Emilíana Torrini

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About Emilíana Torrini

With an airy, agile voice that seems to float above the clouds, singer/songwriter Emiliana Torrini brings a sense of wonder to her ethereal blend of trip-hop, soft rock and indie folk. Born in Iceland in 1977, Torrini studied opera as a teenager and became a successful covers artist in her home country before dropping her first international release of originals in 1999 with the moody downtempo collection Love in the Time of Science. With its orchestra-infused electronic production, the album inevitably drew comparisons to the output of fellow countrywoman Björk and also got the attention of director Peter Jackson, who recruited Torrini to sing the angelic end-credits epic “Gollum’s Song” for his 2002 film, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Torrini has since explored melody from a more minimalist approach with the spare acoustic gems and colourful rhythmic grooves of 2005’s Fisherman’s Woman and 2008’s Me and Armini. Still, she’s a whimsical pop artist at heart, showing off her most playful side on the vintage-synth experimentations sprinkled throughout 2013’s Tookah and alongside Belgian avant-garde collective The Colorist Orchestra.

Reykjavik, Iceland
16 May 1977
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