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Jóhann Jóhannsson by SpectreVision Mgmt
|Birth name||Jóhann Jóhannsson|
19 September 1969 |
|Occupation(s)||Composer and producer|
Jóhann Jóhannsson (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈjouːhan ˈjouːhansɔn]; born 19 September 1969) is an Icelandic composer born in Reykavik in Iceland. He is a producer. He writes music which is thought to be minimalist film music, based on classical orchestration in particular baroque, drone, film and electronic music.
Life and career
Whilst Jóhann's background in Iceland is alternative, on the music scene, Englabörn combined echoed holy minimalism, Erik Satie, Purcell and Moondog with the electronic music of labels such as Mille Plateaux and Mego. Later works include Virthulegu Forsetar (2004), scored for a brass ensemble, electronic drones and percussion, and the orchestral albums Fordlândia (2008) and IBM 1401, A User's Manual, a composition which uses sounds produced from the electromagnetic emissions of the old IBM 1401 mainframe computers.
Jóhann's work has been acclaimed. Kitty Empire wrote about Virthulegu Forsetar in The Observer. In his second album, he employed an orchestra of 11 brass players, glockenspiel, piano and organ, with added bells and electronics and it lies somewhere between classical, ambient music and experimental soundtrack, while Andy Beta gave 'Englabörn' a score of 8.9 in Pitchfork Media: “exceptionally restrained, the piano moving like droplets off of slowly melting icicles, the violin breathing warmth from above. The hesitation of each breath and falling bead feels as though it were a Morton Feldman piece condensed to three minutes.”
In 2010, Jóhann collaborated with the experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison on The Miners Hymns (2011), a film and accompanying composition for brass band, pipe organ and electronics which "celebrates social, cultural, and political aspects of the extinct industry, and the strong regional tradition of colliery brass bands". The piece had a live premiere in Durham Cathedral in July 2010 and was released on CD and DVD in May 2011. The album was called, "A gorgeous brass-based requiem for northeast England's former mining community" by the BBC.
Jóhann has won awards for his film music at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards and the Sapporo International Short Film Festival. His numerous film scores include The Good Life (Eva Mulvad, DK 2010), Varmints (Marc Craste, UK 2008) and For Ellen (So Yong Kim, US 2012). Jóhann is an accomplished composer for contemporary dance and theater, and his collaborations with the internationally renowned choreographer and dancer Erna Omarsdottir, IBM 1401, A User's Manual (2002), and Mysteries of Love (2005), have been across widely across Europe. His music has the soulful similarities to Alexandre Desplat][]and composer,Morton Feldman
He is a co-founder of Kitchen Motors, an art organisation with a record label which specializes in instigating collaborations, promoting concerts and exhibitions, performances, chamber operas, producing films, books and radio shows to uncover new art forms.
Jóhann founded Apparat Organ Quartet in 1999, which has released two albums since 2002 with live performances in Europe, America and Japan. Jóhann has also produced and written music with Marc Almond (Stranger Things album), Barry Adamson and Pan Sonic, The Hafler Trio, Jaki Liebezeit, Stephen O'Malley, Peter Rehberg, Stilluppsteypa, and others.
