Annette Gentz

Kira Kira

Biography

Kira Kira is Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, a composer and audio/visual artist from Iceland. As a founding member of Kitchen Motors, a mischievous label and collective based on experiments in electronic music and arts, she continually breaks boundaries between forms and genres through a repertoire that includes compositions for theatre, film, dance and art installations – as well as playful multi-disciplinary productions that exceed her work as merely a composer. Kira Kira sprang from this collective in 1999 and to this day works with Kitchen Motors’ ethos at heart -a spirit of playfulness, exploring the relationship between experimental music and visual arts, collaborating with various artists.
Playing solo at first, Kira Kira has recorded and played with a wide range of musicians since 2008, mostly trumpet player Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson, Finnish percussionist Samuli Kosminen, contrabass wizard Borgar Magnason and artist Alex Somers as well as guitarists Hilmar Jensson and Pétur Hallgrímsson.

Her first feature film as director and screenwriter, Grandma Lo-fi – The Basement Tapes of Sigridur Nielsdottir has been celebrated in New York’s Museum of Modern Art MoMA, CPH Dox, SXSW and numerous other festivals around the world.

Kira Kira has released three albums, Skotta, Our Map to The Monster Olympics and Feathermagnetik which came out on Morr Music’s Sound of a Handshake moniker in 2012 and on Afterhours in Japan. In 2014, she released two new live recordings together with Eskmo (Brendan Angelides), featuring The Echo Society 12 piece chamber orchestra in Los Angeles. In 2016 she signed with London based Mute Song.

Discography

Here you can browse a selection of Kira Kiras publications.

Feathermagnetik, 2012
Label: Morr Music

Our map to the monster olympics, 2008
Produced & mixed by Kira Kira
& Birgir Jon Birgisson
Labels: Smekkleysa & Afterhours

Skotta, 2005
Label: Afterhours



Film

Grandma Lo-fi - The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir, 2011
Composition, Co-Direction: Kira Kira
Copenhagen DOX
MoMA N.Y.
Sound and Vision Award CPH:DOX

Without Memory, 2011
A Film by Kira Kira
Music: Skuli Sverrisson

A Great Divide, 2011
A Film by Kira Kira
Music: Dustin O'Halloran

There's More than One Way to Dance, 2011
A Film by Kira Kira
Music: Tom Brosseau

On The Edge, 2007
The New Zealand Film Archive, Auckland

Spontaneous Kindness, 2006
A Film by Kira Kira
Music: Skuli Sverrisson

The Unclear Age - dance film, 2005
Director: Anais & Oliver Spiro
Music: Kira Kira & Johann Johannsson
Les Ballets C de la B


Theatre

Notes from the Underground,
2010 - 2011
Text: Fjodor Dostoyevsky
Director: Egill Anton Heidar Palsson
Schaubühne Theater, Berlin
Nomination: Prix Europa 2010; Sequences Festival, Reykjavik

Room 408, 2010
Interactive piece for web theater
Text & director: Hrafnhildur Hagalín & Steinunn Knútsdóttir
Nomination: Prix Europa Awards 2010

L'image, 2007
Director: Arthur Nauziel
Text: Samuel Becket
O Jonsson & Kaaber, Reykjavik Art Festival

Was geschah, nachdem Nora ihren Mann verlassen
hatte oder Stützen der Gesellschaften, 2006
Text: Elfriede Jelinek
Iceland Radio Theater

Sekt er kennd by Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson, 2004
Director: Stefan Jonsson
Reykjavik City Theater

Herjolfur has ceized to love, 2003
Director: Stefán Jónsson
Text: Sigtryggur Magnason
The National Theater of Iceland


Dance

Ambra, 2008
by Ina Christel Johannsen, with the Iceland Dance Company and Norwegian dance company Carte Blanche
Reykjavik Art Festival, Bergen International Festival and various theaters around Europe Norwegian Critics Awards 2008
 
