Music in the Dark

January is not an enjoyable month in Iceland. But amid the cold and windy days, a festival is held – a music festival.


Capriccio is a beautiful work done by Áskel Másson, it’s magical the entire time and makes you feel more alive.

Wavy music in Iceland

Kjartan himself describes his piece as a colourful wavy journey and I think he executed it very well. I could imagine the sea glimmering in the sun. Truly a night to remember in Harpa.

A Modern Homage to the Past

I am admittedly not the biggest fan of modern day classical music and as we are walking into the hall of Eldborg, I feel a tad nervous about what is to come.

Engines in the Head

A moving piece that fully deserves its praise and gives an intimate and personal perspective on a traumatic part of someone’s life.

Copper world

“Capriccio” by Áskell Másson starts very energetically and quickly, the small Darabuka drum, played by the composer himself,  starts establishing an interesting rhythm that continues throughout most of the piece.

Composing personality

Harpa is hosting many of the Dark Music Days concerts. One program is called „Flekarnir“, tectonic plates in English, and includes pieces from various Icelandic composers.

“I felt like I was in an airplane”

Quite the impressive concert took place in Harpan, consisting of pieces by Kjartan Ólafsson, Haukur Tómasson, Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir, Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson and Áskell Másson. Ingibjörg’s work really stood out to me!