An opportunity to hear an Aldeburgh Festival featured composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir talk about her work including the evening’s performance of her elemental new work, Metacosmos.

“Listening to the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s music is a little like listening to Iceland itself. Mighty forces seem to be at play – creaking ice sheets, growling volcanoes, tectonic plates grinding against each other.” – Financial Times

Metacosmos is constructed around the natural balance between beauty and chaos – how elements can come together in (seemingly) utter chaos to create a unified, structured whole. The idea and inspiration behind the piece, which is connected as much to the human experience as to the universe, is the speculative metaphor of falling into a black hole – the unknown – with endless constellations and layers of opposing forces connecting and communicating with each other, expanding and contracting, projecting a struggle for power as the different sources pull on you and you realize that you are being drawn into a force that is beyond your control.

Thorvaldsdottir’s works appear throughout this year’s Festival; follow the links below to find out more.

Photograph Kristinn Ingvarsson

Singular and uniquely lovely

Seen and Heard International on Metacosmos

Strikingly talented

The New Yorker