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Johann Johannsson set for LA Phil - Reykjavik Festival / CRAVE Q&A

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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 part to spread the word of the thriving Icelandic music scene by hosting the Reykjavík Festival.  

Curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen (Conductor Laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Daníel Bjarnason (of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra), the Reykjavík Festival will showcase the dynamic music community thriving in Iceland's capital from April 1-17 at Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Among those performing will be Jóhann Jöhannsson with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble on April 17. Although the 47-year old, Oscar-nominee has become Hollywood's go-to musical composer (Arrival, Theory of Everything, Sicario), he also has a thriving solo career with a long discography that includes his latest release, Orphee.

CRAVE caught up with Jöhannsson where we talked about Iceland's unique influence on his distinct sound, what fans can expect from his Reykjavík Festival appearance and a little movie he's currently working on called, Blade Runner 2049. READ THE Q&A