Ólafur Arnalds: All Strings Attached

From Iceland's shores to Hollywood scores, genre-defying composer Ólafur Arnalds presents a new live experience

Elgin Theatre
Icelandic composer, musician, and producer Ólafur Arnalds transcends categorization. Fresh off his audio-visual project Island Songs, award-winning composition for the tv show Broadchurch, and a world tour with electronic outfit KIASMOS, Ólafur and his team are back in the lab working on a new live experience.

All Strings Attached is born out of our forgotten yet inherent interconnectedness. It's an invitation to commit – to oneself, to each other, and to the moment – and reject the Zeitgeist notion of “no strings attached.”

Featuring a uniquely wired ensemble of a string quartet, Manu Delago on percussion, and Ólafur’s playground of pianos and synthesizers, he'll stage past and present material in a new light. The centerpiece is a generative algorithm software that Ólafur designed to control two self-playing pianos acting as one.

From recordings on remote Icelandic shores to Hollywood scores, Ólafur's music is truly unclassifiable and completely magical. It’s been a decade since this frequent collaborator of Nils Frahm performed solo with his band in Toronto so, come fall in love, all strings attached.

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Ólafur Arnalds: All Strings Attached

From Iceland's shores to Hollywood scores, genre-defying composer Ólafur Arnalds presents a new live experience

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“It's spacious, undeniably beautiful work ... a night of thrilling, unforgettable music”
– NPR Music
“Iceland's favourite new classical music composer ... truly remarkable.”
– Exclaim
“The Icelandic composer who has toured with Sigur Rós delivers an icily beautiful new album that mixes minimalist classical with singer-songwriter material.”
– Pitchfork (on Arnald's 2013 album)


 - Ólafur Arnalds
Ólafur Arnalds
 - Ólafur Arnalds
Ólafur Arnalds

Born in 1986, Ólafur hails from the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, just a few kilometres outside of Reykjavík. He has immersed himself completely in a world of delicate symphonic compositions generating near weightless orchestral pieces. Arnalds explores the crossover from classical to pop by mixing chamber strings and piano with discreet electronics. His motivations are clear: "The classical scene is kind of closed to people who haven't been studying music all their lives. I would like to bring my classical influence to the people who don't usually listen to this kind of music…open people's minds."

Through relentless touring and determination this young artist has steadily gained recognition worldwide since his 2007 debut Eulogy for Evolution. His 2008 follow-up EP Variations of Static earned Ólafur acclaim from both the contemporary and classical field – transcending a traditional divide. He has sold out some of the world’s most renowned music venues including Barbican Hall in London and has been awarded ‘Best Live Session of 2008’ by BBC Radio 1 presenter Gilles Peterson.