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A Northern Year, composed by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir and performed by Passepartout Duo, indulges in the music that is hidden in everyday natural phenomena by transforming data about the sun’s position in the sky above Reykjavík into melodies and rhythms for piano, percussion, and electronics.

Beginning and ending at the solstices, the piece follows a cycle that is often a backdrop for life in the north: energetic and bright summers followed by introverted and dark winters.


released March 20, 2019

Music by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir

Mixed and mastered by Sigurdór Guðmundsson
Skonrokk Studios / Skonrokk Mastering

Performed by Passepartout Duo
Christopher Salvito - drums / percussion
Nicoletta Favari - piano / keyboards

Artwork by Anastasia Savinova
The Call of The Mountain / Kristínartindar, Ísland

Recorded at Kunstnarhuset Messen and Wallcon Lydstudio
Project initiated with support from the Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point


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Hafdis Bjarnadottir Reykjavik, Iceland

Composer and electric guitarist Hafdís Bjarnadóttir combines her training in jazz and classical music with her interpretation of the 'sounds of life' to produce music that has been described as both comforting and challenging at the same time. Her past projects include an orchestra piece made with knitting instructions, three critically acclaimed solo albums and various commissioned pieces. ... more

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