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Hugar

Music / Contemporary, Classical / Iceland

Presented by: Bosworth Music

With a gracefulness they share with many of their Icelandic compatriots, Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson emerged from the cold of their homeland around five years ago. Echoes of Sigur Rós, Ólafur Arnalds, and Johann Jóhannsson can be sensed as you lose yourself in the cool depths of their self-titled debut. That's not surprising seeing as the two have worked with all of these luminaries within the tight-knit Icelandic music scene. Arnalds plays drums on Hugar, which is not only replete with elegiac melodies from cello, violin, and clarinet, but also successfully places ingenious accents.

Pieces such as the gray-and-white "Upphaf" with its sleepy trumpets, or "Horn" with ist heartrending mournfulness underscore that the two Icelanders have developed their own dialect in the musical language of longing. Last year they demonstrated this to great acclaim in the impressive setting of the St. Pauli church, and in 2019, they're returning to Hamburg with new compositions.

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