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Jóhann Jóhannsson, the Golden Globe-winning, Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy-nominated composer's first album for Deutsche Grammophon, is a meditation on beauty and the process of creation. Orphée traces a path from darkness into light, inspired by the various retellings of the old story of the poet Orpheus, from Ovid's to Jean Cocteau's. A many-layered story about death, rebirth, change and the ephemeral nature of memory, the myth can also be read as a metaphor for artistic creation - about the elusive nature of beauty and its relation to the artist, as well as the idea that art is created through transgression - by the poet defying the gods who forbade him, to turn back towards his beloved as he leaves the Underworld. The new album is set for a September 16th release date on Deutsche Grammophon.
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'Last and First Men,' directed by Johann Johannsson is a compelling exploration of the human existence / Morning Star
SILENCE and darkness. From the void, a whisper of wind. Then we see distant hills beneath a vast layer of menacing grey cloud. An object begins to fill the sky - its ambiguous geometry suggests a colossal spacecraft. The sound segues into an eerie choral effect and a voice urges us to "listen patiently." Good advice, because Last and First Men is an unhurried and complex contemplation of loss, memory...
Johann Johannsson's final work is an extraordinary cinematic odyssey / The Film Stage
If any film composer of the last decade defined the period best, it might've been Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose synthy, epic tones captured the turbulent, globalized environment of the new century. His work with Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) turned him into a Hollywood name, but the Icelandic instrumentalist was also a musician in his own right who toured the world and released his own r...
Take a look at Johann Johannsson's trailer for 'Last and First Men' and tell us you're not intrigued / Vanyaland
One of the greatest losses to both avant-garde music and cinema in the past decade was the tragic death of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Known best for his score for Mandy and his work with Denis Villeneuve on films like Sicario and Arrival, Jóhannsson's work became quickly beloved by cinema-heads the world over, which made his passing at 48 even more bitter; he had a lot of ...
Johann Johannsson - Arrival makes THE WRAP '10 best film scores of the 2010s'
Not all movie scores have the potency to stick with viewers long after the credits rolled. But a great film score not only stands out in our minds, it can bring back the emotions we felt during a particular scene. We can relive the thrill of danger or adventure, tears can well up in our eyes over romantic or mournful notes. Without looking, some scores can even conjure up images from the movie, clear and...
Max Richter, Johann Johannsson & VOCES8 on this week's 'Hearts of Space'
Syndicated HEARTS OF SPACE is heard on over 200 National Public Radio stations. Estimated audience: 200,000 listeners / week. HOS is the #2 contemporary Music program on public radio in station carriage, and is in the Top 20 list of all syndicated programs. Stephen Hill - Producer, Steve Davis - Associate Producer. For the week of: March 1, 2019, HOS presents: PGM 1207 : "A FRAGILE BEAUTY" ambi...
Remembering the vivid movie scores of Johann Johannsson / DAZED
A year on from his death, DAZED speaks to those close to the Icelandic composer about his innovative soundtracks for films like Arrival, mother!, and Mandy Jóhann Jóhannsson came of age in the Reykjavik scene of the 1980s, trying his hand at shoegaze (Daisy Hill Puppy Farm) and metal (Ham) before co-founding Kitchen Motors, a musical blurring boundaries between the rock, jazz and classi...
KEXP releases footage of tribute concerts for Johann Johannsson / Guide to Iceland Now
The late Jóhann Jóhannsson will not be forgotten. In February of 2018, Iceland mourned the sudden loss of one of their most cherished neo-classical composers and songwriters. At only 48-years of age, he was found deceased in his Berlin residence from what would later be determined as an accidental overdose. Jóhannsson was prolific in his creative outpourings both internationally and ...
Multiple Johann Johannsson movie scores are among top contenders at World Soundtrack Awards / Film School Rejects
The annual World Soundtrack Awards may not garner as much attention as higher profile events like the Oscars, but they have an important purpose. Their goal - and the goal of the institution behind the awards, The World Soundtrack Academy - is to honor an often forgotten component of film. Music sets the tone and atmosphere of a movie and can even help alter an audience's entire viewing experience. Motio...
Johann Johannsson's posthumous horror soundtrack, now set for release / SPIN
Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away earlier this year, but the Icelandic composer lives on in a series of recordings now being released posthumously. Just before his death in February, Jóhannsson composed the score for the upcoming horror film Mandy, and now Lakeshore Records (the label behind the Stranger Things soundtrack) and Invada Records (the label founded by Portishead's Geoff Barro...
