Icelandic ensemble Umbra was formed in 2014 by four female professional musicians bound together by a passion for ancient and new music: Alexandra Kjeld (double bass and vocals), Arngerður María Árndóttir (celtic harp, organ and vocals), Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir (violin and vocals) and Lilja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir (lead singer, percussion and flutes). From the beginning their vision has been to craft their own musical world with a distinct sound and unique delivery in performing both ancient and new music. The ensemble’s repertoire features sacred and secular medieval tunes from Iceland and continental Europe, as well as traditional songs, performed to the ensemble’s original arrangements. In addition to that they have been performing Icelandic contemporary music by some of the country´s most prominent composers.
Umbra has already performed at numerous concerts and festivals all over Iceland and in Copenhagen and on a regular basis also collaborating with improvisation artists, visual and dance artists.
Their first record, “Out of darkness” was released early 2018 by independent music label Dimma and followed later the same year by their second album, “Solstitium” which won Record of the Year at the 2018 Icelandic Music Awards.
Umbra is critically acclaimed as “one of the most interesting ensembles” in Iceland, particularly for their musical ambition and “outstanding arrangements” in the field of ancient and traditional music.