Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds’ critically-acclaimed new album, For Now I am Winter continues to dominate the Billboard Classical Traditional Chart for the second straight week at #1. Interview Magazine said the 26-year old Icelandic multi-instrumentalist, “has already accomplished more than many musicians do in a lifetime,” while SPIN called For Now I Am Winter “impressive.”
After several marquee live performances at this year’s SXSW, NPR selected one of Arnalds’ showcases as a “Top 15 Essential Moment” of the festival, out of thousands. This week, Ólafur performs with a full 28-piece orchestra at Le Poisson Rouge tonight – his largest scale performance in the US to date, following a “Meet the Composer Q&A” and performance at the Apple Store Soho, as well as an appearance at J&R Music World on Friday, April 19 to do a pre-Record Store Day promotion of the limited-edition vinyl version of For Now I Am Winter.
Arnalds also lends his considerable talents to the BBC’s Broadchurch (Starring David Tennant), a widely popular detective drama with over nine-million viewers. Featuring a complete score written by Arnalds, a digital release of the first season’s soundtrack includes six tracks and is set for release April 30th on Mercury Classics. Additionally, Arnalds’ official video for ‘This Place Was a Shelter’ will be chosen from nearly 200 submissions on a video contest hosted by Arnalds and Genero.tv. Given just a brief open to fan interpretation, fans submitted videos to be reviewed by Arnalds and Genero, and it will also be nominated for the 2013 Genero Awards. Arnalds further interacts with his fans in creative ways – hundreds of fans have remixed his works for a chance to have their remix being featured on a four song Spotify EP to be released soon.
Arnalds continues to steadily build a reputation as one of the world’s most bright and able young composers. Purveying a neo-classical style with an array of influences which range from electronica to minimalism, Arnalds is an artist who draws from a variety of sources whilst maintaining his own unique sound. Since the release of his 2007 debut, Eulogy for Evolution, the 26-year-old, has put his name to a variety of projects and collaborations ranging from Emma Watson to Peter Broderick to Nils Frahm. Since 2009 he has scored films and TV shows including Another Happy Day, and the feature film Gimme Shelter (Starring Vanessa Hudgens), as well as having tracks featured on the soundtracks to Hollywood hits The Hunger Games and Looper. He’s also released two EPs each composed in a week; Found Songs in 2009 and Living Room Songs in 2011. Both of these collections featured works written and recorded in a day, the former innovatively released through Twitter and the latter released to his fans with accompanying videos through his social media channels and website.