Prisoners Soundtrack CD released on Watertower Music

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

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.”

New U.S. tour dates for February 2014

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.

SpectreVision’s crime drama, McCanick, to premiere at TIFF

McCanickposterScreenwriter 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.

János Szász’s Le Grand Cahier takes home “Grand Prix” at Karlovy Vary IFF

legrandcahierLe 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.