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jónsi & alex somers: riceboy sleeps with the london contemporary orchestra

30 January 2019

jónsi & alex somers: riceboy sleeps with the london contemporary orchestra

monday 8 jul 2019, barbican hall, 7.30pm

to celebrate its 10th anniversary, we are proud to announce the european premiere of “riceboy sleeps” performed live by jónsi & alex somers with the london contemporary orchestra, conducted by robert ames, with orchestral arrangements by david handler. a collaboration between the sigur rós singer and american visual artist and composer somers, the album will be performed in its atmospheric ambient entirety for the first time anywhere.  recorded at home in iceland while jónsi was on hiatus from sigur rós and finished off-grid in hawaii, the album was a sleeper hit, with the bbc saying “riceboy sleeps operates at a heady level of beauty”, the evening standard “…it’s up there with the best of sigur rós” and the observer “beautifully fragile music, not disposable but built to last”.  and so it has proved; the album’s stature has only grown in recent years, with songs such as ‘happiness’ and ‘boy 1904’ enjoying runaway success across some of the world’s most listened to streaming playlists
tickets are on sale to barbican members on thursday 31 january, general sale on friday 1 february 2019

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