Olafur Arnalds "re:member"

BAFTA winning Icelandic composer, musician and producer Ólafur Arnalds will release his fourth solo studio album, re:member on Mercury on 24 August. The highly anticipated record features Ólafur’s ground-breaking new software, Stratus, which transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument. He is currently performing his new material on a huge worldwide tour.

The Stratus Pianos are two self-playing, semi-generative player pianos which are triggered by a central piano played by Ólafur, and are the centrepiece of his new works. The custom-built software is born out of two years of work by the composer and audio developer, Halldór Eldjárn. The algorithms generated from Stratus were also used to create the innovative album artwork.

On the album Ólafur uses these methods reinvigorate the compositional experience, feeding back into the creative process in a completely new way. As Ólafur plays a note on the piano, two different notes are generated by Stratus, creating unexpected harmonies and surprising melodic sequences.

Speaking of the album, Ólafur says, “This is my breaking out-of-a-shell album. It’s me taking the raw influences that I have from all these different musical genres and not filtering them. It explores the creative process and how one can manipulate that to get out of the circle of expectations and habit.”

Ólafur’s uplifting new music uses the Stratus Pianos as well as string quartet, synths, electronics, live drums and a string orchestra recorded at London’s Air Studios. Plummeting the listener into a subversive world full of unexpected moods and emotions, Ólafur explores foreign musical soundscapes in every facet of re:member.

The brand new single, unfold, welcomes the listener with the sound of a stream twisting and flowing across rocks and feature vocals from British singer, songwriter and producer, SOHN. It is accompanied by a brand new music video which celebrates moments of reawakening.

From the very first note, the album takes the listener on a beautiful musical journey, constantly evolving and enlivening. The record concludes with a track called nyepi – meaning the Balinese ‘Day of Silence’, celebrated on New Year’s Day where everyone shuts themselves off from the outside world.

Yet Ólafur is not shutting himself off – he is inviting the listener to be part of his creative process. Even in his live shows, the audience becomes part of the performance as Ólafur uses a loop machine to capture people singing and seamlessly weaves it into his compositions. He says, “I want to inspire a community of creators with my music.”

Internationally celebrated for his haunting musical style, Ólafur captivatingly combines elements of ambient, classical, electronic and even elements of pop and rock. re:member follows the success of his innovative musical project Island Songs (2016), and two previous improvised projects Found Songs (2009) and Living Room Music (2011), both of which involved the daily release of new works over a seven-day period. Ólafur has also been praised for extensive soundtrack work, more recently composing the score for ITV’s Broadchurch, for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Original Music.

Ólafur is currently on a huge worldwide tour – performing over 40 shows, after having recently sold out London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. His spellbinding performances will bring together past, present and brand-new material in a fresh light.



1.            re:member

2.            unfold (ft. SOHN)

3.            saman

4.            brot

5.            inconsist

6.            they sink

7.            ypsilon

8.            partial

9.            momentary

10.          undir

11.          ekki hugsa

12.          nyepi

2018 tour dates:

14th June            Barcelona, Sonar Festival

21st June            San Francisco, Regency Ballroom *sold out*

22nd June           Los Angeles, The Cathedral Sanctuary *sold out*

23rd June            Chicago, Thalia Hall *sold out*

24th June            Toronto, Luminato Festival *sold out*

28th June            Quebec, Palais Montcalm

29th June            Montreal, Jazz Festival *sold out*

30th June            New York, Le Poison Rouge *sold out*

1st July                New York, Murmrr Theater

26th Sept            Brighton, The Dome

27th Sept            Bath, Forum

28th Sept            Birmingham, Town Hall

29th Sept            Edinburgh, Assembly Rooms

30th Sept            Manchester, Albert Hall

1st Oct                 Dublin, National Concert Hall *sold out*

2nd Oct                Cork, Opera House

5th Oct                 Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie *sold out*

7th Oct                 Kurhaus, Wiesbaden

8th Oct                 Ludwigsburg, Forum

9th Oct                 Wroclaw, Narodowe

10th Oct              Leipzig, Gewandhaus

11th Oct              Berlin, Tempodrom

12th Oct              Prague, Lucerna

15th Oct              Linz, Posthof

16th Oct              Milan, Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo

17th Oct              Zurich, Volkshaus

21st Oct               Lyon, Auditorium

22nd Oct             Bordeaux, Theatre Femina

23rd Oct              Toulouse, Halle aux Grains

24th Oct              Paris, Salle Pleyel

25th Oct              Antwerpen, Queen Elisabeth Hall

27th Oct              Nijmegen, Concertgebouw De Vereeniging

28th Oct              Groningen, Oosterpoort

29th Oct              Rotterdam, Schouwburg

30th Oct              London, Palladium

31st Oct               London, Palladium

18th Dec              Reykjavík, Harpa

More dates will be announced worldwide in the coming weeks.


05.10. Hamburg, Elbphi
07.10. Wiesbaden, Kurhaus
08.10. Ludwigsburg, Forum
10.10. Leipzig, Gewandhaus
11.10. Berlin, Tempodrom