Sigur Rós’ LA Philharmonic performances to feature new arrangements by Dan Deacon, Owen Pallett

Nico Muhly, Anna Meredith, and David Lang also collaborated with the Icelandic outfit on new and old material

Sigur Rós
Sigur Rós

    Amongst Sigur Rós’ upcoming tour dates are three special shows with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concerts mark the first time the Icelandic outfit has publicly performed with an orchestra since 2003, but that’s not the only reason the run is a must-see. That’s because Sigur Rós have announced an impressive list of guest arrangers who’ve composed new string arrangements especially for the performances.

    Dan Deacon, Nico Muhly (Björk, Grizzly Bear), and Arcade Fire collaborator Owen Pallett all worked with Sigur Rós on fresh arrangements of both old and new material. Other collaborators include former composer-in-residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Anna Meredith, Pulitzer Prize winner and film scorer David Lang (The Great Beauty, Youth), composer in residence at the Opera Company of Philadelphia Missy Mazzoli, Icelandic composer Páll Ragnar Pálsson, and Daniel Bjarnarson. Bjarnarson has worked with Sigur Rós before, having conducted the recording session for “Ára Bátur” off the band’s 2008 album Með suð í eyrum…

    Taking place April 13th, 14th, and 15th, the trio of unique concerts will each be opened by a different symphonic and choral program. Bjarnason will premiere his new violin concerto performed by Pekka Kuusisto, and a new work by longtime Sigur Rós collaborator Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir of Amiina will also be performed. You can find the complete program schedule for each night below.


    Program Details:
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Sigur Rós
    Schola Cantorum Reykjavík
    Pekka Kuusisto, violin (April 13th)
    Vikingur Ólafsson, piano (April 14th)
    James McVinnie, organ (April 15th)

    Each program preceded by Nordic Affect chamber music program.

    Program 1 (April 13th):
    Schola Cantorum Reykjavík (a capella choral works TBD)
    Hlynur Aðils VILMARSSON BD
    Daníel BJARNASON Violin Concerto (LA Phil commission; world premiere) Pekka Kuusisto, violin
    Daníel BJARNASON Emergence (US premiere)
    Sigur Rós works

    Program 2 (April 14th):
    Schola Cantorum Reykjavík (a capella choral works TBD)
    Anna THORVALDSDOTTIR Airiality
    Haukur TÓMASSON Piano Concerto (LA Phil co-commission; U.S. premiere)
    Vikingur Ólafsson, piano
    Sigur Rós works


    Program 3 (April 15th):
    Schola Cantorum (a capella choral works TBD)
    María Huld Markan SIGFÚSDÓTTIR Aequora
    LEIFS Organ Concerto
    James McVinnie, organ
    Sigur Rós works

    Update January 18th: As noted above, the debut of Bjarnason commissioned violin concerto for Kuusisto has been removed from the schedule. It will now occur on Tuesday, August 22nd at the Hollywood Bowl with conducter Gustavo Dudamel.

    The Philharmonic shows come at the beginning of Sigur Rós’ upcoming tour schedule. Find their complete itinerary, which includes spots at Hangout and Boston Calling, below.


    Sigur Rós 2017 Tour Dates:
    04/03 – Mexico City, MX @ National Auditorium
    04/04 – Mexico City, MX @ National Auditorium
    04/07 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
    04/08 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
    04/11 – Irvine, CA @ Bren Events Center
    04/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall *
    04/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall *
    04/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall *
    05/20 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
    05/21 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
    05/23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Fox Theatre
    05/25 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
    05/26-28 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
    05/28 – Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach
    05/30 – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts
    06/02 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
    06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
    06/04 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
    06/05 – St Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
    06/07 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
    06/09 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
    06/10 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
    06/12 – Nashville, TN @ Andrew Jackson Hall
    06/13 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theatre
    06/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
    06/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
    06/17 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium

     * = w/ Los Angeles Philharmonic