Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir’s Vernacular
Where: Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
58 Park Ave.
212-779-3587 Price: $7-$12
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Icelandic-American cellist and former ASF Fellow Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir joins us for performances of compositions from her new album Vernacular. A curated set of Icelandic contemporary music for solo cello, much of it written for Sæunn, Vernacular contains pieces by Þuríður Jónsdóttir, Halldór Smárason, Páll Ragnar Pálsson, and Hafliði Hallgrímsson that showcase a unique soundworld in intimate monologues.
In this performance, Sæunn will perform four works, three of which were written for and premiered by her: Hafliði Hallgrímsson’s contemporary classic Solitaire, a five-movement suite consisting of dances and folk-inspired forms; Páll Ragnar Pálsson’s Afterquake, which explores the internal effects of emotional events through texture and overtone; Halldór Smárason’s candle-inspired three-movement work O; and 48 Images of the Moon by Þuríður Jónsdóttir, a mediation set in the Westfjords of Iceland.