The Campaign for Bloodhoof: Meet Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir

“having our work performed at the MATA Festival is an amazing opportunity
to bring our work and the message to a wider audience.”

– Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir

        MATA

MATA, an independent presenter of new music based in New York City, was founded to commission, support, and present the music of early career composers.

On May 11, at University Settlement’s Speyer Hall, MATA will present Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir’s evening-length multimedia oratorio BLÓÐHÓFNIR, a setting of Icelandic poet Ger∂ur Kristny’s award-winning poem of the same name, for an all-female ensemble of period instruments and voices.


What is Bló∂hófnir?

Bló∂hófnir (Bloodhoof) revisits the ancient Eddic lay, the Skírnismal, recasting it from the perspective of the abducted giantess Ger∂ur, to demonstrate that what once may have been understood as a tale of romance, is better understood in the context of abduction and sexual violence.

 

Meet the Composer

Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir is a composer, violist, and interdisciplinary performer whose compositions include solo instrumental music, chamber music, orchestral work, baroque ballads, and soundscapes that mirror the natural world and our place within it. Her works have been performed in Europe, North- and Central America and the Middle-East by herself as well as groups such as Trio XelmYa, Nordic Affect, Umbra Ensemble, Kúbus and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Haraldsdóttir holds an MFA in music performance/composition from California Institute of the Arts (’11) and BMus in viola performance and composition at Iceland Academy of the Arts (’09).

Hear Kristín recite the opening of Ger∂ur Kristny’s Bló∂hófnir:

 

Minnigar

snjór sem ég þjappa
í greip
hno∂a í kúlu
og kasta

þa∂ hendir a∂eins
í huga mér

Hér festir ekki snjó

Brúin spennist
úr i∂andi grasi
í gráan mökk

Þar er landi∂ mitt
vafi∂ náttkyrri vaer∂
steypt í stálkaldan í

from Bló∂hófnir, Ger∂ur Kristny

Memories

snow which I press
in my hands
knead into a ball
and throw

but only
in my mind

snow does not settle here

The bridge reaches out
from waving grass
into smoky grey cloud

There is my country
wrapped in calm of night
steeped in steel-cold ice

trs. Rory McTurk

 


How can I help?

MATA is raising $7500 to help defray the costs of mounting this vital production.

Gifts:

$25 contributions will receive a digital download of the recording once it is available

$250 contributions will receive a limited-edition MATA / Bloodhoof tote bag

$750 contributions will receive a signed copy of Blódhófnir, in addition to the other benefits

$1500 contributions will receive access to a rehearsal of Bloodhoof, and two reserved tickets to the performance, in addition to the other benefits