Turn On - Tanzperformance, 2007
Choreographed, costumed and performed by Alexandra Gilbert, gadgets by Ilmur Stefansdottir
Thjodleikhuskjallarinn, Reykjavik, Iceland
 
Glow, 2004
audio/visual dance creation
with Birta Gudjonsdottir (visual artist) & Margret Sara Gudjonsdottir (dancer/choreographer)
Kunstcentrum Vooruit, Belgium
The Reykjavik City Theater, Reykjavik, Iceland
 
The unclear Age, short film, 2005
Director: Anaïs/ Olivier Spiro
Music: Johann Johannsson
Les Ballets C de la B, France/ Belgium


Art

Underneath - sound installation, 2011
In collaboration with Graham Keegan
Hla_an, Vogar, Iceland

Reciprocal, 2010
Installation by Elin Hansdottir
Biennale für Internationale Lichtkunst, Hamm, Deutschland

Trace, 2010
Installation by Elin Hansdottir
i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

Spiral Út - solo exhibition, 2009
Gallery Sudsudvestur, Reykjanesbae, Iceland

Kite Symphony II - happening, 2008
Shanghai Museum of Science & Technology
NOTCH Festival / eARTS

Poltergeist Cuckoo - sound art, 2007
Gallerie 0047, Oslo, Norway

Kite Symphony I - happening, 2006
With Finnur Ragnarsson
Gardskagaviti, Iceland

Closer - sound installation, 2006
The Living Art Museum

The Helium Choir - happening/ sound installation, 2006
Sequences Real-time Art Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland

Romantic Undead - installation, 2005
Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

Sing Blackhole - sound installation, 2004
Kunstcentrum Vooruit, Etoiles Polaires Festival, Gent, Belgium Slunkariki, Isafirdi, Iceland

The Tower Series - sound installations within towers, 2002 ongoing:

Duell II, 2004
Sonic Pictures Festival, Kunstcentrum Vooruit, Gent, Belgium

Death by Laughter, 2003
Hallgrimskirkja church tower, Reykjavik, Kirkjulistahatid, Iceland

Last Drops, 2002
Collaboration with Musikvatur 
Tho old Reykjavik Feuerturm, Tjarnargata, Iceland

Last Breath, 2002
Reykjavik Apotechary tower, Iceland


MUSIC FOR TV SERIES

DREAM CORP LLC

Director: Daniel Stessen
Music (co-composed by): Kira Kira



Kira Kira is co-composing the music for the second series of Dream Corp LLC - a surreal sci-fi comedy on Adult Swim created by Los Angeles based director Daniel Stessen. The series is the first on Adult Swim to use rotoscoping to achieve animation, a technique that entails drawing over live-action footage.


Dream Corp LLC
is an absurd workplace comedy set in a neglected dream therapy facility where a rotating cast of desperate patients have their dreams recorded and analyzed by Dream Corp's absent-minded professor.

To be aired in November 2017.

FILM SCORE

SUMMER CHILDREN (SUMARBÖRN)

Director: Gudrún Ragnarsdóttir
Music (co-composed by): Kira Kira


The siblings Eydís and Kári are only five and six years old when their parents' marriage breaks apart. As their mother struggles to find her footing following the divorce, they are sent temporarily to a children's home in the countryside. But their stay there turns out to be longer than they had ever imagined.

Kira Kira co-composed the score with Hermigervill

RELEASE

KIRA KIRA & ESKMO LIVE WITH THE ECHO SOCIETY

"Call It Mystery" by Kira Kira
"Perspective" by Eskmo


In 2014, two new live recordings from Kira Kira and Eskmo (Brendan Angelides) were released, featuring The Echo Society 12 piece chamber orchestra in Los Angeles.

A limited edition of 100 handmade wooden amulets with a download code of the live recordings of Call it Mystery by Kira Kira and Perspective by Eskmo can be acquired via Kira Kira's bandcamp-site.

Special guest appearances by:

Rob Simonsen on piano
Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson on trumpet
Dustin O' Halloran on piano



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