RIFF organized a themed concert last Wednesday, with Icelandic music artists Skúli Sverrisson and Sóley. The concert took place in the suggestive setting of Reikjavík’s Fríkirkja, beaten by rain.
Sóley opened with a selection of songs from her latest album We Sink, which was released earlier this month. I will never tire to repeat how magical Sóley’s music is, especially live. The church’s nave echoed with the musician’s looping voice, while her figure stood in front of a screen filled with images conjured by the talented visual artist Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir.
Skúli Sverrisson performed music to When It Was Blue by Jennifer Todd Reeves. The church’s interior turned pitch black during the performance, with the only exception of the flickering screen. Skúli created with his guitar a wonderful soundscape for the captivating images that were following one another in rapid succession. Music and imagery blended in the obscurity, while the church kept still and the audience sat in complete silence. Fríkirkja’s huge windows were bathed in the eerie illumination coming from lights penetrating from the outside, offering the wandering eye a perfect complement for the show.
All photos (c)putheowl.