Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson

Representative works:

Sólarlag við Tjörnina [2013]: indeterminate instrumentation

Mistur yfir Edinborg [2013]: harmonium, saxophone, micro tuned harmonica and accordion

Kortamel [2013]: violin, viola, cello, harpsichord and flute

Safmana [2013]: solo piano

Horpma III [2012]: for 27 plucked string instruments

Beygjulína [2006]

Laur [2012]*for 13 instruments (fl,, bsn, hrn, trp, tbn, perc, pno, vln I, vln II, vla, cel, cb)

Marfjall og hafkar [2011]: flute choir with contrabass flute solo

Færibandið [2011]: 4 voices, open instrumentation and 2 voices audience participation

raBalilabalila [2011]for accordion and piano

Harskjall og svellkar [2011]flute choir (8/4/2)

2 Songs for Accordion [2011]: solo accordion

Hrammdæla 7 [2011]: 4 recorders

Nine Lullabies for Lanspil [2011]: 4 Langspil

Kvartett 7-15 [2011]: Somewhat variable quartet

Mardigosa [2011]: Voice, Saxophone, Trumpet, and Accordion

Hrammdæla 6 [2011]: 4 recorders

Mardiposa [2011]Mezzosoprano, Alto Saxophone, French Horn, and Accordion

Hundi [2011]: 8 Aluminum Cans

Vargarð [2010]violin and piano

Kvartett 6: Koblakist [2010]: somewhat variable quartet

Kvartett 5: Deikokeitíponsa [2010]: somewhat variable quartet

Kvartett 4: Halanali [2010]: somewhat variable quartet

Hakkalamaka [2010]Flute, Bass Clarinet, Cello, and Piano

Njarharður [2010]: Harp and Percussion

Draumbót [2010]Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Harp, Piano, and Percussion

Harsamvaða [2010]: for piano and electronics

Kvartett 3: Sigliton [2010]: Somewhat variable quartet

Hrammdæla 1-5 [2010]: Variable instrumentation

Kvartett 2: Kvarandron [2009]: somewhat variable quartet

Njarður [2009]: harp and percussion

Harfgreni [2009]: just-intoned single string piano

Atómas [2009]: 5 Langspil

Kvartett 1: Lardipésa [2009]: Somewhat variable quartet

Ramminjálgur [2009]Flute, Harp and Percussion

CalmUs [2009]2 French Horns

Handarbaka [2009]8 Bassoons

Horpma [2008]: 27 plucked strings

Harmaaarg [2007]: voice

Stadlafell [2007]: 5 percussionists

Skula [2007]: 2 percussionists

Golma [2007]: string quartet and live electronics

Ferkul [2007]: flute and live electronics

Þrílækja [2007]: 3 Percussion, 2 Alto Saxophones, 1 Tenor Saxophone, 2 Violins and 1 Viola

Shalote [2006]: 2 voices and electronics

Tvífleskja [2006]: percussion solo

Selbol [2006]: 3 cellos

Boltatilraun 1 [2006]: for 4 saxophones

Loðís [2009]

Horpma IV [2013]: for 27 plucked string instruments

Spurningaleikur [2013]: for accordion/melodica, viola, alto recorder, 3 aluminum cans, 2 percussion and ukulele

“Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson is from Reykjavik, Iceland. His music builds clear patterns without a pulse or meter. In order for that to work he has been developing ways of making animated notation, to be read from computer screens.

He studied composition at Mills College with Alvin Curran, Fred Frith and John Bischoff and in Iceland with Atli Ingólfsson and numerous other Icelandic composers. He participated in the Darmstädter ferienkurse in 2008 and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s courses in Kürten in 2004. He has also participated in masterclasses with Helmut Lachenmann, Tristan Murail and Pauline Oliveros.

Guðmundur’s music has been performed by Ensemble Adapter (DE), l’Arsenale (IT), Defun (FI), OneplusOne (FI), Njútón (IS), Arteriol (NO), Quartet Opabinia (US), The Icelandic Flute Choir (IS), Duo Harpverk (IS), Mathias Ziegler (CH), Shayna Dunkelmann and Tinna þorsteinsdóttir. His music has been performed in festivals such as MATA (US), Time of Music (FI), Thingamajigs Festival (US), IMC Rostrum 2011 in Vienna (Unesco), Reno Interdisciplinary Arts Festival (US), Frum (IS), Dark Music Days (IS), Nordic Music Days (2009 and 2010), Ung Nordisk Musik and venues such as The Stone (US), Empty Bottle (US), Literaturhaus (DK), Wendel (DE), Skånes konstforretning (SE), Stanford and Princeton Universities (US). In 2011 Guðmundur won the National Radio of Iceland Composition Prize for the 80th anniversary celebration of the institution. In 2011 his album Horpma was released on Carrier Records.

Guðmundur is a founding member of the S.L.Á.T.U.R. collective in Iceland and co-curates the festival Sláturtíð. He is also a co-curator of the concert series Jaðarber at the Reykjavík Art Museum. “[1]

1. “CV,”, accessed November 30, 2013,


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