The Berlin-by-way-of-Iceland composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has been combining electronic and orchestral compositions that bend, break, and recombine fleeting melodies and inconspicuous rhythms into deeply resonant movements that defy genre labels, and on Tuesday, April 18, he will be accompanied at The Regency Ballroom by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble for a performance of his latest release, Orphée.
Since Englabörn, his solo debut 2002, Jóhann’s instrumentation has also grown. From stark and minimalistic compositions for string quartets and drums to a 60 piece orchestra and reel to reel recording from the 1960s all on an old IBM 1401 computer for his third album, titled IMB 1401 – A User’s Manual in 2006.
In 2012 Jóhann began making a serious splash in the world of composing international film scores as well, and in his first three major attempts he walked away with Golden Globe wins for Best Original Film Score for the films Mystery (2012) and The Theory Of Everything (2014).
Jóhann’s live band typically consists of at least six peoples and more often than not long-time collaborator Matthias Hemstock at the helm of percussion and electronics as well as visual and extra sensory accompaniments created by Magnús Helgason.
Check out the hauntingly sublime track “Flight From The City” off of the album Orphée below:
Jóhann Jóhannsson featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing Orphée
The Regency Ballroom
April 18, 2017