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Gyða Valtýsdottir is the founding member of one of the biggest success stories in the history of Icelandic music, mūm. Her Epicycle project is the product of those teenage years and the time thereafter, honing and growing into the musician she is today.
Her live show features two of her esteemed and favourite collaborators Shazad Ismaily on synths, and Julian Sartorius on drums, complimenting her exquisite cello playing and effortless voice.
The trio brings levels of authority to the mythical pieces Gyða has chosen to perform, for the Epicycle live project, creating a sound that is haunting and magical.
Gyða’s post mūm years were well spent, returning to her roots and obtaining a double masters in classical cello, at Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, and Hochschule für Musik in Basel, all the while collaborating and exploring wherever possible.
The resulting Epicycle album features patient renditions from the two thousand year old ‘Seikilos Epitaph’, and the most modern, ‘God Music’ from George Crumb’s Black Angels, composed in 1970. Gyda’s musical journey has been led by curiosity and an open mind; a relentless search for the essence and deeper meaning of music. She explores Schubert and Schumann, Hildegard von Bingen, Olivier Messiaen, Harry Partch and Prokofiev along the way.
We are delighted to present this truly remarkable project as Gyða Valtýsdottir’s presents Epicycle.
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