Iceland, as an ever-evolving, ceaselessly-driven proof that greatness comes from small packages, has arisen from conditions of abject poverty and simple church-centred music-making, as a to-be-reckoned-with musical force in the world. From Bjork to Sigur Ros, composers Hilda Gudnadottir (Joker) to Johann Johannsson (Theory of Everything), Olafur Arnalds to Vikingur Olafsson, v-games to prosthetics, geothermal power to recycling, natural wonders to the earliest foundations of democratic government, equitable gender pay to generous social welfare for families and so much more, this small island country of 340,000 (less than the City of Victoria, B.C.) has, for many years, quietly led the world as a tireless creative force of nature.
Journey to the Centre of the Musicverse explores the topics of music creativity in isolation in small communities and will focus discussion, and attempted prognostication, on where artist-controlled music creation and the art of live performance is going in the future.
Join host David Visentin (Victoria Conservatory of Music), Vancouver Recital Society resident musicologist Donald Gislason, director/cinematographer/producer/artist Bowen Staines, members of post-metal band Solstafir and very special guests from Iceland, and around the world, in an anticipated molten-lively online forum from the Victoria Conservatory of Music on Zoom – January 21, 2021 at 12:00PM PST.
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