“This was her, Mick Kelly, walking in the daytime and by herself at night. In the hot sun and in the dark with all the plans and feelings. This music was her—the real plain her…This music did not take a long time or a short time. It did not have anything to do with time going by at all. She sat with her arms around her legs, biting her salty knee very hard. The whole world was this symphony, and there was not enough of her to listen… Now that it was over there was only her heart beating like a rabbit and this terrible hurt.”
— Carson McCullers (The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)

Although though these events are not technically under the umbrella of DesignMarch, I wanted to write about the incredible concerts we went to this evening, because I feel that everything on in Reykjavik this weekend contributes to the atmosphere of the festival.

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Tonight we were lucky enough* to attend the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra’s concert ‘Drumming’. The music made me feel the way a cat feels when it is being scratched behind the ears, with it’s eyes half closed.
The ten besuited percussionists were so tight that I ceased to observe them as individual musicians. The rhythm had created an opaque backdrop to the our own interior states. It bore us us and away on a steady gentle wave or lowered us into a trance.
The scenography and lighting were well considered throughout the whole piece, and when they came to the final part, the whole stage was lit and I lifted myself out of reverie enough to look around. Next to me a boy who looked about ten years old was dozing comfortably on his Mama’s shoulder. Behind me to the right a man in a lopapeysa was rocking and nodding, eyes shut, with a smile on his face which could only be described as beatific.
The audience gave a rapturous standing ovation. There were two curtain calls.

Elated by the concert, we headed to Sódóma for the Apparat gig. It was incredible, they are amazing.

I know that today was grey and rainy, and according to the weather forecast tomorrow is not going to be much better. But I hope you got to see something good today.

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I hope you went for a walk, and saw a piece of design that made you think of something in a new way, and when you went outside everything was grey and gloomy but there was a moment when the weather cleared and everything around you was suddenly different, resplendent in a way which seemed at the time to be somehow cosmically significant – a shining moment.

– Sahra

* Thankyou so much to the totally awesome Frank Aarnink for giving us the tickets.