A small, wooden, stave church, known as the ‘Church of Sailors’, sits in an empty and solitude landscape, with views of the ocean from a lonely beach. Hilmar and Georg, father and son, conductor and composer, gather here with a choir made up of people from the local area. Together with Ólafur and the South Iceland Chamber Choir, they will produce the third Island Songs composition.
For the third single we found a peaceful and beautiful location in Strandakirkja, a very small church right by the sea. My first attempt at writing for for choir, this was the largest crew so far on Island Songs; with Hilmar and the South Iceland Chamber Choir, who he conducts. Georg Kári, Hilmar’s son, is now a member of and frequent composer for the choir, plus the film and production crew and string quartet.
Collaborator / Hilmar Örn Agnarsson & Georg Kári Hilmarsson
Hilmar: Conductor & Georg: Composer
Synthar: Ólafur Arnalds, Choir: Kammerkór Suðurlands, Violin: Sólveig Vaka Eyþórsdóttir, Violin: Laufey Jensdóttir, Viola: Karl Pestka, Cello: Hallgrímur Jónas Jensson
Director: Baldvin Z, Director of photography: Jóhann Máni Jóhannsson, AC Focuspuller: Snorri Fairweather, Sound recorder: Benedikt Árnason, Lighting: Viktor Davíð Jóhannsson, Sound engeineer: Arnþór Örlygsson, Recording Assistant: Þórarinn Guðnason, Production Coordinator: Sólveig Ásta Sigurðardóttir, Transcriber: Snorri Hallgrímsson
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