Credo in Credo

Relive World Premieres from Sigur Rós members Jónsi Birgisson and Kjartan Sveinsson

Monday, November 22, 2010

Last Monday, November 15, we had the great pleasure of streaming Lincoln Center's White Light Festival: Credo, a truly inspiring show featuring world premieres by Kjartan Sveinsson and Jónsi Birgisson, members of the Icelandic art-rock band Sigur Rós, performed by a stellar roster of international ensembles, including the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra led by Jeffrey Milarsky.

The quality of the music and the performances, the subtle, powerful sweep of the night's programming, and the rapt audience completely blew us away. We were equally floored by how many people from all around the world participated in our live stream of the event, voicing their perceptive, thoughtful comments along the way in our live, international Web chat. It was such a special night for Q2, and we want to thank you all for contributing the the overwhelmingly positive experience. It's inspiring to see the internet facilitate community, not negativity.

Now you can re-live (or experience for the first time!) this concert, with WNYC's John Schaefer as your capable guide, whenever you wish, streaming on-demand. If you want to jump straight to the music, we've also excerpted the two Sveinsson world premieres, Cage a Swallow Can't You but you Can't Swallow a Cage and Credo, and well as the Jónsi & Alex second half set of selections from Riceboy Sleeps, orchestrated by David Handler.

The technical director for this recording is Edward Haber, with assistance from George Wellington (music mix), Noriko Okabe (broadcast mix) and Damon Whittemore.


Musical Excerpts from Credo, as recorded live at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle.

Kjartan Sveinsson's Cage a Swallow Can't You but You Can't Swallow a Cage, performed by the Hilliard Ensemble with poetry from Anne Carson and Robert Currie, randomizer:

Kjartan Sveinsson's Credo, performed by Jeffrey Milarsky leading the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra:

Jónsi & Alex selections from Riceboy Sleeps (Sleeping Giant, Happiness, Indian Summer, Daníell in the Sea, Atlas Song and Boy 1904) performed by Jónsi & Alex, Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra led by Jeffrey Milarsky:

An exclusive intermission interview between Web cast host, John Schaefer, and Jónsi & Alex:



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Comments [19]

zeitenzauberer from Germany

Heavenly calming-down-music !!!
Greatings to all there believing in peaceful living!

Feb. 02 2012 03:45 PM
Depetersè from Belgium

This is not a grey zone in between classical & rock music any more: this is pure music!

Hats off to everything Sigur Ros & co have done and a big cheer to all the performers here. So happy I managed to save it all onto HD: it's a personal jewel in my musical box.

Sep. 01 2011 01:43 PM
Chris Bartels from Minneapolis, MN

So good. I've always thought Sigur Ros' music is in a world of its own, and Riceboy Sleeps continues that tradition. so good.

Apr. 26 2011 05:12 PM
Charley Banas

There's a rowboat on the river, we've been fishing for hours now. No fish yet, but it doesn't matter. The sun is setting, it makes an "i" on the water. I look over to the shore, but all I see is an orange haze. We realize it's time to head in, looking at each other, while realizing we are one and nothing in this moment. What I'd give to feel like that again...

Thank you Sigur Ros

Feb. 26 2011 09:42 PM
Armando from Napoli, Italy

I know sigur ros from their first ep, I love their music, one of the best band, and best music

Jan. 16 2011 11:03 AM

I found this by accident, and being a fan of Sigur Rós, I'm not surprise of the quality of their work. any chance this will be on cd at some point?
Good work to all those wonderful artists.

Dec. 13 2010 11:46 AM
Paul from New York, NY

I was at this concert...and the Latvian Orchestra's performance of Kjartan's "Credo" was without a doubt the most beautiful piece of music of I've ever heard in my 43 years here on the Earth.
It was magical. Heavenly. I'm so grateful to be able to hear it here now. THANK YOU!!!

Dec. 11 2010 03:43 PM
Michael from clermont-ferrand, france

thank you so much for for making this available to the public. without words

Dec. 07 2010 05:03 PM
Daiļais from Riga from latvia

thank you Latvian brothers!

Dec. 04 2010 01:07 PM

So beautiful. such depth and feeling Thank for making this accessible for those of us who couldn't attend this celebration of light.

Dec. 02 2010 05:28 PM
Gil Gross from Lee's Summit, Missouri USA

Thank You Jonsi, Alex and all the other musicians and others involved in this beautiful project. Here's to the kind souls at The Church Of Saint Paul The Apostle in New York City for their loving outreach.

Dec. 02 2010 04:56 PM
awessendorf from USA

Beautiful...simply gloriously beautiful.

Thank you for bringing it to us.

Dec. 01 2010 08:38 AM
Thomas from Wevelgem - Belgium

impressive impressive impressive - can't get enough of their music, even after all these years

Nov. 30 2010 04:23 PM
stu from toronto

really surprised there aren't more comments for this.
fantastic and courageous work, though it would have been nice to have Orri adding some percussive dimensions here and there...

Nov. 28 2010 10:00 PM

There are no words to describe this music. My heart literally aches when i listen to the Credo performance. Many, many thanks for making this available to the public.

Nov. 25 2010 01:04 AM
Tomas Skara from Skuodas (Lithuania)

Fantastic concert. it`s so sad, that i didn`t be with you.

Nov. 24 2010 04:19 PM


Nov. 24 2010 01:48 PM

Can we get this to download??

Nov. 24 2010 05:37 AM
Jonathan Peirce from NYC

Thank you so much Q2 and Jonsi and Alex for permitting us all to listen to this extraordinary music. Extremely grateful.

Nov. 22 2010 08:28 PM

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