Kira Kira is Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, a composer and audio/visual artist from Iceland. As a founding member of Kitchen Motors, a mischievous label and collective based on experiments in electronic music and arts, she continually breaks boundaries between forms and genres through a repertoire that includes compositions for theatre, film, dance and art installations – as well as playful multi-disciplinary productions that exceed her work as merely a composer. Kira Kira sprang from this collective in 1999 and to this day works with Kitchen Motors’ ethos at heart -a spirit of playfulness, exploring the relationship between experimental music and visual arts, collaborating with various artists.
Playing solo at first, Kira Kira has recorded and played with a wide range of musicians since 2008, mostly trumpet player Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson, Finnish percussionist Samuli Kosminen, contrabass wizard Borgar Magnason and artist Alex Somers as well as guitarists Hilmar Jensson and Pétur Hallgrímsson.
Her first feature film as director and screenwriter, Grandma Lo-fi – The Basement Tapes of Sigridur Nielsdottir has been celebrated in New York’s Museum of Modern Art MoMA, CPH Dox, SXSW and numerous other festivals around the world.
Kira Kira has released three albums, Skotta, Our Map to The Monster Olympics and Feathermagnetik which came out on Morr Music’s Sound of a Handshake moniker in 2012 and on Afterhours in Japan. In 2014, she released two new live recordings together with Eskmo (Brendan Angelides), featuring The Echo Society 12 piece chamber orchestra in Los Angeles. In 2016 she signed with London based Mute Song.
GRANDMA LO-FI - THE BASEMENT TAPES OF SIGRIDUR NIELSDOTTIR