(1971 - )
Valgeir Sigurðsson lives in Reykjavík, Iceland. A boundless approach to music informs Valgeir’s work as producer, composer, musician, engineer and mixer. He has for over a decade cultivated projects by diverse international artists whilst developing his own particular magic brand of recording artistry and composition– currently with three solo albums to his name.
Valgeir studied classical guitar and plays keyboards, bass, percussion as well as electronics/programming. In 1991 he earned a Tonmeister degree from London’s SAE Institute and his recording career flourished in 1998 when fellow countrywoman Björk requested him as engineer and programmer for Lars Von Trier's Academy Award-nominated Dancer in the Dark soundtrack, a monumental project that combined Valgeir's passion for electronic, orchestral and film music. Valgeir's musical relationship as one of Björk's primary studio collaborators from 1998 to 2006 thrived through contributions to all her albums and projects in the period, most notably Selmasongs, Vespertine, Medúlla, and Drawing Restraint 9.
Valgeir set up Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavík in 1997, where in addition to Björk, he has since collaborated in varying capacity with artists such as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Feist, Damon Albarn, Camille, CocoRosie, Ben Frost, Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, múm, Hilary Hahn & Hauschka, Brian Eno, Sigur Rós and many others.
Valgeir founded record label and collective Bedroom Community in 2006; the label is home to Sam Amidon and Ben Frost and has launched the recording careers of Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason and Valgeir himself. In 2007 Valgeir debuted his own album Ekvílibríum, which The Fader Magazine heralded as “a singular album, as ornate as it is direct.” In 2009, collective members Valgeir and Muhly co-composed and premiered Scent Opera at the Guggenheim Museum. In 2010, Bedroom Community released an album of Valgeir's documentary soundtrack for Dreamland (Draumalandið), the score was performed live in 2011 by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 2012. His first conventional classical commission, Nebraska Quartet was premiered by the Chiara String Quartet at Lincoln Center during NYC’s Ecstatic Music Festival in 2011. Valgeir’s third LP Architecture of Loss was released in September 2012 to critical acclaim. The music was originally scored for Stephen Petronio's ballet of the same name and premiered in March 2012.
In all of his projects, Valgeir bends and blends familiar sounds to expose the new within the known, lending depth to pop and mainstream music through care and an ear for esoteric, eclectic sonic experimentation. His aural oeuvre and collaborative contributions collide organic with synthetic, acoustic with digital, connection with isolation, and domestic with ethereal – resulting in a body of work ripe with emotion, curiosity, and humanity.