rauður is the stage name of Icelandic musician and producer Auður Viðarsdóttir. Formerly a keyboardist and singer of Nóra, a band active in Iceland’s music scene a few years back, she has now emerged as a solo artist. Through the making of her debut album 'Semilunar', she developed her unique sound, merging electronic and acoustic elements into an ethereal soundscape. Her voice weaves together with eccentric beats and captivating melodies that take us through highs and lows, while her accompanying lyrics tend to reverberate with different types of disasters - sometimes pretty, sometimes crude - always fascinating.
On stage, rauður usually performs on her own, inviting us into her enticing world of synthesisers, beats and samples - always safely guided by her beguiling, almost angelic, voice. She is a versatile performer, easily shifting between electronic and acoustic moods, while keeping the audience captivated and engaged.
Although a solo artist and performer, she thrives best in collaboration. She is a part of the international collective and label Synth Babes, including artist such as Ninoosh (Australia) and Loljud (Sweden). She is also involved in a vast network of 'girls rock camps' and has initiated international music projects and collaborations. In Iceland, she works together with her brothers from the duo Andy Svarthol.
p.s. rauður means red. But rauður also likes yellow very much.
Photo by Þórdís Reynisdóttir
"The festival concluded with the musical feast from the Icelandic artist Rauður, who enchanted the listeners with the subtle sound of her debut album Semilunar."
- Nordic Focus Festival,
Biuro Promocji UG