- Englabörn (2002, Touch)
- Virðulegu Forsetar (2004, Touch)
- Dís (2004, 12 Tónar, in Iceland; 2005, The Worker's Institute, in the US)
- IBM 1401, A User's Manual (2006, 4AD)
- Englabörn (re-issue) (2007, 4AD)
- Fordlandia (2008, 4AD)
- And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees (2009)
- The Miners' Hymns (2011, FatCat)
- Copenhagen Dreams: Music from the film by Max Kestner (2012)
- Free The Mind: Music from the documentary by Phie Ambo (2012)
- I Am Here with BJNilsen Music from the film by Anders Morgenthaler (2014, Ash International)
- Íslenski draumurinn by Robert Ingi Douglas (Iceland, 2000)
- Óskabörn þjóðarinnar by Jóhann Sigmarsson (Iceland, 2000)
- A Man Like Me by Robert Ingi Douglas (Iceland, 2002)
- Dís by Silja Hauksdóttir (Iceland, 2004)
- Wicker Park by Paul McGuigan (United States, 2004)
- Writer and performer for tracks: "Sálfraedingur", "Ég Átto Gráa Aesku", and "Ég Sleppi Thér Aldrei"
- Blóðbönd AKA Thicker than Water by Árni Óli Ásgeirsson (Iceland, 2006)
- Voleurs de Chevaux by Micha Wald (France, 2007)
- Ashes and Snow by Gregory Colbert (US 2005)
- Personal Effects by David Hollander (US 2009)
- By Day and By Night by Alejandro Molina (MX 2010)
- Dreams in Copenhagen by Max Kestner (DK 2010)
- The Miners’ Hymns by Bill Morrison (UK 2011)
- The Good Life by Eva Mulvad (DK 2011)
- For Ellen by So Yong Kim (US 2012)
- Free The Mind by Phie Ambo (DK 2012)
- White Black Boy by Camilla Magid (DK 2012)
- Mystery by Lou Ye (CN 2012)
- McCanick by John C. Waller (US 2013)
- Prisoners by Denis Villeneuve (US 2013)
- The Theory of Everything (UK 2014)
- Sicario (2015)
- Keepsake by Tim Shore (United Kingdom, 2003)
- Propinquity by Jonathan Skinner (United Kingdom, 2006)
- Varmints by Marc Craste (United Kingdom, 2008)
- Junk Love by Nikolaj Feifer (DK 2011)
- Corpus Camera (Iceland, 1999, Stöð 2)
- Leyndardómar Íslenskra Skrímsla (Iceland, 2000, Sjónvarpið)
- Erró- Norður, suður, austur, vestur (Iceland, 2000, Stöð 2)
- Margrét Mikla by Kristín Ómarsdóttir (1996, Icelandic Take-away Theatre)
- Vitleysingarnir by Ólafur Haukur Símonarsson (2000, Hafnarfjördur Theater)
- Fireface by Marius Von Mayerberg (2000, RÚV)
- Englabörn by Hávar Sigurjónsson (2001, Hafnarfjördur Theater)
- Kryddlegin Hjörtu by Laura Esquivel (2002, Borgarleikhús)
- Viktoría og Georg by Ólafur Haukur Símonarsson (2002, Icelandic National Theatre)
- Pabbastrákur by Hávar Sigurjónsson (2003, Icelandic National Theatre)
- Jón Gabríel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen (2004, Icelandic National Theatre)
- Dínamít by Birgir Sigurðsson (2005, Icelandic National Theatre)
- Døden i Teben by Sophocles/Jon Fosse (2008, Det Norske Teatret)
- Ganesh versus the Third Reich by Back to Back Theatre (2011, Back to Back Theatre)
- IBM 1401, a User's Manual with Erna Ómarsdóttir (2002)
- Mysteries of Love with Erna Ómarsdóttir (2005)
- First prize for Best Original Score for Varmints at the Rhode Island International Film Festival (2008)
- Award for Best Original Score for Varmints at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival (2008)
- Award for Best Original Score for Mystery at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards (2012)
- BAFTA Nomination for Best Film Music for The Theory of Everything (2015)
- Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for The Theory of Everything (2015)
- Academy Award for Best Original Score nomination for The Theory of Everything (2015) (pending)
- "Jóhann Jóhannsson, the post-classical elegist – Features | State Magazine". State.ie. 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
- Kitty Empire (2004-12-16). "Other pop | Music | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
- Beta, Andy (2003-03-05). "Jóhann Jóhannsson: Englabörn | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
- "Fatcat Records | News". Fat-cat.co.uk. 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
- "Music – Review of Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Miners’ Hymns". BBC. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
- "SSF News | Sapporo Short Fest | 札幌国際短編映画祭". Sapporoshortfest.jp. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- "RIIFF Awards 2008". Film-festival.org. 2008-08-10. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- Jóhann Jóhannsson at the Internet Movie Database
- "For Ellen – Online Film Guide | Sundance Institute". Filmguide.sundance.org. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
- Kitchen Motors website
- Strauss, Neil (2001-10-25). "THE POP LIFE – THE POP LIFE – Iceland Shows Its Charm Is Still Vigorous". Iceland: NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
- "McCanick (2013) – Full Cast and Crew". IMDb.
- "Prisoners (2013) – Full Cast and Crew". IMDb.
- JohannJohannsson.com – Official website
- Facebook.com/JohannJohannssonMusic – Official Facebook page
- YouTube.com/JohannJohannss – Official YouTube channel
- Twitter.com/JohannJohannss - Official Twitter account
- Biography of Johann Johannsson at Touch Music
- Kitchen Motors.com – Johann Johannsson's record label
- Beggars.com – The biography, discography and promotional photos.