Bára Gísladóttir (IS)
Bára Gísladóttir is an Icelandic composer and double bassist based in Copenhagen. Over the last years, she has worked towards combining her instrumental practices with her compositions – creating a growing solo project.
She has released three albums; Different Rooftops, in 2015, containing pieces for voice, tenor saxophone, double bass and electronics, B R I M S L Ó Ð, in 2016, a piece in three movements for double bass and electronics, and Mass for some in 2017, for double bass, voice and electronics.
In addition to her solo project, she is the double bassist of Elja Ensemble, Skark Ensemble, and Balkan-band Orphic Oxtra. She has also performed with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and S.L.Á.T.U.R.
Her music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras such as The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Duo Harpverk, Elektra Ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble InterContemporain, Esbjerg Ensemble, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, loadbang, Motocontrario, Mimitabu, NJYD, Riot Ensemble, Siggi String Quartet and TAK Ensemble. Bára ́s pieces have been selected for festivals such as Dark Music Days, International Rostrum of Composers, KLANG Festival, ManiFeste Ircam Academy, Nordic Music Days and Ung Nordisk Musik.
In 2018, Bára received the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize for her compositional work.