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The Scent Opera, a strange olfactory & music collaboration that dates back to 2009, is the first release on Bedroom Community’s HVALREKI digital-series. Written by Nico Muhly & Valgeir Sigurðsson for Green Aria: A Scent Opera. ‘An opera for your nose’ by Stewart Matthew and perfumer Christophe Laudamiel. Premiered at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in August 2009, this is the first time the recording has been released.

The opera’s premise is that a sequence of smells guides us through a oblique parable about industrialisation, through short episodic bursts of information. Some smells are dirty, like the rubber of a train in Paris, and others are classically blended harmonically well-rounded scents. Occasionally, a clean, neutral, pure sound arrives as a little flute-scented garden which should have the effect of clearing the chaos of the surrounding music (and, indeed, smells).

Nadia Sirota and Helgi Hrafn Jónsson join us as two of the essential voices that bind the narrative together. The multivalent collaboration yielded many surprising results: a 14-minute score that is funny, aggressive, shape-shifting, electronic, acoustic, and strange.

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from Scent Opera, track released August 5, 2016
August 5, 2016
Scent Opera:
Composed by Nico Muhly & Valgeir Sigurðsson
Produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson
Orchestrated & Conducted by Nico Muhly

Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Valgeir Sigurðsson at Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavík

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Trombone, Vocals: Helgi Hrafn Jónsson
Solo Viola: Nadia Sirota
Solo Bass: Borgar Magnason
Marimba, Vibraphone, Tubafone: Frank Aarnink
Harp: Katie Buckley

Violin:
Sif Tulinius
Pálína Árnadóttir
Ingrid Karlsdóttir
Una Sveinbjarnardóttir
Kristín Björg Ragnarsdóttir
Rósa Hrund Guðmundsdóttir
Hrafkell Orri Egilsson
Margrét Árnadóttir

Cello: Júlía Mogensen

Double Bass:
Borgar Magnason
Óttar Sæmundsen

Bass Clarinet: Snorri Heimisson

Flute:
Kolbeinn Bjarnason
Melkorka Ólafsdóttir

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Piano, Celesta, Dulcitone, Glockenspien, Percussion: Nico Muhly
Programming, Synth:Valgeir Sigurðsson

Artwork by Muriel McDonald

Nico Muhly published by St. Rose Music Publishing Co., Inc.
Valgeir Sigurðsson published by Faber Music Ltd.

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A Graduate of the Juilliard School for composition, Vermont-born Nico Muhly has been causing significant ripples in modern music circles with a variety of projects. Nico has collaborated closely with artists as diverse as Antony (from Antony and the Johnsons) and Philip Glass. ... more

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