Strokkur is a short piece for large orchestra, written during my studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. It was first performed and recorded by the CvA Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ed Spanjaard, in April 2015. In June 2019 a second recording was made by The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason.
The piece depicts an eruption of Strokkur, one of Iceland's most famous geysers. Even though it is not the largest geyser in Iceland it is undoubtedly the most active one, erupting every 6-10 minutes, and due to it’s frequent eruptions it is sometimes dubbed “world’s most reliable geyser”.
Various combinations of instruments and extended techniques are used in the piece to create colourful and detailed textures that highlight the depiction of the geyser.
List of performances And REcordings
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 14:00
Q-Factory, Amsterdam, Netherlands
CvA Symphony Orchestra, cond. Ed Spanjaard
Upptaka - Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Harpa, Reykjavík, Iceland
Iceland Symphony Orchestra, cond. Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason