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Jóhann Jóhannsson

An Icelandic composer and music producer. He began his music career on the Icelandic alternative scene, but has become famous mainly for his manner of combining classical music with electronic music. In 2002 he recorded the unique album Englabörn combining chamber music with electronic music. Since then, seven further albums by Jóhannsson have been released by renowned labels: Touch, Type, 4AD and Fat Cat. On IBM 1401 – A User’s Manual he made use of sounds generated by the electromagnetic radiation of an old IBM 1401 computer. He won awards for his film music at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Sapporo International Short Film Festival. Jóhannsson is also an outstanding composer of music for contemporary dance and theatre ensembles. Jóhann has performed with his ensemble in venues all over the world, including the Paris Centre Pompidou, London's Barbican Centre, Brussels' Palais des Beaux Arts, and the Rudolfinum in Prague. In Reykjavik he co-founded Kitchen Motors – an art organization/think tank/record label, and he is also the founder of Apparat Organ Quartet. In 2009 he performed with the 30-piece Sinfonietta Cracovia at the Krakow Philharmonic at the Unsound Festival. During that concert, he played all the pieces from the Fordlandia album, which met with an enthusiastic response.

Photo: Magnus Helgason