27: Ólafur Arnalds on Collaboration
Ólafur Arnalds is one of Iceland’s top composers and probably best known in the UK for his BAFTA-award winning score to the television show Broadchurch.
Only just in his thirties, Ólafur has carved our a career that’s seen him work with the likes of Nils Fraham, as well as moonlight as one half of techno outfit Kiasmos – along with his friend Janus from electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup.
Last year he released the album Island Songs which saw him connect with local musicians across his home country to create a community-based portrait of Icelandic music.
Collaboration is a very important part of the way Ólafur approaches music. Just a couple of days after a companion film to the Island Songs project premiered in Iceland, we sat down with him to talk about why working with other musicians is so vital.
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