I’ve just had the most wonderful 36 hours in Reykjavik for Iceland Airwaves festival. In keeping with tradition, each year Bedroom Community curates a series of performances in the hipster bar Kaffibarinn, and I had the immense pleasure of playing a solo set there on Friday night. It was Marais, Hume, Abel, Muhly and Finnis. It really is quite a thrilling thing to be playing amplified unaccompanied baroque music in a bar rammed full of people standing around drinking craft beer and wearing what was a truly astonishing array of knitwear. I am more and more falling in love with the half hour set.
On Saturday, Valgeir Sigutrðsson and I returned to Kaffibarinn to premier Dissonance, a 25-minute temporal suspension of 90 seconds from a Mozart string quartet. It’s my new favourite thing and it’s bonkers. We then went to the beautiful new(ish) music venue Mengi for the Bedroom Community main show, where I got to be “special guest” and played lots of lovely things with James McVinnie, Daníel Bjarnason and Valgeir.