kjartan sveinsson showcases his most ambitious musical work since leaving sigur rós in the shape of a collaborative theatre-set piece with iceland’s foremost contemporary artist, ragnar kjartansson. der klang der offenbarung des göttlichen (the explosive sonics of divinity) has its world premiere at berlin’s volksbühne theatre tomorrow (feb 19), with further performances set for thursday (20), feb 28 and mar 1 and 16.
inspired by the novel world light by nobel laureate icelandic writer halldor laxness, the piece features kjartan’s compositions in place of actors speaking lines, its series of stage paintings from ragnar said to represent “an over-romantic symphony of tableau vivants”. the music will be conducted by david thor jonsson and performed by the 40-piece film orchestra babelsberg and 16-strong berlin film choir.
this is the fourth time kjartan has collaborated with the hugely-feted kjartansson, his role seemingly increasing with each passing*. so, if you want to see what kjartan accomplishes when unbound by the fetters of a rock band, get yourself along to volksbühne tomorrow, the next day or late next week and see for yourself.
*previous collaborations include a continuous musical performance of a kjartan brass arrangement, entitled ss hangover, at 2013’s 55th venice biennale, the visitors (2012), and the autobiographical take me here by the dishwasher (2011).]]>
15 months into the tour and every day people are still saying amazing things about the show. while this is hugely gratifying for the band, it’s about time a whole lot of the credit went to the other people who make it happen day in, day out.
so, it is entirely appropriate that this very week the sigur ros show won best lighting and best video at the ‘knights of illumination‘ awards in London. step forward, sarah hopper and damian hale, who realised all the amazing visuals that grace our stage; and bruno poet, who designed a lighting show that is at once both subtly nuanced and awesomely powerful. To be straight up here, there are only four awards covering all “concerts and events”, and our team won two of them. one of the other went to the olympics. blimey. anyway, bruno, you might know since he first worked with the team on jonsi’s highly-praised solo show in 2010. sarah has worked on the band’s artwork and design since 2007′s ‘heima’. damian is a fantastic new addition to the team, courtesy of third company.
In this specific context, we’d also like to thank matts daw & pitman who run the lights every day, and ray gwilliams who looks after video, as well as christian krupa, who assisted in programming. we’d also like to thank the british film institute who facilitated fantastic access to their archive. everyone else who makes the sigur ros show as close to stunning as possible every day are also very, very much appreciated, but right now we are here to salute three new knights of the illimunati. congratulations one and all.
watch all recent and archived sigur rós videos on our videos page.]]>
we have launched a live interactive video experience made by you, our fans, at stormur.sigur-ros.co.uk. check it out, and if you happen to have instagram we encourage you to contribute a moment from your own life that you feel resonates with the music. thank you!]]>
a word – and perhaps a warning – about sigur ros & friends ‘triple nipple’ boiler room dj set tomorrow. this is not going to be wall-to-wall, hair-tossing post-rock. there will be no glacial soundscapes of awesome dimensions. neither warm bubble baths of yoga wind-down muzak. (or any of the other enduring cliches about sigur ros). instead triple nipple represents what sigur ros do when they are off-duty – you know, for fun. some of it may be tough, cool and futuristic, some of it will no doubt be high-aroma fromage. most of the cool stuff comes courtesy of sigrun jonsdottir, the band’s trombone-wielding authority on baltimore club. guitarist kjartan holm, meanwhile, pitches in with some minimal hip-hop, orri with some dubstep and, yes, you’ve guessed it, jonsi brings the extensive cheeseboard. no-one involved lays claim to be able to mix, even remotely. this is how sigur ros get down and unwind in the dressing room and on the tour bus after a show. if you’d like a window on their world, come on in. if you are expecting a mystique enhancing exercise of deep solipsism, look away now.
to celebrate the release of their new album kveikur, sigur rós played a selection of songs from the record live during a special 360° interactive webcast from dresden, germany. fans can take control of the 360° cameras and watch the show from whichever angle they choose.]]>
kveikur has been released around the world over the last few days, with today seeing the release in north america. the album is available in multiple formats: digital, cd, double vinyl and expanded vinyl.
to celebrate the release we have two mini-sites:
kveikur.sigur-ros.co.uk: we are curious to know what you feel, see and imagine when you listen to kveikur. we know everyone has their own ideas of what the music might be about, so we have launched a new site on kveikur.sigur-ros.co.uk where we invite you to share your photos, drawings, videos and more to your socials with the hashtag #kveikur. it’ll be exciting to see what emerges!
“as a band we always write the music first and listen to it later to work out what it might be about. that’s how we come up with the words, by approaching the music without preconceptions and seeking meaning that was hidden from us at the point of creation. the music tells us what it is about.” – georg
sigur-ros.co.uk/kveikurlive360/: “to celebrate the release of their new album kveikur, sigur rós will play a selection of songs from the record live during a special 360° interactive webcast from dresden, germany. during the show fans will be able to take control of the 360 cameras and watch the show from whichever angle they choose.”
the accompanying video features visuals from the band’s live show, with original material as well as re-purposed archival footage from the BFI archive.
kveikur is released worldwide june 17th (18th in north america) and can be pre-ordered directly from the band or from itunes / amazon]]>
sigur rós have scored part of an upcoming episode of the simpsons. the episode, which will feature new, original music by sigur rós, as well as their take on the simpsons’ theme song, will air on may 19th. in the episode, entitled “the saga of carl,” homer, moe, lenny, and carl team up to buy a winning lottery ticket, but after carl snags the ticket and flees to his home country of iceland, the guys head there in hot pursuit. the band’s music scores homer’s visit to iceland, marking an unprecedented musical collaboration between the show and a band; with this episode, sigur rós have written and performed more original music for the simpsons than any other outside band in the show’s history.
says simpsons creator matt groening, “i’m a longtime fan of sigur rós, and we’re honored to bring their icelandic, ambient moods to our goofy cartoon show.”]]>
folks in germany, austria and switzerland unable to play the above can watch through vimeo
kveikur is released worldwide june 17th (18th in north america) and can now be pre-ordered on itunes. pre-orders on itunes come with an immediate download of ísjaki.]]>
directed by andrew huang. taken from the forthcoming album kveikur.]]>
we are happy to announce that our new album kveikur will be released worldwide on june 17th (18th in north america). the self-produced album contains nine tracks and is our first as a trio.
info / preorder: www.sigur-ros.co.uk/kveikur]]>
this week on the band’s tumblr we’re releasing glimpses of new live artwork in the form of animated gifs, as well as a look back at some rare live material from the vault you’ve probably not seen before.
if you’re into that sort of of thing, have a look at sigurros.tumblr.com.]]>
now, on the cusp of 2013 touring, the sigur rós are – as we write – in portugal rehearsing more new material to be unveiled across europe, the usa and south east asia. coming to a show is the only way you’re going to experience this stuff outside crappy youtube clips in the coming months. you know what to do.
matched to this is a new show looking to eclipse the band’s previous high-water marks of live presentation. new visuals, new lights and new stage set, and not forgetting a new player (welcome ingrid on viola). plus, of course, the new songs.
oh, and we are excited to announce that supporting on all european dates is the excellent blanck mass and in north america, tim hecker (dc – ottawa) and oneohtrix point never (toronto – sta barbara).
below is a preview of what to expect in 2013, featuring an (extended) snippet of new studio material.]]>