos Quartet, Feist, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Camille, CocoRosie, The Magic Numbers, múm and many others. Valgeir's formative years in a small Icelandic village proved fertile soil for his forays into self-taught recording technology; he studied classical guitar and plays keyboards, bass, percussion as well as electronics/programming. In 1991 he earned a Tonmeister degree from London's SAE Institute. His career flourished in 1998 when fellow countrywoman Björk requested him as engineer and programmer for Lars Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark soundtrack, a monumental project that combined Valgeir's passion for electronic, orchestral and film music. The soundtrack's "I've Seen It All," Björk's duet with Thom Yorke, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Valgeir's musical relationship as one of Björk's primary studio collaborators thrived through contributions to her albums Selmasongs, Vespertine, Medúlla, and Drawing Restraint 9. Valgeir founded record label and collective Bedroom Community in 2006; the label is home to Sam Amidon and Ben Frost and has launched the solo recording careers of Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason, Puzzle Muteson, Paul Corley and Valgeir himself. After years of success in the recording industry, Valgeir debuted his own album Ekvílibríum, which The Fader magazine heralded as "a singular album, as ornate as it is direct." In 2009, collective members Valgeir and Muhly co-composed and premiered Scent Opera for New York City's Guggenheim Museum. In all of his projects, Valgeir bends and blends familiar sounds to expose the new within the known, lending depth to pop and mainstream music through care and an ear for esoteric, eclectic sonic experimentation. His aural oeuvre and collaborative contributions collide organic with synthetic, acoustic with digital, connection with isolation, and domestic with ethereal - resulting in a body of work ripe with emotion, curiosity, and humanity.About Nadia Sirota Hailed by the New York Times as "a bold new-music interpreter and the violist of choice among downtown ensembles these days," violist Nadia Sirota has been praised for her "command and eloquence," (Boston Globe) and for being one of New York's "brightest, busiest players" (Time Out New York). She is best known for her unique interpretations of new scores and for commissioning and premiering works by some of the most talented composers of her generation, including Marcos Balter, Caleb Burhans, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Nico Muhly. Her debut album, First Things First "a collection of vital, imaginative recent scores" was a New York Times 2009 record of the year. A regular guest with such groups as The Meredith Monk Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound and Continuum, she is a founding member of ACME (the American Contemporary Music Ensemble), yMusic, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. In addition to performing classical concert music, Nadia has performed with such songwriters and bands as Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Stars of the Lid, The Swell Season, Sam Amidon, Doveman, Bryce Dessner, Gabriel Kahane, Ben Frost, and Valgeir Sigurðsson, and can be heard on new and recent albums by Grizzly Bear, Jónsi, The National, Ratatat, Doveman, My Brightest Diamond, and Arcade Fire's Grammy-winning album The Suburbs.