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Music for the long night

Elizabeth Alker winds down the weekend with music from Iceland's Dark Days Music Festival, a new single from Four Tet and Anna Meredith's reimagining of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

In this episode we head to the snow covered volcanic plains and characterful theatres and concert halls of Iceland for a look back at this year's Dark Music Days festival. There'll be live performances by the excellent cellist Zoe Martlew of music by Daniel Bjarnasson. A new project called Remains of the Commonwealth sets samples of Greenlandic folk song and prose against an electronic backdrop in quadrophonic spatialisation. Also, the eccentric Lithuanian artist Arma Agharta bring eruptions of chaotic noise and hypnotic psychedelic ritual, dadaist humour and glossolalia. We also hear new music by María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir and Icelandic duo Duplum Duo sing about the perils of modern life.

And away from the festival, we have the exclusive first play of music by Thomas Farnon, a gem from the collaboration between Neil Cowley and Ben Lukas Boysen, brand new Four Tet and a look ahead to a show from the Scottish Ensemble with music by Anna Meredith.

This is the last in the current series of Unclassified although next weekend will feature the repeat of an episode from a previous series.
Unclassified will be back in a new regular, weekly Thursday night slot in the autumn.

1 hour

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Sun 19 May 2019 23:00

Music Played

  • Neil Cowley

    Solitary Refinement

    Composer: Ben Lukas Boysen. Performer: Ben Lukas Boysen. Performer: Neil Cowley.
    • Grains & Motes.
    • Mote.
    • 1.
  • Daníel Bjarnason

    Bow to String, pt 3 'Air to Breath'

    Performer: Zoë Martlew.
  • Heðin Ziska Davidsen

    Extract from performance given in Idno, Reykjavik for Dark Music Days

    Composer: Jesper Pedersen. Composer: Ross Kristian. Performer: Remains of the Commonwealth.
  • Thomas Farnon

    Well Trained Smile

    Performer: Peter Gregson. Choir: London Voices.
    • Solace.
    • Chromium Music Group.
    • 8.
  • Kieran Hebden

    Teenage Bird Song

    Performer: Four Tet.
  • María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir


    Performer: Nordic Affect.
    • He(a)r.
    • Sono Luminus ‎.
    • 2.
  • Arma Agharta

    Being Silence

    Performer: Arma Agharta.
  • Oliver Coates

    Sky With Four Suns

    Composer: John Luther Adams. Performer: Oliver Coates.
    • John Luther Adams' Canticles Of The Sky.
    • RVNG INTL..
    • 1.
  • Markus Sieber

    La joya

    Performer: Aukai.
    • Reminiscence.
    • aukaimusic.
    • 2.
  • Björk Níelsdóttir


    Composer: Pora Margret Sveinsdottir. Ensemble: Duplum Duo.
  • Antonio Vivaldi


    Composer: Anna Meredith. Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble.
    • Anno: Four Seasons.
    • Moshi Moshi Records.
    • 7.


  • Sun 19 May 2019 23:00

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