Jóhann Jóhannsson is a composer from Iceland with a background in a variety of different genres of music and an impressive series of works to his name. His first two solo records, Englabörn, written for string quartet and electronics (2002) and Virthulegu forsetar, for 11 brass players, percussion, organ and piano (2004) were released on the respected British label Touch and received glowing reviews in the international music media; Virthulegu forsetar found its way onto many critics’ end of year lists. In 2006, 4AD released his album IBM 1401, a User´s Manual, written for a string orchestra and electronics, to a wider audience as well as critical acclaim.
Jóhann’s many side-projects include the analog keyboard dominated rock group Apparat Organ Quartet, hailed by Neil Strauss in the New York Times as being “as innovative and meticulous as Sigur Ros, but who sound nothing like it”. He is also a member of the electronic music collective Evil Madness and one of the founders of the art organization Kitchen Motors.
He has collaborated with many internationally renowned artists including Marc Almond, Barry Adamson and Pan Sonic, The Hafler Trio, Laetitia Sadier and Jaki Liebezeit to name a few.
Jóhann’s music has been featured in several films, including Wicker Park (Paul McGuigan 2004), Ashes and Snow (Gregory Colbert 2006) Opium, Diary of a Madwoman (Janos Szasz 2007) and Voleurs De Cheveaux (Micha Wald 2007).
Jóhann has written 6 feature film scores, as well as music for many documentaries, short films, 10 theatre productions and several contemporary dance works.