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 Misérables”) 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.”
Filmmmusicmag: “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:
(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 Festival’s “Grand Prix” award recently.
Le Grand Cahier (in English, The Notebook) is Hungarian director János Szász’s adaptation of Agota Kristof’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. The score is currently available on iTunes, or you can get right here on Jóhann’s web store.
Jóhann’s new piece “Hz” was premiered by the Bang on a Can All Stars at Merkin Hall in New York City on March 14th. The piece was commissioned as a part of Bang on a Can’s Field Recordings series. The piece features super 8mm film by Magnus Helgason and sound recordings from an old abandoned hydro-electric power plant in a valley outside Reykjavik. Here is a review in The New York Times.