Passepartout Duo's residency in Iceland lasted 9 weeks and we can assure you, none of them were boring. All of them were snowy.
In the small fishing town of Ólafsfjörður (population 800), we ended up accomplishing so much more than anticipated:
- The Duo recorded two videos featuring music by Bryan Jacobs and Lansing McLoskey; in the first one we experiment with lighting design and the second one features visual art by our peer resident, Yumo Wu
- We took part in two music festivals: Dark Music Days brought us to discover Reykjavik with a concert at a venue designed by Alvar Aalto, the Nordic house, and Skammdegi Festival allowed us to explore some alternative performance formats. In particular, we created a video installation of our films and a house concert tour. One of those concerts even brought us to play at the artist Aðalheiður S. Eysteinsdóttir's home among her wooden sculptures.
Was it dark? Yes, and we did see some Northern lights, but we were mostly fascinated by this other natural occurrence: polar stratospheric clouds.
But probably the biggest news is that... we collaborated on our FIRST ALBUM, with visual art by Yannis and Yumo, an amazing artist couple from Beijing, and original music by us. See the video below to hear us speak a little about Skammdegi and the album.