Sigurðsson’s work emerges from the electronic studio where he invents otherworldly sounds and hypnotic music. The arrangement by Chris Thompson makes the piece an acoustic object that constantly morphs like something organic though conceived on a machine.
Valgeir Sigurðsson, Veej
Valgeir Sigurðsson, Veej Artists
Producer and composer Valgeir Sigurðsson has been making musical noise for as long as he can remember, and professionally for over two decades. His formative years in a small Icelandic village proved fertile soil for his forays into self-taught recording technology, constantly refining his own recording artistry and composition, with three solo albums to his name, Ekvílibríum (2007), Draumalandið (2010) and Architecture of Loss (2013). Valgeir studied classical guitar and in 1991 he earned a ‘Tonmeister’ degree from London’s SAE Institute.
Valgeir is the founder of the Bedroom Community record label and Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavík, where he has established an influential sonic signature with recording techniques that push the boundaries of contemporary and neo-classical music production. Frequently pairing acoustic instruments with electronics, his scores have been performed by the likes of The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Crash Ensemble, Chiara Quartet, City of London Sinfonia and Nordic Affect.
Chris Thompson is a music producer, arranger, and percussionist. For over a decade he has been a member of Alarm Will Sound and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), and recently toured and recorded with Tyondai Braxton as a performer with his project HIVE. As an arranger he has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Nico Muhly, Dirty Projectors, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Matt Rogers aka Gameshow Outpatient, and Brian Reitzell (Hannibal), and as a performer he has participated in the world premieres of over 100 new works and can be heard on 25 studio albums.