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Kiasmos is made up of BAFTA-winning Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, known for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Janus Rasmussen from the Faroe Islands, known as the mastermind of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup. Based in Reykjavík, Arnalds used to work as a sound engineer, often for Rasmussen’s other projects, where the two musicians discovered their common love for minimal, experimental music. They eventually became best friends, often hanging out in their studio, exploring electronic sounds.

After dropping two tracks on the split-EP 65/Milo alongside UK-producer Rival Consoles in 2009, Ólafur and Janus dedicated the year 2014 to exploring the area in-between Arnalds’ more acoustic, piano-based solo work and Rasmussen’s synth-heavy electro pop.

By focusing solely on their self-titled debut as Kiasmos, Ólafur and Janus have been able to combine and further develop their unique sound aesthetics to complete an album driven by their mutual love for electronic music.

Following on from 2012's Thrown EP featuring remixes by FaltyDL and 65daysofstatic, and their Looped EP with re-interpretations by Dauwd and Lubomyr Melnyk, released for Record Store Day 2015, the duo returned with three new tracks and a Tale of Us remix on their Swept EP, and a further four original tracks on 2017's Blurred EP, closing with remixes from Bonobo and Stimming.

Upcoming shows

27/05/2024 Reykjavík Iceland Gamla Bíó
29/05/2024 London UK HERE at Outernet
31/05/2024 Mannheim Germany Maifeld Derby 2024
31/05/2024 Berlin Germany Huxley's Neue Welt
02/06/2024 Utrecht Netherlands OPIA 2024
28/06/2024 Brussels Belgium Paradise City Festival 2024
11/07/2024 Bilbao Spain Bilbao BBK Live 2024
25/07/2024 Brno Czech Republic Pop Messe 2024
01/08/2024 Waterford Ireland All together Now 2024
07/08/2024 Budapest Hungary Sziget Festival 2024
09/08/2024 Trencin Slovakia Grape Festival 2024
13/09/2024 Rome Italy Spring Attitude Festival 2024 - FullPass 2024
15/09/2024 Milan Italy Magnolia
18/09/2024 London UK Troxy
19/09/2024 Paris France Salle Pleyel
20/09/2024 Cologne Germany Stadthalle Köln
22/09/2024 Copenhagen Denmark Poolen
24/09/2024 Luxembourg Luxembourg DEN ATELIER
25/09/2024 Amsterdam Netherlands Melkweg
26/09/2024 Berlin Germany Columbiahalle
12/11/2024 New York (NYC) US Elsewhere - The Hall
15/11/2024 SF Bay Area US 1015 Folsom
16/11/2024 Los Angeles (LA) US The Regent Theater
17/11/2024 Seattle US The Crocodile
20/11/2024 Mexico City Mexico Auditorio BB