Kría Brekkan is a name for Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir when she attempts to do something out of the ordinary. Kría has travelled here from Iceland to develop a musical composition as the audio environment for Shoplifter's Nervescape.
Kría first performance was a set of solo piano songs at The Stone in 2006 after Eyvind Kang heard her play during an Animal Collective studio session for the album Feels. She had just left her band, múm, and was visiting New York City, which soon then became her habitat for the next three year.
While living in New York she performed extensively, varying from exclusively piano-based compositions to electronic musical performances. After moving back to Iceland in 2009, Kría Brekkan’s acts have become more performative appearing in more and more open-framed happenings, such as entertaining for the "Sculpture Society", for children´s art exhibition in a forest, in galleries, for the blind as well as people living in remote villages of Iceland. She´s participated in "The Artist Theater" in Reykjavik, which holds "soirees" in the basement of the National Theater, collaborating with the visual artists Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir and Ragnar Kjartansson. One of Kría’s most hidden musical appearances is a nomad’s hut she built from larch in a Christmas village in downtown Reykjavik. It functioned as a live performance vending machine where she gave nativity-peepshows.
Last November she co-composed music and narrated a film performance of one of Guy Maddin´s film for the Performa festival in New York. This year she also performed in few John Cage pieces at the Tectronics festival curated by Ilan Volkov for the Icelandic Symphony and took part in the CPH-PIX film festival performing music and words to a silent goth-visual poem inspired by a story of Edgar Allan Poe.
Kría, is in Icelandic this smallest bird who travels the furthest, but in sancrit the sound carries a much more complex meaning worth googling. Kría currently studies, teaches, lives and appears in Reykjavik, Iceland. Most of her music has either not been recorded nor released but appeared in various visual works and performances.
This project is made possible in part with support from Iceland Naturally.