The act of listening–truly listening–is an intimate action.
„Akroasis“,a term used by the Ancient Greeks to describe deeply listening to the world, as opposed to just looking at it, is the foundation of The PolyHarmonic Ensemble which explores natural ratios found in various aspects of nature, society, and culture, and translates them to melodies, improvisations, and innovative harmonic landscapes.
Led by local resident for a few years now, Phil Doyle (US), this project is part of over a decade long study of Harmonics, ratio and proportion, via mentor Drew Lesso, a former pupil of Karlheinz Stockhausen.
The group comprises not only some of the finest musicians in Iceland (Einar Scheving, Eyþór Gunnarsson, Hilmar Jensson, Óskar Guðjónsson, Snorri Sigurðarson, Tómas Jónsson), but also a Grammy award winning sound engineer, Chris Palowitch, and features the visual work of filmographer, Andri Thor Birgisson. Not only will you hear the unique creativity of the individual players, you will literally hear the sound of volcanoes, population data, mountains and more. This will be the world premiere of the ensemble which, in all seriousness, is easily one of the most artistic group of musicians Phil Doyle has ever assembled.
Phil Doyle (US) : saxophone / electronic woodwind
Einar Scheving (IS) : drums
Óskar Guðjónsson (IS) : saxophones
Snorri Sigurðarson (IS) : flugelhorn / electronic brass instruments
Eyþór Gunnarsson (IS) : keyboards
Hilmar Jensson (IS) : guitar
Tómas Jónsson (IS) : keyboards
Chris Palowitch (US) – soundscapes