'One of the most open-eared talents in that no man’s land between experimental and potentially market-gratifying music.' Touching Extremes
Valgeir Sigurðsson is an Icelandic composer and producer. His distinctive music often blurs the lines between contemporary classical writing and esoteric electronic production, sometimes to a point where one is indistinguishable from the other.
Valgeir worked closely with fellow Icelander Björk, a collaboration which began with her Oscar-nominated score for Lars Von Trier’s Dancer In The Dark. He founded the Bedroom Community label in 2006 with Nico Muhly and Ben Frost, where he cemented his sonic signature with his own solo work on the label, in addition to albums with Muhly, Frost, Sam Amidon and Daníel Bjarnason, and an extensive collaboration with viola da gamba player, Liam Byrne. His 4th LP DISSONANCE won Album of The Year at the 2018 Iceland Music Awards. Valgeir has performed his work internationally at festivals, concert halls and clubs, and The New York Times named Dissonance Live among the top shows of the 2017 Sónar Barcelona Festival. At Greenhouse Recording Studios, founded by Valgeir in 1997, he has been a collaborator with artists from all over the world, including the likes of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Feist, Tim Hecker, Anohni, CocoRosie, Hilary Hahn & Hauschka, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Víkingur Ólafsson and many others, as producer, engineer and arranger.
Valgeir has composed orchestral and chamber music for the likes of the City of London Sinfonia, Winnipeg Symphony, Crash Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Nordic Affect and the British violinist, Daniel Pioro. His scores frequently incorporate the use of electronics and have also been performed by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra,, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and many others. He has written music for stage, dance and screen. His film scores include An Acceptable Loss and the Icelandic feature The County, and his score for the environmental documentary Dreamland (Draumalandið) was nominated for best score at EDDA, the Icelandic Film Academy Awards. His collaborations with German director Falk Richter include SAFE at Stockholm’s Dramaten, and Zwei Uhr Nachts at Schauspiel Frankfurt. He produced the music for Robert Wilson’s Edda and has composed for contemporary dance productions by Ballet National de Marseilles / ICK Amsterdam and The Stephen Petronio Company. He lives in Reykjavík, Iceland.
* His name contains the Icelandic character Ð (ð) and should alternatively be spelled “Sigurdsson”.