2012 saw Daníel premiere two new works. The Isle Is Full Of Noises, written for orchestra and children's chorus, was commissioned by the Los Angeles Childrens Chorus and American Youth Symphony. The premiere took place in early March and was conducted by James Conlon. Over Light Earth, a chamber orchestra work commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Barbican, premiered in early October and was conducted by renowned composer John Adams.
Both world premieres took place in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Daníel’s versatility as an arranger and conductor has led to collaborations with a broad array of musicians outside the classical field. In November 2011 Daníel collaborated with composer Ben Frost to create Music for Solaris, a new work for string orchestra, percussion, prepared piano and electronics. This work was written, arranged and performed by Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason, and received its World Premiere in Krakow, Poland in October 2010.
The live performance features visual manipulations by Brian Eno and Nick Robertson. The North American premiere took place at the Lincoln Center, New York in April 2011, and in November 2011 Bedroom Community released Sólaris, the studio recordings. This work has since been performed live throughout Europe and the US, and received its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Festival in March 2013. Daníel has won numerous awards and grants and in 2008 and 2011 was awarded a special recommendation for his work at the International Rostrum for Composers.
In 2010 he was nominated for the prestigious Nordic Council's Music Prize, and won the Kraumur Music Award. His 2012 compositions, The Isle Is Full Of Noises and Over Light Earth won him the prize for Best Composer at the 2013 Icelandic Music Awards. Daníel's debut album, Processions, was released in February 2010 and was met with international acclaim with Time Out NY declaring that Bjarnason 'create(s) a sound that comes eerily close to defining classical musics undefinable brave new world'. Later that year Processions won the Best Composer/Best Composition category at the Icelandic Music Awards. Daníel’s string arrangements can be heard on the new Sigur Rós album, Kveikur, which was released in June 2013. In 2012 he contributed the score to the feature film The Deep.
His composition was awarded Best Film Score at the Icelandic Film And Television Awards in 2013 and nominated for Best Original Score at the Harpa Nordic Film Composers Awards 2013. Daníel's next album Over Light Earth is due to be released on the 30th September 2013. It is currently available for pre-order now via his bandcamp page. http://danielbjarnason.bandcamp.com/album/over-light-earth http://www.bedroomcommunity.net/artists/daniel_bjarnason/ www.danielbjarnason.net Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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