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valgeir sigurðsson – kvika [bedroom community]

KVIKA is the brand new album by Valgeir Sigurðsson. The music was used as the score for the wartime film MALÁ RÍŠA (Little Kingdom) by Slovakian director Peter Magát, and is now released as written on the composer’s own Bedroom Community label, performed by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra, The University Choir Technik, and a number of Valgeir’s close collaborators from previous projects, including violinist Daniel Pioro. 

KVIKA is the Icelandic word for magma – the molten mantle of the earth that sits below Iceland in giant reserves, prehistoric reservoirs of heat simmering away beneath stoic, frozen landscapes. This record is formed from 21 thoughtful musical stills, isolated feelings captured in sound in which low end modular synth manipulation on a tectonic scale pulses and moves swiftly to underpin Pioro’s soaring solo violin and Valgeir’s cinematic arrangements. The sound is experimental, utterly beautiful, and unmistakably his. 

Valgeir has become a master of sound to get lost in. Through his layering of his collaborators’ instrumental and vocal parts and a nuanced balance of electronic and organic sound, KVIKA is a perfect collection of moments that last only as long as they need before taking us elsewhere. After his award winning album Dissonance, it is a measure of his artistic inclinations that he looks to a shorter form of music making. Where Dissonance overwhelmed the ear with subterranean noise, sounds that seemed to last forever, KVIKA shimmers above the earth, fleeting and momentary.

released March 12, 2021 

KVIKA 
Music by VALGEIR SIGURÐSSON 

Performed by: 

DANIEL PIORO Solo Violin 
ÞÓRUNN ÓSK MARÍNÓSDÓTTIR Viola 
SIGURÐUR BJARKI GUNNARSSON Cello 
FRANCESCO FABRIS Modular Synths 
LIAM BYRNE Viola da Gamba 
VALGEIR SIGURÐSSON Keyboards & Electronics 
SLOVAK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA 
BODAN WARCHAL SLOVAK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 
THE UNIVERSITY CHOIR TECHNIK 

Conductor / Coordinator Orchestra / Choir recording Michal Adamec 
Recorded at Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavík by Valgeir Sigurðsson & Francesco Fabris 
Assistant engineers: Nathan Salon, Demetry Malahoff 
Orchestra and choir recorded at Studio Loft Bratislava by Igor Baar 
Music Coordinator Ondrej Geče 
Produced, Mixed & Mastered at Greenhouse Studios by Valgeir Sigurðsson 

Artwork by 404.zero 
Original footage courtesy of FilmFrame 

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra: 
Violin Juraj Tomka 
Violin Eva Brunclíková 
Violin František Černý 
Violin František Ferienčík 
Violin Marián Hrubý 
Violin Peter Mosoriak 
Violin Milan Adamec 
Violin Jozef OstroluckýHorn Ernest Kollar 
Flute Andrea Adamcová 
Clarinet Juraj Pivoluska 
Clarinet Josef Eliáš 
Horn Marcel Majoroš 
Horn Roman Koza 
Horn Tomáš Horkavý 

Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra: 
Viola Radovan Blahúnka 
Viola Peter Dvorský 
Violoncello Katarína Kozelková 
Violoncello Andrej Gál 
Bass Marián Bujňák 

The University Choir Technik:
Solo soprano Katarína Kvániková
Soprano Martina Berešiková
Soprano Jana Vikrutová
Solo soprano Kristána Gotthardt
Soprano Zuzana Telišková
Alt Radka Blahová
Soprano Martina Jandačková
Alt Diana Dobrucká
Alt Jana Brezinová
Conductor Matúš Uhliarik
Soprano Kristína Slámková
Bas Jacub Kováč
Soprano Júlia Štapánková
Alt Adriana Čatlošová
Bas Francisco Chica García
Tenor Andrej Morávek
Bas Tomáš Novotný
Tenor Matúš Minárik
Tenor Ján Pallo
Alt Petra Kropáček

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