Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir b. 1993 is an Icelandic composer, poet and performer based in Vienna. Her practice centres around research of sound-based elements with language, music and visual art using experimental vocal technique, syllable language and phonetic poetry.

 

Erla holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Iceland and a BA in Composition from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts under the guidance of Hróðmar I. Sigurbjörnsson. She completed exchange studies in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in 2017.

 

Erla is a member of Hlökk, an art ensemble together with Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir and Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir. Their album, Hulduhljóð, won the Kraumur Music Awards 2019 and was nominated as the album of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards. Erla was also nominated, with Hróðmar I. Sigurbjörnsson, for the composition of the year for their children's opera, The Seal Woman, at the Icelandic Music Awards.