Amiina play Fantomas at Radialsystem V / Monday, 23.04.2018
The immense Amiina will perform their latest release – a live soundtrack of the movie Fantomas at Radialsystem V in Friedrichshain this April.
Originally a string quartet formed by four girls (Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir, Hildur Ársælsdóttir, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir and Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir) at the Reykjavík College of Music in the late 1990s, amiina went on to cut its teeth as Sigur Rós‘ string section for the next decade. Now a sextet after a recent masculine infusion, amiina will release its second full length album, Puzzle, in September 2010.
In April, UM:LAUT welcomes amiina for one of their rare film concerts: With their extraordinary instrumentarium and multilayered sound, the Icelanders weave a captivating film music spectacle – melancholic and ethereal, yet full of suspense, pounding rhythms and haunting melodies.
AMIINA is a band based in Iceland whose origins go back to the late 1990s, when four young women studying at the Reykjavík College of Music formed a string quartet. The group started out playing classical music but increasingly moved on to play all sorts of music with various bands in Reykjavík. In 1999, the quartet joined the iconic Icelandic band Sigur Rós on stage. The collaboration continued for over a decade, with amiina contributing strings to Sigur Rós‘ music on tour and in the recording studio on various albums. In 2004, the band released its first own EP called „AnimaminA“.
The following debut album, „Kurr“ (2007), was performed on a disparate jumble of instruments – from musical saws, to kalimbas, music boxes, and seemingly anything that could be plucked, bowed or beaten on – resulting in a work that ebbed and flowed „in a strange, powerful place between sophistication and innocence“, according to The Guardian. Later the band was joined by drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen and electronic musician Kippi Kaninus, adding more percussive and rhythmic textures to the band’s sound. After another acclaimed full-length album in 2010, two more EPs and several singles on different labels, the band released their latest album „Fantômas“ in November 2016.
Amiina play Fantomas LIVE
Monday 23rd April 2018
RADIALSYSTEM V | Holzmarktstr. 33 | 10243 Berlin\Friedrichshain