STARA is Halld贸r Sm谩rason's debut album. It was recorded in Halld贸r's hometown of I'safjo"rdur, in the Westfjords region in the northwestern part of Iceland. Featuring works from different stages in the composer's life, ranging from his student years in New York to this day as a family man and freelance composer, STARA shows Halld贸r's development of a characteristic style and unique sense of narrative. All the works on the album are inspired by personal experiences and are often dedicated to people close to the composer himself. STARA features Halld贸r's three string quartets: draw + play, Stara, and BLAKTA; the guitar solo piece Sk煤lpt煤r 1; and the chamber works _a_at_na and stop breathing. Halld贸r's music has been described as atmospheric yet aggressive, characterized by a simmering energy just beneath the surface that erupts from time to time. His compositional voice is highly original and personal. In each composition, Halld贸r strives for a distinct approach, which is guided by the specifics of the composition (the occasions, the space, the instruments, the performer, etc.). As a result, his sonic repertoire is extremely rich. He often includes extra-musical and music-theatrical aspects, which create highly distinct artistic experiences. Additionally, Halld贸r has been acknowledged for high attention to detail in regard to sound and notation. STARA is intended to be an insightful portrait of the composer, introducing Halld贸r's poetic sonic world.
STARA is Halld贸r Sm谩rason's debut album. It was recorded in Halld贸r's hometown of I'safjo"rdur, in the Westfjords region in the northwestern part of Iceland. Featuring works from different stages in the composer's life, ranging from his student years in New York to this day as a family man and freelance composer, STARA shows Halld贸r's development of a characteristic style and unique sense of narrative. All the works on the album are inspired by personal experiences and are often dedicated to people close to the composer himself. STARA features Halld贸r's three string quartets: draw + play, Stara, and BLAKTA; the guitar solo piece Sk煤lpt煤r 1; and the chamber works _a_at_na and stop breathing. Halld贸r's music has been described as atmospheric yet aggressive, characterized by a simmering energy just beneath the surface that erupts from time to time. His compositional voice is highly original and personal. In each composition, Halld贸r strives for a distinct approach, which is guided by the specifics of the composition (the occasions, the space, the instruments, the performer, etc.). As a result, his sonic repertoire is extremely rich. He often includes extra-musical and music-theatrical aspects, which create highly distinct artistic experiences. Additionally, Halld贸r has been acknowledged for high attention to detail in regard to sound and notation. STARA is intended to be an insightful portrait of the composer, introducing Halld贸r's poetic sonic world.
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Label: SONL
Rel. Date: 06/26/2020
UPC: 053479224224

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STARA is Halld贸r Sm谩rason's debut album. It was recorded in Halld贸r's hometown of I'safjo"rdur, in the Westfjords region in the northwestern part of Iceland. Featuring works from different stages in the composer's life, ranging from his student years in New York to this day as a family man and freelance composer, STARA shows Halld贸r's development of a characteristic style and unique sense of narrative. All the works on the album are inspired by personal experiences and are often dedicated to people close to the composer himself. STARA features Halld贸r's three string quartets: draw + play, Stara, and BLAKTA; the guitar solo piece Sk煤lpt煤r 1; and the chamber works _a_at_na and stop breathing. Halld贸r's music has been described as atmospheric yet aggressive, characterized by a simmering energy just beneath the surface that erupts from time to time. His compositional voice is highly original and personal. In each composition, Halld贸r strives for a distinct approach, which is guided by the specifics of the composition (the occasions, the space, the instruments, the performer, etc.). As a result, his sonic repertoire is extremely rich. He often includes extra-musical and music-theatrical aspects, which create highly distinct artistic experiences. Additionally, Halld贸r has been acknowledged for high attention to detail in regard to sound and notation. STARA is intended to be an insightful portrait of the composer, introducing Halld贸r's poetic sonic world.