Watch the trailer for ‘Arrival’

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. 

Jóhann announces new album ‘Orphée’ along with a North American & EU Tour

Jóhann Jóhannsson’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 re-tellings of the ancient tale 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, dealing with the elusive nature of beauty and its relationship to the artist, as well as the idea that art is created through transgression – by the poet defying the gods who have forbidden him to turn back towards his beloved as he leaves the Underworld.

Orphée’s sonic palette is varied, combining acoustic instruments both solo and in ensemble with electronics and the mesmeric sounds of shortwave radio “numbers stations”. It draws on many facets of his previous albums, incorporating music for solo cello, organ, string quartet, string orchestra and unaccompanied voices.

Orphée shows the full range of the Icelandic composer’s remarkable invention and uncanny feeling for atmosphere. The music of the entire album is tied together structurally by recurring harmonic and melodic elements, yet each track sounds fresh, evocative and unique. Orphée reconciles ambitious orchestral and vocal writing with influences ranging from the Baroque to minimalism and electronic music.

Along with this momentous release, Jóhann will kick off his North American and European tour on the 16th of October. Click here for all DATES.

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The Los Angeles Philharmonic to host ‘Reykjavik Festival’

The Los Angeles Philharmonic will spotlight new music from Iceland in the orchestra's 2016-17 season. The multi-day Reykjavik Festival bids to explore ''the interplay of new music, folk and pop music by up-and-coming composers from the Reykjavik music scene and also will feature works by more established talents'', according to the L.A. Times.   Curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daníel Bjarnason, the festival will feature Jóhann's works along with 21 commissioned pieces by Icelandic artists and 14 world premieres. Jóhann's performance will take place on April 17th 2017 along Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon.

‘Trapped’ score wins Eddan Award

Jóhann's collaborative score with Hildur Gudnadóttir and Rutger Hoedemaekers for the BBC TV series Trapped won the award for best score at the "Icelandic Oscars" Eddan. Screened across the globe, the Icelandic series created by Baltasar Kormákur has been a major success with both critics and viewers alike. The score has had an exceptional reception receiving pronounced praise in the press surrounding the series. In the words of  The Guardian ''As the music of Jóhann Jóhannsson swoops over epic images of vast glaciers, wide plains and a frothing sea, interspersed with uncomfortable close-ups of the bloodshot eyeballs and grubby fingernails of a corpse, you know this show intends to soar.''.

Jóhann Jóhannsson signs to Deutsche Grammophon

Jóhann has signed an exclusive recording contract with the esteemed German label Deutsche Grammophon. “This new relationship makes a perfect marriage for the compositions I have created over the past five years,” he observes. “In that time I have only released film scores but have been working on many other personal projects. I wanted to find a partner who could bring this new material to the public. I’m looking forward to the release of my first studio album for six years and to collaborating on other substantial projects with DG in future.” Find more info here.

End of Summer soundtrack available on December 4

(Sonic Pieces - December 4) Jóhann's first short film as director, End of Summer is a hypnotic and slow-burning journey through the austere landscapes of the island of South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Shot on black and white super 8 film and accompanied by rich and detailed field recordings of the from the voyage, this footage makes a perfect foundation for Jóhann's musical compositions, performed together with fellow musicians and friends Hildur Gu∂nadóttir and Robert A. A. Lowe. Continue reading "End of Summer soundtrack available on December 4"

Sicario Soundtrack App Now Available in iTunes

Experience what critics describe as "one of the best films of the year, period!" with the official Sicario soundtrack app. The app is a musical journey where you can view the film's visuals and trailer footage, read Director Denis Villeneuve and Jóhann's thoughts about the music and watch behind-the-scenes footage of the recording sessions, all while listening to an early release of 4 tracks from the film.

Download the app here and immerse yourself in Jóhann Jóhannsson's menacing, brutal, poignant and melancholic score.