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Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, April 2017

Nordic Affect is the very talented four person, all female new music ensemble that performed these works by the three composer-performers herein as part of the 2014 Reykjavik Arts Festival. I can only imagine how intriguing and “immersive” an experience that performance must have been. I would personally love to hear more from each of these composers; I found this collection fascinating stuff. © 2017 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Textura, April 2017

With artistic director-and-violinist Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir joined by violist Guðrún Hrund Harðardóttir, cellist Hanna Loftsdóttir, and harpsichordist Guðrún Óskarsdóttir, the award-winning Nordic Affect has been resetting boundary lines since the ensemble’s 2005 formation and 2007 recording debut. The four might play period instruments, but, as Raindamage makes abundantly clear, they’re forward thinkers excitedly exploring new territory.

Raindamage isn’t a collection of conventional Romantic pieces but a gathering of experimental settings that challenges the established norms of chamber music recordings. …Nordic Affect merits praise for advancing the chamber recording concept in such imaginative manner. © 2017 Textura Read complete review



The Wire (UK), April 2017

Members of Nordic Affect, an Icelandic quartet comprising violin, viola, cello and harpsichord, perform instrumental works by Valgeir Sigurðsson, Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson and Úlfur Hansson. Three electronic pieces by the same composers round out the programme, but the outcome is far more than a contrived demonstration of contrasting timbres and textures. Only Vilmarsson’s twitchy plashing features all four members of the group, but Raindamage exudes a sense of collaborative excitement. …The music doesn’t cling to any stylistic markers but opens up an acoustic space where unconventionally figured instrumental passages run off the same current as abstract electronic flows and atmospheres. Its organic feel doesn’t diminish the vitality and boldness of Raindamage. Another exhilarating musical departure from Reykjavik; highly recommended. © 2017 The Wire (UK)



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, March 2017

The music…has a natural ambient quality of process whether calling for conventional instruments, instruments and electronics or electronics alone. There are modern sound color elements, soundscaping and various punctuations that mostly enhance the flow of the sound tapestry.

The compositions fit together end-over-end to create one long interrelated sound interlude. Nordic Affect puts themselves into the music so thoroughly that their utterances do not for the most part sharply differentiate themselves from the electronic dreamtime landscapes.

The music has a vivid Northern quality, icy or expansive, musico-biological, uncanny. It is an intimate collaboration of composer and performers, so much so that I cannot imagine at this point subsequent versions by other instrumentalists, that is how much the composer-instrumental nexus creates strong bonds for these pieces. It is a fabulous sound world that has great abstraction yet a sort of sound narrative that speaks to us in each case. © 2017 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review





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