Reykjavík Festival

Music, Rock and indie
3 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Reykjavík Festival
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman Sigur Rós at Coachella 2013, Weekend 2, Day 2

Sigur Rós will perform three shows with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this spring. It's part of the LA Phil's Reykjavík Festival, a two-week exploration of Iceland's captivatingly eclectic music scene that covers the spectrum from chamber works to pop music. The rest of the series, curated by Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason and LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, features a slew of other Scandinavian musicians, including a packed opener topped by múm and amiina, as well as a closing-night performance from film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and record label Bedroom Community's Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon.

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I came to the opening night of the festival as a novice, completely uninformed about the nature of Icelandic music and/or culture. Frankly, the music styles I experienced at the concert did not appeal to my personal preferences. Sonically, the songs often seemed either deliberately discordant and jarring or emphatically delicate. There was no middle ground, which ironically left me either startled or dozing. But again, merely my own personal preferences. I give the event 3 stars because the venue was fabulous, as were the art installations and the overall event presentation. It was my first experience at the Disney Concert Hall and just being inside the building was well worth it.