Sponsored: Composer Johann Johannsson at The Regency in April

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 [...]

Sade Sundays: The Fiery Furnaces, The Dodos, Jóhann Jóhannsson

Mike always insists I meet him in the east bay. When I ask why he says, “because I’m here” in a way that is devoid of shame. He picks me up from BART in his grandfather's silver Subaru and then we're at his house eating tamales and popping Brother Thelonious Beer. "Marlene's at Muir Woods, we can put our feet up". But when I realized the socks I was wearing had holes in them, I kept mine planted on the ground. Warming up with talk about choices and bearclaws, I began to wonder about his deliciously-round, butterball cat - and [...]

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