Sámal Matras Kristiansen

born 1977

Hvalvíksvegur 42, 430 Hvalvík, Faroe Islands

Composer, vocalist, conductor and musician.

Choral compositions is the main genre of Sámal. He has written music for several Faroese choirs, eg. Tarira, Tórshavnar kamarkór, Fuglafjarðar sangkór, Vágakórið, Húsakórið and Kristiliga sangkórið. As a choral conductor he has also written several popular music arrangements.

Sámal has been conducter of several choirs, e.g. Eystanljóð and Vágakórið. Currently he is conducting Kristiliga sangkórið located in Tórshavn.

Besides he is also an occasional lyrics-writer and also is active within the troubadour-genre. He plays piano, organ and guitar. He is organist at the church of Hvalvík. Nevertheless he is mainly a vocal soloist and a choral-singer. This vocal insight is of great help when arranging choral-arrangements.

Currently (summer 2019) Sámal is writing several choral compositions based on Alexandur Kristiansen’s translations of international poetry. This will probably be published in 2020.

Below is an excerpt of the music written by Sámal during the past decade. For scores and rehearsal-files, please send a request on samalmatras@gmail.com.

Title Instrument Year Duration PublisherRecording
Tjaldur ver væl komiðChoral2019Ca. 3 min.ManuscriptNot yet recorded
HeimamyndChoral201702:41Manuscript for “Ættarstevna – Zacharias og Sunneva Elisabeth Michelsen úr Fugloy”Recording by Kringvarp Føroya in Sandavágs kirkja, 2018
Blaktrandi stjørnurChoral2017Ca. 5 min.Manuscript for Tórshavnar kamarkórNot yet recorded
Lat meg liva (arrangement)Choral, solo barytone, piano2017Ca. 5 min.Manuscript for VágakóriðNot yet recorded
Mín sál skal Gudi prísaChoral with descant2016Ca. 3 min.Manuscripts for Tórshavnar kamarkórRecording by Kringvarp Føroya in Miðvágs kirkja, 2017
Heimsins frelsari er herChoral201502:41Manuscript for Tórshavnar kamarkórRecording by Bjarni Restorff in Vesturkirkjan
SaknurChoral2013Ca. 3 min.Manuscript for TariraRecording by Kringvarp Føroya in Eiðis kirkja, 2013
Sov nú lítla barnChoral2013Ca. 2 min.Manuscript for TariraRecording by Kringvarp Føroya in Eiðis kirkja, 2013
Nú líður móti summartíðChoral200602:26Manuscript for HúsakóriðPublished on the album “Sólarmessa”, Tutl, 2006.