Bára & Skúli // Dark Music Days 2020
Bára Gísladóttir and Skúli Sverrisson initiated their collaboration in 2017 and have since created hours of music together, to be released on quadruple vinyl this year. For their performance at Dark Music Days, they will premiere some of their improvisational compositions for bass guitar and double bass.
Skúli Sverrisson is an Icelandic composer and bass guitarist. He has worked with musicians Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Lou Reed, Jon Hassel, David Sylvian, Arto Lindsay, and composers Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and Hildur Guðnadóttir. He is known for his work as artistic director for Ólöf Arnalds, recordings with Blonde Redhead, and as musical director for Laurie Anderson.
Bára Gísladóttir is an Icelandic composer and double bassist based in Copenhagen. Her work has been performed by ensembles and orchestras such as The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble New Babylon, Ensemble recherche, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Marco Fusi, Mimitabu, Nordic Affect, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Riot Ensemble.
“Their set was completely improvisational, creating their cacophonous sounds right before our eyes. The two hardly ever connected their eyes while they played, but never did they feel out of sync. What’s even more astounding is how the two blended so well while taking drastically different approaches with their instruments.” -KEXP