Eyvind Kang og Jessika Kenney | Three day recidency in Mengi
24, May 2022 - 26, May 2022 (see calendar for other dates)
Open from 9.00pm - 11.00pm
General Admission See on official website
Music lovers in Reykjavík now have a unique opportunity to experience the music of composer and viola player Eyvind Kang and composer and singer Jessika Kenney in the intimate setting of Mengi where they are doing a three day residency from the 24th to the 26th of May 2022. The unique sound of the duet’s performance, which The New York Times recently described as „seriously refined music“ is truly original and at the same time influenced by various music traditions of the world that they have dedicated decades to dive into and study.
◉ May 24th (Tuesday)
Eyvind Kang will play solo work he has composed for the Viola D'Amore (a Baroque cousin of the classical viola with 6 strings and an equal number of sympathetic strings). He will also feature some ensemble pieces with local friends.
◉ May 25th (Wednesday)
Jessika Kenney will perform her solo work for voice and sampler. Along with the music she will also be presenting some of her visuals so the outcome will be an interesting journey for the eyes and ears. Jessika will also be joined on stage by local friends.
◉ May 26th (Thursday)
Eyvind Kang (Viola D'Amore) and Jessika Kenney (vocalist) present new duo compositions from their upcoming albums (Takuroku and Ideologic Organ). They will also be joined by friends from the local music scene of Reykjavík.
Eyvind and Jessika are both faculty at the highly regarded California Institute of the Arts. As a duet they have among others worked with poet Anne Carson and the bands Sun City Girls, SUnn O))) and Animal Collective. They have composed for and performed with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Their discography is a long list of exceptional duo recordings, solo work and collaborations with other performers.
Viola player and composer Eyvind Kang is well known to music enthusiasts. In his successful career he has worked with and influenced the music of important artists such as Laurie Anderson, Bill Frisell and John Zorn. Eyvind has strong connections with Iceland since his mother is Icelandic. He has collaborated with Skúli Sverrisson for decades and worked and performed on the music of Hildur Guðnadóttir, notably her Oscar winning original soundtrack to The Joker.
Jessika Kenney is known for her compositions and vocal performance for the 2019 hit film Midsommar, directed by Ari Aster. She started her career as a singer in legendary punk bands (Cause, Ex Nihilo and ASVA) until she started her solo career as composer and performer. She has performed and recorded the music of Alvin Lucier and Jarrad Powel and performed with artists and bands such as Lori Goldston, Holland Andrews, Trimpin, Simone Forti and Wolves of the Throne Room.
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Tickets are available here: bit.ly/eyvindkang_jessikakenney
Doors open at 8:30pm | The event starts at 9pm.