Scores that unintentionally, now serve as a coda to Johann Johannsson's life / Synchrotones Soundtrack Review
Jóhann Jóhannsson left this world too soon. He was born in Reykjavik in 1969 and died earlier this year in Berlin. His legacy includes a short, but impressive list of film scores such as the Golden Globe-winning Theory Of Everything, Sicario, Arrival and Prisoners. He was initially set to score Blade Runner 2049 for frequent collaborator Denis Villeneuve, but they amicably departed as ...
Johann Johannsson's award-winning score for 'The Theory of Everything' is to be reissued on vinyl / The Quietus
Jóhann Jóhannsson's score for the 2014 film The Theory of Everything is to be reissued on vinyl next month. It's the latest in a series of reissues of work by the Icelandic composer who passed away in February, following on from the reissue of his debut album, Englabörn, this month. The score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and featured in the film which portrayed the relati...
Johann Johannsson's multiple layered kaleidoscopes on Englaborn & Variations / Norfolk Daily News
"Englaborn" was Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson's debut album, first issued in 2002. Best known for his soundtracks, Johannsson received Oscar nominations for "The Theory of Everything" and "Sicario." Shortly before his unexpected death on Feb. 9, he completed a series of reworkings of "Englaborn" tracks. Some he performed himself, while others were covered by musicians like stunning vocal ensemble ...
Johann Johannsson gets multiple entries on this week's CLASSIC fM chart
Jóhann Jóhannsson, the Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer of movie soundtracks including The Theory Of Everything, Arrival and Sicario, who was found dead in his apartment in Berlin last weekend, has two entries in the Classic FM Chart. The first is a re-entry of his album Orphee at no. 5, and his most recent work, the soundtrack for The Mercy, enters the chart at no. 26. In the rest of...
Johann Johannsson KEXP perf. makes npr - favorite sessions
"I don't like to use the [verb] 'perfect,' " Jóhann Jóhannsson told KEXP: Seattle - Kevin Cole during his visit to the Seattle member station last summer, where he played selections from his 2016 album, Orphée, an interpretation of the Orpheus myth. "It's just finished when it needs to be finished." In speaking with Cole, or in performance at venues as grand as th...
Remembering Johann Johannsson / musicOMH
The work of Jóhann Jóhannsson was richly emotive and deeply human in its approach, drawing vivid parallels between mankind and the world we inhabit. It's a claim not many artists can make. The Icelander's death at the unjustly young age of 48 comes as a shock on many levels. He had been releasing music for over 15 years. The early focus was on concepts; his ambition immediately made...
For Blade Runner 2049, Johann Johannsson's score pays homage to Vangelis' original / POP DUST
A new trailer for " Blade Runner 2049" has dropped over 2 months after the first preview was released. "Good Morning America" debuted the extended look at the long-awaited sequel Monday morning. While the first trailer introduced us to Ryan Gosling's character, LAPD Blade Runner, Officer K, this new clip reveals more about Harrison Ford's character, who says that he and his fellow Blade Runners w...
Johann Johannson debuts new multimedia work at MIF / Manchester Evening News
Jóhann Jóhannsson has created a huge body of work over his career. He is a composer, solo artist and film maker and has received countless awards nominations including two Oscar nods for best soundtrack (Theory of Everything and Sicario). As part of 2017's MIF, he presented the world premiere of Last and First Men. Billed as an extraordinary new multimedia work - Last and First Men is based...
Johann Johannsson set for LA Phil - Reykjavik Festival / CRAVE Q&A
When you think of music capitals of the world you envision London, Austin, Berlin, Vienna. Reykjavik may not be the first city that pops in your head, but it's slowly working itself into the conversation. Iceland's capital city has a rich history in music, from Viking folks songs that date back to the 14th century to the 21st Century art-pop of Bjork. The Los Angeles Philharmonic is doing its par...
Johann Johannsson - Arrival makes 'celebritycafe top 10 soundtracks for 2016'
2016 was another great year for movies. We explored the Pacific with Moana, got weird with Deadpool, teared up to Me Before You and met some new aliens in Arrival. As is always the case, none of these adventures would have been as rich or fulfilling without the immense skill of each music team. Composers, musicians, singers, music directors and songwriters make these movies what ...
Johann Johansson scores Blade Runner 2049 / Ice News
The newly released trailer for Blade Runner 2049 saw the light of day this week. The movie is awaited with great anticipation, it features Ryan Gosling in the leading role and none other than Harrison Ford who also played the leading role in the first film, released in 1982 and is by many considered one of the top films in history. Icelandic composer, Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Johann Johansso...
