Born in 1986, Ólafur Arnalds hails from the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, just a few kilometres outside of Reykjavík.
He has immersed himself completely in a world of delicate symphonic compositions generating near weightless orchestral pieces.
Arnalds explores the crossover from classical to pop by mixing chamber strings and piano with discreet electronics which makes him a perfect fit for cinematic music label Erased Tapes.
Ólafur Arnalds | For Now I Am Winter – Trailer
His motivations are clear: “The classical scene is kind of closed to people who haven’t been studying music all their lives.
I would like to bring my classical influence to the people who don’t usually listen to this kind of music…open people’s minds.”
Ólafur Arnalds | Near Light
Through relentless touring and determination this young artist has steadily gained recognition worldwide since his 2007 debut ‘Eulogy for Evolution’.
2013 brings the release of his third full-length studio album, ‘For Now I Am Winter’, which is a categorical side-step away from the sound he is best known for.
Ólafur Arnalds | Hægt, kemur ljósið
For Arnalds, the concept of evolution and seasonal change is one which has been nearly ever-present in his music. With “For now I am winter” it continues both musically and conceptually.
Arnalds’ own framework is fulfilled and we hear a personal evolution as a composer and, for the first time, as a songwriter.
Ólafur Arnalds with the Berlin Music Ensemble LIVE
Dj: Falko Teichmann
Sunday, 07 April 2013 | 20:00 CET
Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte