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Composer Portraits: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

  • Miller Theatre New York, NY USA (map)

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir has burst onto the scene in recent years. Her “shimmering, harmonically ambiguous” music is oft described in cinematic terms, evoking an expansive, wintry landscape with “the impression of a distant, howling wind” (The New York Times). Her 2011 album Rhízōma won international accolades, earning places on best-of lists from New York and Chicago to the Nordic countries. Either/Or plays a favorite from that record, Hrím, alongside several pieces never before heard in the U.S.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (b. 1977)

into - second self (2013)  U.S. premiere
Ró/Serenity (2013)  U.S. premiere
[one] (2008)
Tactility (2012)  New York premiere
Hrím (2009/2010)

Either/Or Large Ensemble
Richard Carrick, conductor, piano
Zeena Parkins, harp
David Shively, percussion

Either/Or is:
Ian Antonio, percussion
Aaron Baird, bass
Jen Baker, trombone
David Byrd,  horn
Jennifer Choi, violin
Rachel Drehmann, horn
Vasko Dudkovski, bass clarinet
Michelle Farah, oboe / english horn
Matt Gold, percussion
Stephen Gosling, piano
Russell Greenberg, percussion
Margaret Lancaster, flute / bass flute
Matt Marks, horn
Chris McIntyre, trombone
Esther Noh, violin
James Rogers,  trombone
Christa Van Alstine, clarinet
Alex Waterman, cello
Laura Weiner, horn
Erin Wight, viola

Ticket Price: $20-$30