Johann Johannsson score for 'Arrival' gets '2017 Golden Globe Nomination' / Brooklyn Vegan
The Hollywood Foreign Press has just announced nominees for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. La La Land, Moonlight and Manchester by The Sea were tops in most nomimations on the film side, and Stranger Things, Westworld, The People Vs. OJ Simpson, and Donald Glover's Atlanta all picked up multiple nods on the television side. On the musical side, Iggy Pop & Danger Mouse‘s theme song to Matthew...
Johann Johannsson uses theme of communication between humans & extraterrestrials for 'Arrival' soundtrack / Variety
There are many classic science-fiction scores, from the all-electronic "Forbidden Planet" to the all-classical "2001: A Space Odyssey." So the challenge for today's film composer working in the sci-fi genre is to find a fresh approach. For "Arrival," Iceland-born, Berlin-based Johann Johannsson used the film's theme of communication between humans and extraterrestrial visitors as his starting point, with...
Johann Johannsson on composing for Blade Runner 2049 & Arrival / iNews
Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has a diverse portfolio. His music has soundtracked the war on drugs in Mexico, the early life of Stephen Hawking and, most recently, a mysterious alien invasion. This versatility perhaps derives from his "schizophrenic" music taste: "It goes from black metal to early electronic music from the 1950s." Next up for the composer – who is currently pre...
Johann Johannsson - 'People are hungry for new sounds' / theguardian
Whether it's a John Carpenter classic or Jonny Greenwood's experimental modernism, the film soundtrack is becoming ever more popular as a standalone listen. Contemporary Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson reckons that's because "people are hungry for new sounds, and for the experience of listening to unfamiliar music that you don't hear on commercials and in every TV show". He should know...
Johann Johannsson on 'Arrival' score / Vulture - Song Exploder podcast
This fall, Vulture is partnering with the podcast Song Exploder for a series of episodes on the most interesting film scores of the year. Here, host Hrishikesh Hirway interviews Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson about the music of Arrival, his third collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve. (His fourth, the Blade Runner sequel, is coming in 2017.) Jóhannsson was nominated twic...
Johann Johannsson talks about 'Arrival' soundtrack with NPR - All Things Considered
Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson talks about how he scored the science fiction movie Arrival with inspiration from the movie's images. LISTEN TO All Things Considered SEGMENT. Here's the Transcript MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: "Arrival" has arrived. In the sci-fi mystery film, Amy Adams plays a linguist hired by the government to try and decipher the language of a...
Johann Johannsson Q&A's with 'Den of Geek' about new Arrival score
Arrival might be one of the most thought-provoking science fiction films released in the last few years. And given how many recent, smart films there have been in that genre, this is saying something. Indeed, the film deals with hefty concepts like linguistic relativity, as well as the challenges that might exist if we actually attempted to communicate with aliens on Earth-or know why they're here. B...
Billboard exclusive premiere of 'Heptapod B' from Johann Johannsson's 'Arrival' soundtrack
With major motion picture soundtracks like The Theory of Everything under his belt, Academy Award-nominated composer Johann Johannsson is back with "Heptapod B," a song from his next film project. The song will be featured in the new sci-fi movie Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, and it's premiering exclusively on Billboard. "'Heptapod B' is featured in a montage sequence which d...
Johann Johannsson Q&A with Film Music Magazine
Maybe it's something in the water in Iceland that's produced an invasion of mournfully beautiful and stylistically innovative musicians, each setting out to revolutionize the word with a tonal language of ear-opening, futuristic art. In much the same way that Bjork has caught the world's attention with her mind blowing take on pop, Johann Johannson has been terraforming a sometimes typical landscape of f...
Johann Johannsson - Orphee / theguardian review
There are two ways of telling a story," said Harrison Birtwistle, who was long preoccupied with the Orpheus myth. "One is to tell it because people don't know it and the other is to tell it like a child's story – to retell it." Icelandic film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson joins the grand tradition of composers (Monteverdi, Gluck, Birtwistle, Anaïs Mitchell) who have retold the legen...
Crossover Media Artists well represented in expanded 2017 Big Ears Festival / RollingStone
Big Ears Festival – America's premiere avant-garde music gathering for six non-consecutive years running – is expanding to four days starting in 2017, and the organizers have announced the first 64 performers. The fest, which runs March 23rd to March 26th in Knoxville, Tennessee, is breaking from their long tradition of having a "composer in residence" for the weekend. Instead, it will ex...
Johann Johannsson gets biblical in this exclusive video premiere / AV CLUB
Icelandic artist Jóhann Jóhannsson has already had a prolific, successful career composing both his own solo works of delicate orchestration and decaying electronic drones, and the acclaimed scores for movies like The Theory Of Everything and Sicario. But this year promises to be his busiest-and most high-profile-yet: Not only was he recently tapped to follow in Vangelis' estimable footstep...