poster for Nordic AffectICELANDIC ENSEMBLE ON STAGE AT UALBANY

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased to present Nordic Affect on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:30pm.  This all-female Icelandic ensemble will present a concert featuring visual elements, works by women composers and music that incorporates the ensemble‘s love of ecology.

Violinist Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, violist Marie Stockmarr Becker, cellist Hanna Loftsdóttir and harpsichordist Guðrún Óskarsdóttir will perform Veronique Vaka’s Perspicere for violin, viola, cello and harpsichord; Jobina Tinnemans’s Fell for violin, viola, cello and harpsichord; Bergrún Snæbjörnsdótti’s Strange Turn – Narwhal for violin, viola, cello, harpsichord and light; Anna Thorvaldsdóttir’s Shades of Silence for violin, viola and cello;  Maja Ratkje’s Love arr. for violin, viola, cello and harpsichord; and  Úlfur Hansson’s Þýð for violin, viola, cello, harpsichord and voices. 

In a special pre-performance feature, music videos by the company will be presented in the half hour prior to the concert.  The videos were commissioned to accompany the piece Händelusive by composer Hugi Gudmundsson. The music was inspired by three different themes from Handel’s Water Music. The visual material which forms the basis of the videos was all recorded in New York in 2012 as part of a larger project photographing, recording and documenting the city through still images, video and sound. Händelusive and the three accompanying videos premiered at the Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland in November of 2013.

Hailed as a “multi-disciplinary force of nature” (A Closer Listen), Nordic Affect was formed by a group of period instrument musicians united in their passion for viewing familiar musical forms from a different perspective and for daring to venture into new musical terrain. The commissioning and performance of new works is integral to the ensemble’s mission as it has, from the group’s inception, combined new compositions with the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Believing that wonderful things happen “in the connection between the two,” Nordic Affect has established exciting collaborative relationships with composers, visual artists and producers through the years.

The company’s engagement at UAlbany is made possible through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support from the UAlbany campus community is provided by the University at Albany Foundation, University Auxiliary Services and the Alumni Association through the Grandma Moses Fund.

Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.