Bára  Gísladóttir
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Bára Gísladóttir

(1989-)

The works of Bára Gísladóttir are characterised by a deep and self-reflective calm, at times producing an almost meditative state in the music. In her pieces, time is as likely to move in circles as it is moving forwards towards a distinct goal.

Whether writing for acoustic instruments or electronics, Gísladóttir is especially concerned with the rich details of sounds. Thus, overtones, liminal registers and multiphonics play an essential part in her works, creating an atmosphere of slowly progressing mystery.

A trained double bassist herself, Gísladóttir has performed many of her own works onstage. Thanks to its long strings the double bass produces a wide spectrum of overtones, making it a natural focus in several of Gísladóttir’s compositions.

Bára Gísladóttir studied at the Iceland University of the Arts, Conservatorio di musica “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano and the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Her teachers include Hróðmar I. Sigurbjörnsson, Þuríður Jónsdóttir, Gabriele Manca, Niels Rosing-Schow and Jeppe Just Christensen.

She is a member of the Icelandic ensembles Elja and SKARK.

Her works have been performed by, among others, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Ensemble InterContemporain and Ensemble Adapter at festivals such as Dark Music Days, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, KLANG Festival, International Rostrum of Composers and Nordic Music Days.

Bára Gísladóttir received the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Foundation Talent Award 2019, the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize 2018, and the Grapevine Music Award 2017 for her work as a composer.

Available Works

  1. Hringla

    2022 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Orchestra

  2. Rage against reply guy

    2021 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

  3. exaudi

    2020 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Music Drama and Stage Music

  4. the worlds within our petty voids

    2019 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

  5. Music to accompany your sweet splatter dreams

    2019 • Bára Gísladóttir

    7+ Instruments

  6. VÍDDIR

    2020 • Bára Gísladóttir

    7+ Instruments

  7. Fluttering Wings

    2018 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Educational Music

  8. Educate·S · Stykker for cello

    2018 • Bára Gísladóttir, Jexper Holmen, Ejnar Kanding, Jesper Koch, Eva Noer Kondrup, Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen, Mette Nielsen, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen,   Fuzzy , Niels Rønsholdt

    Educational Music

  9. Balders drøm

    2018 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Educational Music

  10. VAPE

    2016 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Orchestra

  11. NĀT

    2020 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Choir

  12. COR

    2021 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Orchestra




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News

  1. Upcoming performances 2022

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    Upcoming performances 2022

  2. Gísladóttir receives Gladsaxe Music Prize

    nominations / awards

    Gísladóttir receives Gladsaxe Music Prize

  3. Bára Gísladóttir World Premiere

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    Bára Gísladóttir World Premiere

  1. Great review for Gísladóttir

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    Great review for Gísladóttir

  2. Bára Gísladóttir World Premiere

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    Bára Gísladóttir World Premiere

  3. Musikalske aftryk · Video teaser

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    Musikalske aftryk · Video teaser

  4. KLANG festival 2021

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    KLANG festival 2021

  5. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

    nominations / awards

    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  6. Nomination · Bára Gísladóttir

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    Nomination · Bára Gísladóttir

  7. Music video · Bára Gísladóttir

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    Music video · Bára Gísladóttir

  8. Score Follower · Bára Gísladóttir

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    Score Follower · Bára Gísladóttir

  9. Digital Concert Series

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    Digital Concert Series

  10. Postponed World Premiere · Bára Gísladóttir · NĀT

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    Postponed World Premiere · Bára Gísladóttir · NĀT

  11. Interview · Bára Gísladóttir

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    Interview · Bára Gísladóttir

  12. Upcoming album · Bára Gísladóttir: HĪBER

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    Upcoming album · Bára Gísladóttir: HĪBER

  13. Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

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    Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

  14. Composers nominated for Carl Prisen 2020

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    Composers nominated for Carl Prisen 2020

  15. Celebrating female composers

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    Celebrating female composers

  16. Reviews · Bára Gísladóttir Debut Concert

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    Reviews · Bára Gísladóttir Debut Concert

  17. Bára Gísladóttir · Debut Concert

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    Bára Gísladóttir · Debut Concert

  18. Dark Music Days Festival in Iceland

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    Dark Music Days Festival in Iceland

  19. Bára Gísladóttir · SEGÏA

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    Bára Gísladóttir · SEGÏA

  20. Rønsholdt, Løffler, and Gísladóttir on Warsaw Autumn Festival

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    Rønsholdt, Løffler, and Gísladóttir on Warsaw Autumn Festival

  21. Gísladóttir and Black at Young Nordic Music

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    Gísladóttir and Black at Young Nordic Music

  22. Gísladóttir og Black på programmet til Ung Nordisk Musik 2019

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    Gísladóttir og Black på programmet til Ung Nordisk Musik 2019

  23. Talent award for Bára Gísladóttir and James Black

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    Talent award for Bára Gísladóttir and James Black

  24. Reviews: KLANG 10th Anniversary

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    Reviews: KLANG 10th Anniversary

  25. Two world premieres at KLANG reviewed

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    Two world premieres at KLANG reviewed

  26. Bára Gísladottír published by Edition·S

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    Bára Gísladottír published by Edition·S

  27. Celebrating female composers

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    Celebrating female composers

  28. BBC broadcasts Gísladóttir and Steen-Andersen

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    BBC broadcasts Gísladóttir and Steen-Andersen

  29. Accordion extravaganza at RDAM

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    Accordion extravaganza at RDAM

  30. Edition·S composers at Darmstadt

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    Edition·S composers at Darmstadt

  31. 5-star review of Pulsar opening concert

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    5-star review of Pulsar opening concert

  32. PULSAR: Interviews with three composition students

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    PULSAR: Interviews with three composition students

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Calendar

  1. September 2021
  2. 3

    September

    Bára Gísladóttir · Rage against reply guy · World premiere

    time21:00

    location Mayhem, Copenhagen, Denmark

    performed by Distractfold & reConvert

  1. October 2021
  2. 22

    October

    Bára Gísladóttir: Animals of your pasture

    time20:30

    location Transit Festival, Leuven, Belgium

    performed by Riot Ensemble

  1. November 2021
  2. 20

    November

    Bára Gísladóttir: Animals of your pasture

    time19:00

    location Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, United Kingdom

    performed by The Riot Ensemble