Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson is an Icelandic composer writing music based on irregular and non-pulse based rhythms. This often requires presenting the music moving on a computer screen.
He has been active with a composer collective in Iceland called S.L.Á.T.U.R. and taken part in founding its festival Sláturtíð and also been a member of the Jaðarber concert series and Fengjastrútur Ensemble and his own quartet Fersteinn.
His music has been performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Caput Ensemble, Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble l’Arsenale, Defun Ensemble, Aksiom Ensemble, Tøyen Fil og Klafferi, Ensemble CRUSH, Iceland Flute Choir, Duo Harpverk, Roberto Durante, Markus Hohti, Mathias Ziegler, Timo Kinnunen, Tinna Þosteinsdóttir and Timo Kinnunen.
Some of the festivals that have included Guðmundur’s music are Tectonics Reykjavík and Glasgow, MATA, Musikin Aika, Music for People and Thingamajigs, Nordlichter Biennale, Timisoara International Music Festival and ISSTC 2014 in Maynooth Ireland, where Guðmundur was also Keynote speaker.
His music has also been heard in venues such as Schloss Benrath (DE), Bergerkirche (DE), Wendel (DE), De Player (NL), The Stone (US), Secret Project Robot (US), Empty Bottle (US), Berkeley Trinity Chapel (US), Stanford University (US), Princeton University (US), Videopool (CA), Literaturhaus (DK), Tivoli (DK), Notam (NO), Skånes konstforretning (SE) and Ålborg Kloster.
Guðmundur Steinn studied at Mills College and Iceland Academy of the Arts and at summer courses in Kürten and Darmstädt. He has had numerous teachers including Alvin Curran, Fred Frith, John Bischoff, Atli Ingólfsson, Hilmar Þórðarsson and Úlfar Ingi Haraldsson.