Ólafur Arnalds

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Biography

Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist and composer - internationally known for his haunting musical style. He captivatingly combines elements of ambient, classical, electronic, pop and rock music. His recent album “re:member” (2018) follows the success of his innovative musical project Island Songs (2016). “re:member” features Ólafur’s new software, Stratus, which transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument.

Ólafur has been praised for his extensive soundtrack work, including composing the score for ITV’s Broadchurch, for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Original Music. He has been involved in various other media projects and his music appears in many films, television shows and advertisements.

Together with Barði Jóhannson (Bang Gang), Ólafur composed music for “Dyad 1909”, a Random Dance/Wayne McGregor project. This music was released as an album in 2009.

Furthermore, Arnalds formed the experimental techno project “Kiasmos” together with Janus Rasmussen. They have released two albums so far: “Blurred” (2017) and “Kiasmos” (2014).

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News

  • Ólafur Arnalds Releases New Album 'some kind of peace'

    Ólafur Arnalds Releases New Album 'some kind of peace'

    6th November 2020

    Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and composer Ólafur Arnalds has today released his new album, some kind of peace, on Mercury KX. The album is a vulnerable and daring exploration on what it means to be alive with Ólafur urging the listener...

  • Evan Dando & Ólafur Arnalds Sign to Wise Music Group

    4th February 2020

    Evan Dando of The Lemonheads has signed a publishing agreement with Wise Music USA, part of Wise Music Group. The worldwide deal includes all of Evan’s work to date, including hit songs such as “It’s a Shame About Ray,” “My Drug Buddy,”...