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
Jóhann has composed the score for the Working Title/Focus Features film The Theory of Everything about the relationship between Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane. The film is directed by James Marsh, known for his documentary films such as the Oscar-winning Man On Wire, and features stars Eddie Redmayne of Les Miserables and Felicity Jones of Amazing Spider Man 2. The film will be released in the USA this November and the rest of the world in December. The score album will be released this autumn through BackLot Records. The world premiere of The Theory of Everything was at Toronto International Film Festival last week. Here are some of the press reactions to the score: "Jóhann Jóhansson's score is sublime" - Screen Daily "The film's score is so beautifully written it left many around me in tears at the extra emotion it brought." - BBC "The standout among the tech credits has to be Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose gorgeous score brings an incredible emotional resonance to the picture."- HitFix "Criminally overlooked last year in the grand scheme of things for his work on Prisoners, the composer orchestrates his best score of his career." -Awards Circuit "The effect is heightened by Jóhann Jóhannsson's score, whose arpeggio-like repetitions and progressions at times evoke the compositions of Philip Glass, working in concert with Jinx Godfrey's swiftly edited montages to lyrical and emotionally extravagant effect."- Variety
Jóhann's original film score for SpectreVision indie crime drama, McCanick - starring David Morse and the late Cory Monteith - will be released in all formats (DIGI/CD/LP) on Tuesday, January 28th via Milan Records. To pre-order the physical album today, and/or for more information, click here. For iTunes, click here.
Jóhann's score for Denis Villeneuve's film Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal is now available in all formats, including vinyl. Click here to pre-order a special double vinyl edition (ships 12/2013).
WaterTower Music has announced the release of Jóhann Jóhannsson's soundtrack to the Alcon Entertainment thriller Prisoners a Warner Bros. Pictures release starring Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain), and directed by Denis Villeneuve. The album will be available at all digital retailers, and a CD will be made available through Amazon.com A vinyl edition of the album will be available through NTOV/Cobraside in early November. "Prisoners" topped the US box office in its first weekend and has been acclaimed by critics. The score has received its fair share of plaudits: Associated Press: "Even the moody music by Icelandic composer Johan Johannsson will make you shiver. Just try getting it out of your head as you leave the theater." Film music mag: Prisoners is certainly one of the more interesting scores to appear since Johnny Greenwood's brilliantly bizarre There Will Be Blood, while doing far less "if that's even possible - a score that communicates riveting ideas with the most deceptively minimal of efforts - It's art music that just happens to be a film score, and pretty much completely outside of the box in a cool Icelandic way."
Having recently finished a run of highly successful shows across California, New York and Ontario, Jóhann has now confirmed that he'll be coming back to the U.S. in February of next year. These shows will be a live performance of Jóhann's collaboration with the filmmaker Bill Morrison, The Miners' Hymns. The film will be shown with Jóhann's score performed live by an 18 piece brass band and a string quartet. The dates are as follows: February 8 - Blacksburg, VA @ Virginia Tech Center for the Arts (w/the Virginia Tech Brass Ensemble and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble) February 11 - Denver, CO @ Gates Concert Hall (w/the Denver Brass and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble) February 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA Royce Hall (w/the UCLA Brass Ensemble and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble) Click here for tickets.
Screenwriter Daniel Noah recently teamed up with director Josh C. Waller and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson to create the crime drama McCanick, starring David Morse and Ciaran Hinds. Along with Alcon Entertainment's movie Prisoners, this will be the second film at the Toronto International Film Festival to feature completely original music by Jóhannsson. Click here for more information about the premiere, and here to watch the final trailer.
Le Grand Cahier which heavily features Jóhann's music, won the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festivalâ's Grand Prix award recently. Le Grand Cahier in English, The Notebook, is Hungarian director János Szász's adaptation of Agota Kristofâ's French-language best-seller of the same title. The story is about two thirteen-year-old twin brothers who are forced to shack up with their evil, country-bumpkin grandmother during World War II. Click here to see all the winners of this year's Karlovy Vary IFF, and here to read a review of Le Grand Cahier from The Hollywood Reporter.
After a recent showing in select theaters across the US and Europe, Free the Mind> - a feature documentary about the scientific applications of meditation, with music by Jóhann Jóhannsson - is now being prepared for a DVD release in the coming months.