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Ólafur Arnalds at Alte Oper, Frankfurt

Still from an Ólafur Arnalds performance

Frankfurt is getting set to enjoy the cool rhythm and music of Olafur Arnalds. Born in 1986, Olafur Arnalds is a young Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer from Mosfellsbaer, Iceland.

Olafur Arnald’s music is an eclectic mix of strings and piano with loops and beats that cross over from ambient, electronic to pop. In the past, Olafur has been a drummer of hardcore metal bands like Fighting Shit, Celestine, and a few others. Always keen to experiment, Olafur also formed an experimental techno project in 2009 entitled Kiasmos, with Janus Rasmussen from Bloodgroup, the Icelandic electro-pop band. In 2014, Olafur announced the debut of his electronic debut album.

Olafur’s musical journey began in 2004, when he composed and recorded the intro and a few outros for tracks on Antigone, the album by German metal band Heaven Shall Burn. On his Facebook page, Olafur  described how he got to know them. He was playing drums in a hardcore band who were supporting  Heaven Shall Burn, the German metal band on their Icelandic tour. Being a huge fan, Olafur gave them a demo with some very excessively dramatic prog-rock songs he had been making at home. It wasn’t very classics but had some badly computerized strings and piano in it. A few months later they contacted Olafur asking if he would be able to write some intros and outros for their new album, but only with  piano/strings elements, that’s how he wrote his first classical pieces.

The album was a huge success in Europe and after a few months Olafur got a phone call from a label asking would he be keen on making a full album with compositions like this. Though he had never really considered to continue writing music like this, he said yes to the offer.

Olafur's first solo album titled Eulogy for Evolution released in 2007. Next year, came the EP Variations of Static. This same year, Olafur toured with Sigur Ros and collaborated for a second time with Heaven Shall Burn, for the the album Iconoclast (Part 1: The Final Resistance). In April 2009, Olafur came up with the idea of composing and releasing a track daily for seven days, making each track instantly available within 24 hours from foundsongs erased tapes.com. The collection of tracks was aptly titled Found Songs. Olafur is also reported to have sold out The Barbican Hall in London. Since then there has been no looking back for this gifted musician.

The concert is on March 5, 2019 at Alte Oper, Opernplatz 1, 60313 Frankfurt am Main

For details, visit: www.olafurarnalds.com

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at Olafur Arnalds performance.


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