On December 23. 1999, roughly a week before the whole world was destroyed by the Y2K problem, Icelandic electronic band múm released Yesterday was Dramatic Today is OK.
On the evening of that day the band stood outside of a shop on the main street of Reykjavík selling the album to rushing christmas shoppers. But it wasn’t until later, when the album got its second release in 2000 and then the subsequent international release in 2001, that the albums ripples began to be felt.
“Sublime and gorgeous” Pitchfork said in their review, calling it “one of the most deeply, purely emotionally affecting albums of the year.” The Guardian called it "passionate and gorged with special talent“ in their 5/5 review. In 2005 the album was performed live in its entirety at the Barbican in London as part of the ATP curated Don’t Look Back series.
This year sees the 20 year anniversary of this innovative and influential album, with a special vinyl release and a short tour to celebrate.
Gyda Valtysdottir has been active as a musician since her early teens when she co-founded the experimental pop-group múm in the late 1990's. Leaving the band after the release of Finally We Are No One to focus on her further musical studies in Reykjavik, St. Petersburg and Basel, she graduated with a double masters degree from the Hochschule für Musik in Basel where her main teachers were cellist and composer Thomas Demenga and violist, composer and improviser Walter Fähndrich.
Her long list of collaborators include Josephine Foster, Kronos Quartet, Colin Stetson, Skúli Sverrisson, Ólöf Arnalds, Jónsi, Úlfur Hansson, Ben Frost, Dustin O´Halloran, Winged Victory for the Sullen, Damien Rice, Aaron & Bryce Dessner, visual-artist Ragnar Kjartansson and cult-film creator Guy Maddin, just to name few.
Gyda has created music for films, installations, dance, among many other creative ventures, possessing a rare range of musical experiences which creates a unique alchemical compound. Her first solo album, Epicycle, was released worldwide in 2017 to great acclaim, for example winning Album of the Year at the prestigious Iceland Music Awards. The album is a collection of recloaked gems of classical repertoire through the last 2000 years.
Múm / Gyda Valtysdottir
21 Sep 2019
Gyda Valtysdottir: 8pm