Bára  Gísladóttir
Photo: Gabrielle Motola

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.
Her works have been performed by, among others, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Phil, the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Adapter, Riot Ensemble at festivals such as HCMF, Transit, Dark Music Days, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, KLANG Festival, SPOR 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, the Grapevine Music Award 2017 and was nominated for Carl Nielsen Prize in 2020 and 2022 and The Nordic Council Music Prize 2022 for her work as a composer.

Available Works

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  1. GROWL POWER

    2022 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Solo

    13:15 minutes

    Bass flute and live-electronics

  2. Ever Out After Dark (or blue lady in boring city)

    2022 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Solo

    12 minutes

    Alto flute and electronics

  3. Stars with Shadows (on vast void and whatnot)

    2022 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Solo

    8:10 minutes

    Piccolo solo

  4. Devotchka watch her garbles

    2017 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

    12:40 minutes

    Bass flute, bass clarinet, harp, percussion, double bass and electronics

  5. Yung Leo

    2018 • Bára Gísladóttir

    7+ Instruments

    12 minutes

    for solo saxophone (tenor and alto), string quintet, three percussionists and electronics

  6. Suzuki Baleno

    2016 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    for soprano, flute, clarinet in Bb, violin and percussion

  7. Suzuki Baleno II

    2016 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

    Soprano, flute, clarinet in Bb, violin, cello and percussion,

  8. Respirare l'ombra

    2017 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

    5 minutes

    for harp and a five string double bass

  9. Nið(ur)

    2016 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

    6 minutes

    soprano, flute, clarinet in Bb, violin, cello and piano

  10. HAF:köf(n)un

    2015 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

    11 minutes

    Flute, tenor sax, guitar & tam-tam

  11. ORF (en líka axir og önnur pyntingatæki)

    2018 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Solo

    8:30 minutes

    Viola d'amore & electronics

  12. Otoconia

    2017 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

    6:40 minutes

    Slightly amplified string quartet and electronics

  13. Flashes from the various east

    2017 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

    5:20 minutes

    Baritone, bass clarinet, trumpet and trombone

  14. Átta lög við ljóð eftir Kött Grá Pje

    2018 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

    9:20 minutes

    Mezzo-soprano, baritone and string quartet

  15. Prussian Blue

    2017 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

    11 minutes

    Violin and piano

  16. GLÓÐ|STELPA

    2022 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Solo

    7:52 minutes

    for flute solo

  17. Animals of your Pasture

    2021 • Bára Gísladóttir

    7+ Instruments

    20 minutes

    B.fl, ob, b.cl, t.sax, perc, el.guit, hpd, db & electronics

  18. Hringla

    2022 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Orchestra

    16:40 minutes

    3(bfl).3(ca).3(bcl).3(cb)/4.3.3(btbn).1/3perc/elec/14.12.10.8.6 + amplified solo db and electronics

  19. NĀT

    2020 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Choir

    6 minutes

    Choir (SATB) and double bass

  20. COR

    2021 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Orchestra

    15:35 minutes

    2(bfl).3(ca).3(2bcl)3(cbsn)/4.3.2+btrbn.1/4perc/0.0.0.0.7

  21. Rage against reply guy

    2021 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

    9:06 minutes

    Bass clarinet, electric guitar, violin, violoncello, live-electronics

  22. exaudi

    2020 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    35 minutes

    S & T solo + fl, cl (or bcl), vln, vlc, perc & pno

  23. the worlds within our petty voids

    2019 • Bára Gísladóttir

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    Flute, oboe, violin, viola & cello

  24. Music to accompany your sweet splatter dreams

    2019 • Bára Gísladóttir

    7+ Instruments

    5:30 minutes

    1(picc).1.1.1/1.1.1.0/perc/pno/1.1.1.1.1

  25. VÍDDIR

    2020 • Bára Gísladóttir

    7+ Instruments

    60 minutes

    Nine flutes, percussion trio, bass guitar & double bass

  26. Fluttering Wings

    2018 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Educational Music

    Cello solo

  27. Balders drøm

    2018 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Educational Music

    Accordeon solo

  28. VAPE

    2016 • Bára Gísladóttir

    Orchestra

    12 minutes

    3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/timp/3perc/arp/16.14.12.10.8




