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Olafur Arnalds performs 3 sold-out shows in Tehran / Mehr News

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Overcoming a distance of almost 6000km and five years of negotiations finally brought the Icelandic BAFTA-winning multi-instrumentalist composer Ólafur Arnalds to sold-out, jam-packed shows in Tehran. Music connects us all. It may sound like a platitude, but it is no less true. Have any doubts? Don't. Here is a beautiful experience I would like to share with you all:

Yes, I am talking about the Ólafur Arnalds, the BAFTA-winning multi-instrumentalist composer from Mosfellsbær, a suburban Icelandic town a few kilometers outside of Reykjavik. Iceland may sound like such a far-away land, a dream land for some, and Icelandic words may be at times too difficult to pronounce (try ‘Eyjafjallajökull', the name of a volcano in Iceland), but the music hits home with Iranians in a way that leaves you wondering why. How is it that music hailing from a country so different in terms of traditions, culture, history and geography from Iran, can resonate so strongly with us, entwine with our senses like tendrils of notes, a crescendo of mournful piano, bleeding violin, and jarring ambient electronics, like it is ours, that it has come from within, and it grabs us by the heart and moves us along the dreary edges of everyday life…a ‘Lost Song' that finds us in our lowest low or the highest high. In short, Ólafur Arnalds' music is phenomenal.