''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
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.
Pre-order 'Orphée'. - https://dg.lnk.to/JohannssonOrphee
Watch Clare Langan's video for Flight From The City
, the first single off Jóhann's upcoming album Órphee
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.”
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(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.
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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
formats via Back Lot Music.
Stream the Soundtrack here
Watch The Theory Of Everything
trailer on YouTube