DARK MUSIC DAYS
Dark Music Days is an annual festival of contemporary and new music which takes place during the darkest period of the Icelandic winter at the concert hall Harpa in downtown Reykjavík. The festival was founded in 1980 by the Iceland Composers' Society as a platform for Icelandic composers to present their work. Today the festival is a platform for performing and getting to know new music with an emphasis on new Icelandic compositions and performers in addition to international artists.
The Dark Music Days 2017 will present a cross section of pioneering contemporary music from both sides of the Atlantic. The focus lies on works with mixed techniques where the boundaries of contemporary music performance are explored.
The Artistic Drector of Dark Music Days 2017 is composer Gunnar Karel Másson. Másson studied composition at the Iceland Art Academy and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen. He is an experienced concert producer as he co-founded and runs the Sonic Festival in Copenhagen and is one of the artistic directors of the music collective Jaðarber/Peripheriberry.
DARK MUSIC DAYS TEAM
Gunnar Karel Másson - Artistic Director Valdís Þorkelsdóttir - Managing Director
Vaka Halldórsdóttir - Marketing Director
Árni Már Erlingsson - Graphic Designer
DARK MUSIC DAYS BOARD
Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir - Chairman of the Society of Icelandic Composers
Páll Ragnar Pálsson - Treasurer of the Society of Icelandic Composers
Þuríður Jónsdóttir - Secretary of the Society of Icelandic Composers
The festival takes place at the award-winning cultural and social center, Harpa, beautifully located at the sea in the heart of Reykjavík. Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre was designed by artist Olafur Eliasson, Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects. The building has won multiple awards for architecture including Mies van der Rohe in 2013. The prestigious music magazine Gramophone chose Harpa as one of the best concert halls of the new millennium.