Calgary artist Samantha Savage Smith.

Volcanoes can be a pain in the butt. For proof, recall the Icelandic volcano that erupted in 2010 and caused the massive disruptions to air traffic around the world.

But volcanoes can also have beneficial effects. They essentially created the Icelandic landscape (glaciers helped, but the raw material was volcanic rock) and have a great deal to do with the fact that one of the country’s exports is geothermal technology.

Of course, one of the country’s other prominent exports is music. Bjork’s cavorting has been delighting people around the world for years and Sigur Rós has won fans with its ambient sounds.

SonicWaves, which premiered in Reykjavik on Tuesday, goes Thursday to Saturday at the new Festival Hall (that’s a long trip between gigs) as part of the High Performance Rodeo. The show brings landscape and music together. Four local (or once local) musicians—Mark Andrew Hamilton, Samantha Savage Smith, Clinton St. John and Laura Leif—join with the Icelandic musicians Benni Hemm Hemm and Prins Polo in a sonic exploration of the landscape.

For tickets, click here.

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