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Four-piece stretch the very definition of quartet

By Maureen Coleman

The string quartet which played with Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros will be bringing their unique sound to the Spiegeltent in Belfast later this month.

Amiina, a young female four-piece, will dazzle Ulster audiences with their curious line-up of instruments ranging from guitars and keyboards to singing wine glasses and bells.

The band toured Europe in spring around the release of their album Kurr.

They had such a good time, they decided to return in autumn.

It is understood they will also announce details of a special single release featuring a guest vocal appearance from one of music's biggest legends.

Amiina first met in the 1990s when studying at Reykjavik College of Music in Iceland.

As a string quartet they toured the world with Sigur Ros, with whom they also recorded for a number of years.

Sigur Ros's music has been described as experimental and ambient.

One of their songs, Hoppipolla, have been used as trailers for the BBC's natural history series Planet Earth, the closing credits for the 2006 FA Cup Final, on television's advertisements for RTE's Gaelic Games coverage in Ireland and was also used on the trailer of the film Children of Men.

In July 2006 Sigur Ros finished their world tour and Amiina went out on their own.

Kurr, was released on June 18 and features a saw, Celtic harp, glockenspiels, trumpets, harpsichords and a computer.

Amiina play the Spiegeltent on October 28.

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