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News

  1. Bára Gísladóttir shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards

    nominations / awards

    Bára Gísladóttir shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards

  2. Bára Gísladóttir Album Release

    releases

    Bára Gísladóttir Album Release

  3. Countdown to the Nordic Council Music Prize

    nominations / awards

    Countdown to the Nordic Council Music Prize

  1. Nordic Music Days 2022

    general

    Nordic Music Days 2022

  2. Bára Gísladóttir featured in The Strad

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    Bára Gísladóttir featured in The Strad

  3. Bára Gísladóttir's VÍDDIR in Mexico and the US

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    Bára Gísladóttir's VÍDDIR in Mexico and the US

  4. Edition·S at KLANG Festival

    general

    Edition·S at KLANG Festival

  5. Gísladóttir and Tjørnhøj nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize

    nominations / awards

    Gísladóttir and Tjørnhøj nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize

  6. Gísladóttir & Stauning nominated for Carl Prisen 2022

    nominations / awards

    Gísladóttir & Stauning nominated for Carl Prisen 2022

  7. Edition·S at SPOR festival

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    Edition·S at SPOR festival

  8. Dark Music Days postponed

    general

    Dark Music Days postponed

  9. Upcoming performances 2022

    general

    Upcoming performances 2022

  10. Gísladóttir receives Gladsaxe Music Prize

    nominations / awards

    Gísladóttir receives Gladsaxe Music Prize

  11. Bára Gísladóttir World Premiere

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    Bára Gísladóttir World Premiere

  12. Great review for Gísladóttir

    reviews

    Great review for Gísladóttir

  13. Bára Gísladóttir World Premiere

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    Bára Gísladóttir World Premiere

  14. Musikalske aftryk · Video teaser

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    Musikalske aftryk · Video teaser

  15. KLANG festival 2021

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    KLANG festival 2021

  16. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

    nominations / awards

    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  17. Nomination · Bára Gísladóttir

    nominations / awards

    Nomination · Bára Gísladóttir

  18. Music video · Bára Gísladóttir

    releases

    Music video · Bára Gísladóttir

  19. Score Follower · Bára Gísladóttir

    releases

    Score Follower · Bára Gísladóttir

  20. Digital Concert Series

    general

    Digital Concert Series

  21. Postponed World Premiere · Bára Gísladóttir · NĀT

    general

    Postponed World Premiere · Bára Gísladóttir · NĀT

  22. Interview · Bára Gísladóttir

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    Interview · Bára Gísladóttir

  23. Upcoming album · Bára Gísladóttir: HĪBER

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    Upcoming album · Bára Gísladóttir: HĪBER

  24. Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

    general

    Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

  25. Composers nominated for Carl Prisen 2020

    general

    Composers nominated for Carl Prisen 2020

  26. Celebrating female composers

    general

    Celebrating female composers

  27. Reviews · Bára Gísladóttir Debut Concert

    reviews

    Reviews · Bára Gísladóttir Debut Concert

  28. Bára Gísladóttir · Debut Concert

    general

    Bára Gísladóttir · Debut Concert

  29. Dark Music Days Festival in Iceland

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    Dark Music Days Festival in Iceland

  30. Bára Gísladóttir · SEGÏA

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    Bára Gísladóttir · SEGÏA

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

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    Rønsholdt, Løffler, and Gísladóttir on Warsaw Autumn Festival

  32. Gísladóttir and Black at Young Nordic Music

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    Gísladóttir and Black at Young Nordic Music

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

    general

    Gísladóttir og Black på programmet til Ung Nordisk Musik 2019

  34. Talent award for Bára Gísladóttir and James Black

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    Talent award for Bára Gísladóttir and James Black

  35. Reviews: KLANG 10th Anniversary

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    Reviews: KLANG 10th Anniversary

  36. Two world premieres at KLANG reviewed

    general

    Two world premieres at KLANG reviewed

  37. Bára Gísladottír published by Edition·S

    general

    Bára Gísladottír published by Edition·S

  38. Celebrating female composers

    general

    Celebrating female composers

  39. BBC broadcasts Gísladóttir and Steen-Andersen

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    BBC broadcasts Gísladóttir and Steen-Andersen

  40. Accordion extravaganza at RDAM

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    Accordion extravaganza at RDAM

  41. Edition·S composers at Darmstadt

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    Edition·S composers at Darmstadt

  42. 5-star review of Pulsar opening concert

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    5-star review of Pulsar opening concert

  43. PULSAR: Interviews with three composition students

    general

    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