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Island Songs by Ólafur Arnalds

Over the course of 7 weeks, as part of a project titled Island Songs, Icelandic composer and musician Ólafur Arnalds has arranged to collaborate with local artists across Iceland to create and perform a song each week, and release the audio and a video performance online (shot by director Baldvin Z).

Arnalds comments: “I always want to make everything sound perfect, but I also know that perfection doesn’t necessarily make for good music. So these projects grew out of an internal fight with myself, a need to create something spontaneous and improvised.”

The real-time, traveling project can be followed at, new songs are released every Monday. Here is the video of Arnalds’ collaboration with music teacher and organist Dagný Arnalds, 1995.

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