Amelia Ray rocks Svartfugl back to life
San Francisco singer brings Svartfugl slayings to life in song
In December 2008, rock and roll musician Amelia Ray was an artist-in-residency at the Skri∂uklaustur Cultural Center (former home of Icelandic author Gunnar Gunnarsson) in Eastern Iceland. While there she began work on an album inspired by Gunnarsson’s Svartfugl (The Black Cliffs). The Black Cliffs is a fictional account of true crimes of passion that resulted in one of the most spectacular murder cases in Icelandic history.
Scenes from an Icelandic Novel, which also features spoken word by the Icelandic poet Berglind Gunnarsdóttir, will finally be released in the fall of 2020, 91 years after the original publication of the novel. In advance of the release of the album, Amelia Ray will offer a concert and discussion about the album on Saturday 21 March at 19:00 at Gunnarshus, The Writers’ Union of Iceland, Dyngjuvegi 8, IS-104 Reykjavik.