Photo: Rut Sigurdardottir Photography. South Iceland Chamber Choir by Eyvind Gulbrandsen

Moving Classics travelled to Iceland

August was an exciting month for Curated Place’s ‘Moving Classics – European Network of New Music’ seeing all the partners of this Creative Europe-supported Cooperation Project come together in Iceland to deliver the first Cycle Music and Art Festival in Kopavogur. The festival is the main platform for Moving Classics to showcase the work of the selected composers as well as being a meeting point of creative worlds, producing and presenting works that reach outside the traditional boundaries of discipline, craft and process.

Cycle presented over 26 events over four days and featured two Moving Classics premieres – ‘Surrounded by Strangers’ written for the South Iceland Chamber Choir by Eyvind Gulbrandsen and ‘36000 Years Alongside Buabo’ written for Pinquins percussion trio by Brice Catherin. The festival received a great response from the public and the press seeing more than 6000 attending various events and concerts over the four days.

“Cycle Music & Art Festival is one of the most interesting addition to the Icelandic festival landscape this year” Kristján Gunnarson, critic at DV national newspaper, Iceland

Enrica Sciandrone is the third and final composer to take part in the 2015 project, her new composition ‘Bremen Town Musicians’ – a music and live animation work inspired by author Philip Pullman’s new translations of the Brothers’ Grimm fairy tales - will premiere as part of the Psappha Ensemble’s launch concert of the Enlighten Manchester - Festival of Light and Sound Art on 10 December at Manchester Central Library.

You can watch and listen to new music via the Moving Classics website and find out more about their Creative Europe support on their funded project profile.

Photo: Rut Sigurdardottir Photography. © Moving Classics/Cycle Music and Art Festival