Jóhann is joined by American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Theatre of Voices, and conductor Donato Cabrera to present his composition 'Drone Mass' atBig Ears Festival on March 24 and Duke Performances on March 25. Additionally to this he will continue his ‘Orphée’ tour with three concerts in L.A, San Francisco and Seattle. For more information on Tour Dates - http://bit.ly/21sSWdO
“Johann Johannsson’s menacing, melancholy score, creates a heady, sensual atmosphere in which the boundaries between thinking and feeling are artfully blurred.”
–The New York Times
“Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score is so integral to the images that it may as well be their heartbeat—it’s spooky and sonorous, a spectral hum.”
"Johann Johannsson's unsettling music — an ominous drone punctuated by horn blasts that sound like other-worldly whale calls — underscores their strange majesty."
– The Hollywood Reporter
"The gaunt score by Jóhann Jóhannsson, who also soundtracked Villeneuve’s drug-cartel thriller Sicario, is little more than a chest-tightening bass note – think scraped piano wire – and a half-sung, half-blown melody line that seems to exist outside of any earthly time signature. It makes the Close Encounters of the Third Kind musical motif sound like the Macarena:"
“Instead Bradford Young's visuals do a great deal of the storytelling, along with Adams’ exceptional performance, the evocative sound design and Jóhann Jóhannsson‘s insta-classic strings-based score.”
“In this case, two of the film’s undeniable MVPs are cinematographer Bradford Young, the genius who shot 'Selma' and 'A Most Violent Year' and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. The latter’s compositions here are essential to every emotional beat of the film, defining the air of tension in the first half of the film and the moving undercurrents of the final act.”
– Roger Ebert
Watch the official video for By the Roes, and by the Hinds of the Field, directed by Máni Sigfússon. It is the second track off Jóhann's new solo album Orphée, which will be out on Deutsche Grammophon this Friday.
Read more about the video and how it connects to the album's central themes onA.V. Club: http://avc.lu/2cV3jV7
All singles from Jóhann's forthcoming album Orphée, 'By the Roes, and by the Hinds of the Field', 'A Song for Europa' and 'Flight from the City', are available instantly withpre-ordersnow.
To stream Orphée in its entirety, you can head over toNPR Music:http://n.pr/2cc3RoN
Watch the full-length trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s new science-fiction feature 'Arrival'. An excerpt from Jóhann's score is featured during the first half (00:37 - 1:18). Based on a 1998 short story by Ted Chiang and starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, the film will arrive in theaters on November 11th.
''It's an album I've been working on since 2009. (...) It was music that was becoming on its own, becoming itself under its own volition in some way.'' - Jóhann invites us into his Berlin studio to talk about the six-year journey of creating his new album Orphée.