Iceland’s influential record label and collective takes members of its roster on the road for the first time since 2010. 

In celebration of Bedroom Community’s 10th Anniversary in 2016, members of the collective come together in a series of live performances known as the Whale Watching Tour.

A Whale Watching Tour of the United States in March and April 2016 marks the beginning of a number of shows that will culminate in a series of events at this year’s Iceland Airwaves Festival in November 2016, and stretches over to April 2017 when the collective will perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. This upcoming run of intermittent concerts marks the third Whale Watching Tour, and the first since a European adventure in 2010 that saw the tour disrupted by the infamous ash-cloud spewed out of Eyjafjallajökull, and resulted in the documentary film Everything Everywhere All The Time.

Bedroom Community was founded in 2006 by composer and producer Valgeir Sigurðsson as a place for like-minded artists to create and release otherwise unreleasable music. The Whale Watching Tour is an unusual and ambitious premise. The artists, — who are friends and colleagues and frequently contribute to each other’s recordings — present what often is more like a musical conversation with aspects of a show-and-tell than a formal concert.

Each run of shows, or individual concerts, is customised and curated by Bedroom Community’s founder Valgeir, the producer behind all of the label’s output. The lineup of these concerts is flexible and can vary greatly from show to show. Typically, 6-10 musicians share the stage in what is a scalable, fluid 90 - 120 minute showcase of music that spans the Bedroom Community catalog, and introduces unreleased or specifically rearranged pieces as well as classics from the repertoire.

“The Whale Watching Tour is an opportunity to manifest what we, as a record label and a collective of disparate musical personalities, do behind the closed doors of the studio. To create something uniquely belonging to the live experience from source material that is very familiar to us. These shows are fuelled by joyful energy and appreciation for each other but also tension, blood and sweat that makes it all the more rewarding at the end of the day.” - VALGEIR SIGURÐSSON

“Valgeir’s brilliance in establishing and curating this label is in taking music that would otherwise be homeless, and giving it not just a home but an environment where it is smashed up against other music — sometimes radically juxtaposed, but always in a way that communicates to listeners.” - NICO MUHLY

The influential Bedroom Community label: a lightning rod at the juncture where the ambition of classical music meets the aesthetics of indie music. - PITCHFORK


1st October

Kraków - Sacrum Profanum

Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Daníel Bjarnason, Jodie Landau, Liam Byrne, Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir & Barbara Kinga Majewska + players from Music Cooperative (Spółdzielnia Muzyczna) 

3rd October

Copenhagen - Bremen Theater

Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nadia Sirota, Daníel Bjarnason, Jodie Landau, Liam Byrne, Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir & Barbara Kinga Majewska

5th October

Amsterdam - Paradiso

Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nadia Sirota, Daníel Bjarnason, Jodie Landau, Liam Byrne, Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir & Barbara Kinga Majewska

7th October

London - Barbican

Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon, Nadia Sirota, Jodie Landau, Daníel Bjarnason, Liam Byrne & Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir

3rd November

Airwaves - Harpa

Bedroom Community with Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Ben Frost solo

17th April 2017

LA - Walt Disney Hall

Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon, Jodie Landau, Daníel Bjarnason, Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir




Bedroom Community is an Icelandic record label/collective founded in 2006 by Valgeir Sigurðsson, with Nico Muhly and Ben Frost. Today the roster also includes Sam Amidon, Daníel Bjarnason, Puzzle Muteson, Paul Corley, Nadia Sirota, James McVinnie, Emily Hall, Jodie Landau, and wildUp.

The collective spirit of Bedroom Community is its most precious resource. The roster is made up of creatively diverse artists who are drawn to the murky spaces between genres, and who uniformly support one another’s forays into this murk. Whether on tour, within the confines of Greenhouse Studios on the outskirts of Reykjavík, or on any of the individual artist’s many ambitious projects that have to date seen them reach far and wide, into the most important corners of contemporary music, and working with many of today’s pioneering artists across fields ranging from art house cinema, to opera, theatre, fine art, Hollywood and beyond.

A collaborative foundation is beneath everything Bedroom Community does.


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