Cauda Collective performs new arrangements of Icelandic folk songs as well as new arrangements on the sacred songs of St. Thorlakur Thorhallsson, written in 1280-1330. Thorlakur was bishop in Skálholt in 1178-1193. After he died people told stories of his sacred work and his bones were dug up on July 20th 1198. That day later became the summer mass day of St. Thorlakur. In his collection of ancient Icelandic music, Bjarni Þorsteinsson wrote: These songs are remarkable not only because of their old age, but also because they are written in Iceland, in the style of Icelandic poetry, by Icelandic men, about an Icelander.
11:00 - Summer Concert Service: KIMI and Cauda Collective
20:15 - Artist talk: Cauda Collective and Sigurður Halldórsson about Þorlákstíðir
21:00 - Cauda Collective: Þorlákstíðir
Cauda Collective is a chamber music group which aims to bring together classical repertoire with new music and combine with other art mediums. Cauda Collective consists of founders Sigrún Harðardóttir violinist and Þórdís Gerður Jónsdóttir cellist but the group grows, adds more performers and other artists according to what each program or project needs. The group aims to seek exploratory ways to mediate music to the audience, for example by working with a theme and using elements from theatre to make the music more approachable for the public. In Cauda Collective, the role of the classical music performer is challenged, e.g. with arranging and composing new music and to work with other artists and art mediums. In every performance, Cauda Collective premiers at least one new piece. In this concert violist Þóra Margrét Sveinsdóttir joins Cauda. She has played with the ensemble for the past year and has contributed to the arrangements of Þorlákstíðir.