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.
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 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.
Jóhann's score for Denis Villeneuve's 'Arrival' earns a nomination for 'Best Score' at this year's BAFTAs.
(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"
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.
Lionsgate has announced the release date for 'Sicario', the newest film scored by Jóhann Jóhannsson. A limited release will take place on September 18, 2015 followed by a wide release on September 25. 'Sicario' stars Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Jon Bernthal and is Jóhann's second collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve ('Prisoners'). Read more on Variety.
Following critical acclaim for The Theory Of Everything - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, praise for Jóhann Jóhannsson's work continues with a Golden Globe win for Best Original Score, plus Academy Award (Oscar), BAFTA Award, and Critics' Choice Movie Award nominations for his score to the Best Picture Oscar nominated film. I'm deeply honored to be nominated for composing this score. Filmmaking is a collaborative medium, and I was lucky to work with artists of amazing calibre on The Theory Of Everything: the actors, the screenwriter, and the director, James Marsh who has my gratitude for inviting me to be a part of his team, and for being a brilliant, inspiring, and generous collaborator. - Jóhann Jóhannsson Jóhann Jóhannsson's intricate score infuses Best Picture Oscar nominee The Theory Of Everything, which stars Academy Award nominees Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. The Theory of Everything: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Back Lot Music. Stream the Soundtrack here Watch The Theory Of Everything trailer on YouTube
Jóhann Jóhannsson has recently completed the score for Focus Features' newly released film The Theory of Everything. Jóhannsson's intricate compositions provide a stunning backdrop to the romantic drama about Stephen and Jane Hawking, portrayed in the film by Eddie Redmayne (Les MiseÌrables) and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). The film is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire). The Theory of Everything premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last month to rave reviews, and was released in select cities beginning November 7th and in more cities throughout November. Theory of Everything: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on Tuesday, November 4th by Back Lot Music/Universal Pictures on digital and cd formats, with a vinyl edition coming out in the beginning of December and available for pre-order now. The film is out January 2nd 2015 in the UK, with the worldwide release of the soundtrack on December 16th. PURCHASE THE ALBUM | PRE-ORDER THE VINYL
We are excited to announce the first performance of The Miners' Hymns with a full orchestra will take place during Iceland Airwaves Festival in November. The work, a first time collaboration by renowned American filmmaker Bill Morrison and acclaimed Icelandic musician and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, is a homage in film and music to the coal mining history of North East England. Using rarely seen archive film footage spanning 100 years, it depicts the ill-fated mining communities, the increasing mechanization of the pits and the extraordinary annual Durham Miners' Gala. The soundtrack draws on the brass music heritage of the northeast of England, a tradition stretching back almost 200 years and still very much alive today. Jóhann Jóhannsson has created a brand new orchestration of the piece especially for the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, which will be conducted by Guni Franzson. "A lost industrial past stirs in an unforgettable live concert performance of Jóhann Jóhannsson's score with Bill Morrison's film."- Fiona Maddocks, Observer "Elegant, elegiac... enthralling." -The New York Times