Entries tagged with: Johann Johannsson
Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were just announced, with Golden Globe winner The Revenant leading the pack with 12 nominations, and Mad Max: Fury Road following closely behind with 10 nominations. In the Best Song category, J. Ralph and Antony Hegarty's "Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction was nominated, as was The Weeknd's "Earned It" from 50 Shades of Grey, Lady Gaga's "Til it Happens to You" from The Hunting Ground, David Lang's "Simple Song #3" from Youth, and Sam Smith's "The Writing's On the Wall" from Spectre (which won the Golden Globe). You can listen to all five Best Song nominees below.
For Best Score, Ennio Morricone's Golden Globe-winning score for The Hateful Eight was nominated, as were Carter Burwell for Carol, Jóhann Jóhannsson for Sicario, John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Thomas Newman for Bridge of Spies. Also: Nina Simone doc What Happened, Miss Simone? and Amy Winehouse documentary Amy are up for Best Documentary Feature.
The Oscars will be handed out Sunday, February 28 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood. Chris Rock is hosting this year. A full list of all 2016 Oscar nominees is below...
by Andrew Sacher
FACT published their 50 Best Albums of 2015 list and as always, it's one of the more unique lists of the year. It's loaded with high-quality electronic music, rap, R&B, indie, pop, and more, and you're almost guaranteed to find something on it you haven't heard of. It ranges from the Simon Cowell-assembled girl group Fifth Harmony to the underground New York rapper Junglepussy, and includes plenty of the in-between. Kendrick Lamar and Grimes are here, but they come in at the mere #3 and #5, respectively. Their #1 is a very unexpected pick, but a great album nonetheless (and one that does deserve some more love).
"Excuse the positivity, but was something in the water this year? 2015 felt like the best year for albums in a while," their intro begins. Read what else FACT have to say here and check out the whole list below...
Acclaimed Icelandic composer and Golden Globe winner (for his The Theory of Everything score), Jóhann Jóhannsson is in NYC currently where he'll perform on Tuesday (3/17) at The Met's Temple of Dendur. He'll be joined by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and the 2014 Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth to perform two world premiere pieces, "Chaconne," performed by violinist Yuki Numata Resnick; and "Drone Mass," which is a "contemporary oratorio which fuses the sounds of string quartet, electronics, and vocals, and uses texts based on the Coptic Gospel of the Egyptians." Tickets are still available.
The Met is currently his only 2015 North American appearance. Flyer is below...
The 87th Annual Academy Award nominations are out and Alejandro G. Iñárritu's flashy Birdman leads the charge with nine nominations, followed by WWII drama The Imitation Game (8), Clint Eastwood's American Sniper (7) and Richard Linklater's Boyhood (6). Whiplash, the intense drama about a young jazz drummer who falls under the tutelage of a demanding teacher, got five nominations.
The Best Song category includes "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me; "Everything is Awesome" (performed by The Lonely Island and Tegan & Sara) from The LEGO Movie (which got snubbed in the Best Animated Film category); music industry comedy Begin Again's "Lost Stars" which was co-written by Greg Kurstin (The Bird & the Bee) and former child actress Danielle Brisebois; "Grateful" (written by vet Diane Warren) from Beyond the Lights; and "Glory" from Selma (performed by John Legend and Common) which won the Golden Globe for Best Song last weekend. The Best Score nominees include onetime 4AD and Fatcat signee Jóhann Jóhannsson's work on The Imitation Game which won the Golden Globe.
Find out who wins February 22 when Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 87th Annual Academy Awards, live on ABC. Full list of 2015 Oscar nominations are below...
It's awards season and this morning the 2015 The Golden Globes nominations were released and there are a few familiar names in the two music categories:
Lana Del Rey: "Big Eyes" (Big Eyes)And Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, working again with David Fincher this time for Gone Girl, is among the nominees in the Best Original Score category:
John Legend, Common: "Glory" (Selma)
Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye: "Mercy Is" (Noah)
Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck: "Opportunity" (Annie)
Lorde: "Yellow Flicker Beat" (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1)
Alexandre Desplat: The Imitation GameAmong the non-music nominees, Iñárritu's Birdman led with seven nominations, and HBO's True Detective and FX's Fargo (both in the mini-series category) led in television with four and five nominations, respectively. The enigmatic Hollywood Foreign Press Association will hand out the Golden Globes to winners on January 11 at the televised ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross: Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez: Birdman
Hans Zimmer: Interstellar
Stream all five Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Song Motion Picture and check out the full list of 2015 nominations, below...
Kendrick Lamar @ Firefly 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Goldfrapp, Wordless Music Orchestra @ Beacon Theater
Her only U.S. show for 2013, Goldfrapp play a release show for their new album, Tales of Us, with the Wordless Music Orchestra providing the strings so intrinsic to the record's sweeping beauty.
Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), YOSHIMO, Noise Nomads @ Union Pool
Sonic Youth may not have a future, but the members have all been keeping very busy. Tonight Kim Gordon celebrates her noisy new Body/Head album with a sold-out show at Union Pool, one of a few upcoming dates the duo has in NYC. Opening the show is YOSHIMO of Boredoms (who also just played the NYC stop of Station to Station) and Noise Nomads (aka Jeff Hartford), who has been a favorite of Sonic Youth members for a while now.
Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Bishop Nehru @ Williamsburg Park
In the past year Kendrick Lamar has released one of the greatest rap breakthrough albums in recent memory, toured relentlessly (multiple NYC shows included), appeared on other huge songs ("Fuckin' Problems"), destroyed the competition ("Control"), and done a ton of other notable things that you probably don't need me to name. Needless to say, he's kept us very interested, so his return to NYC for the umpteenth time this year is a welcome one. Supporting him at tonight's show is Black Hippy crew mates Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, plus young upcoming Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru.
The Stepkids, Starlight Girls @ Mercury Lounge
Former backup musicians for Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill and 50 Cent, this Connecticut trio make funky pop on their own. This is a record release show for their new album, Troubadour, which tones down the psychedelic soul in favor of '70s AM gold.
Rebelution, Matisyahu, Collie Buddz @ Rumsey Playfield
Religious jam-band scene-approved alt-rock reggae rapper Matisyahu hits Rumsey Playfield in Central Park tonight for a bill that also includes Rebelution and Collie Buddz.
Blink 182 @ Starland Ballroom
blink-182 are on the second of three intimate NYC-area shows -- which inspired us to make the argument they're actually an important and influential band -- and tonight's (like tomorrow's MHOW show) is also a benefit. Proceeds benefit Sandy Relief and cancer/diabetes research and treatment, and opener New Beat Fund's t-shirt sales will support those charities as well. Sold out.
Spiritualized, Guy Blakeslee @ Webster Hall
Spiritualized have been through town more than a few times in the last year, but with an album as strong as last year's Sweet Heart, Sweet Light, they're worth seeing again.
Hess Is More, Ane Trolle, Naja Rosa @ Cameo Gallery
A mighty live force capable of DFA-style dancerock, Hess is More are always worth checking out live. This will be your first of three chances to do so this month as part of their September "Hessidency."
Zuul, Villains, Throaat @ The Gutter
No need to call Ghostbusters, the coming of this Zuul -- from Carbondale, Illinois, not the underworld -- doesn't signify the return of The Destructor, though their NWOBHM-style riffage is bulldozer strength. Joining them is NYC sleaze metal band Villains, and Throaat, who have members of Natur and Wizardry.
Johann Johannsson @ Le Poisson Rouge
Highly prolific Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, whose most recent work is the score for new crime drama Prisoners, will perform tonight with American Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra @ Havemeyer Park (Nitehawk Outdoors)
Part of the Nitehawk Outdoors series, tonight's screening is Oscar-winner, Chicago, preceded by a performance by jazz-age style ensemble Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. It's free but you do need to RSVP.
Kate Boy, ASTR, Young Heel @ Glasslands
This Swedish outfit -- who channel Big '80s pop like Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush -- are in NYC for two shows, tonight being the first. They'll play Mercury Lounge tomorrow. Check out their video for "The Way We Are" below.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Last night's installment (3/14) of the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival was the the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert which saw the Bang on a Can All-Stars performing world premieres of new commissions by Anna Clyne, Dan Deacon, Tyondai Braxton, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Paula Matthusen, and Fay Kueen Wang's Weltinseln.
Dan Deacon's piece made use of his flashing iPhone/Android app, which was certainly a first at The Kaufman Center's Merkin Concert Hall. Deacon and Braxton were on hand for show and were interviewed by WNYC's John Schaefer for the station's New Sounds Live.
The fest rolls on this weekend on Saturday (3/16), composer Imani Uzuri joins Numinous ensemble founder Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. Tickets to that show are still available. More pics from last night's Ecstatic Music Fest performance are below.
Tyondai Braxton at ATP NYC 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Ex-Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton will present his new multimedia project, HIVE, in NYC at the Guggenheim Museum on March 21 as part of the museum's Works & Process series. The project is being co-presented by Wordless Music and will feature musicians Ben Vida, Yuri Yamashita, Jared Soldiviero, and John Ostrowski, and architect/carpenter Uffe Surland Van Tams. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer below.
Tyondai has other upcoming appearances and events in NYC including premiering his new work, Trems, which is being performed by Bang On A Can at Merkin Concert Hall on March 14 for an event that also features music by Dan Deacon, Anna Clyne, Paula Matthusen, Johann Johannsson, and Fay Kueen Wang.
Tyondai and Ben Vida (who also performs at the HIVE show) are teaming up as a duo to perform as an opening act at Extra Life's last show ever which happens on January 19 at 285 Kent with Sam Mickens (who plays Mercury Lounge with Callers tonight [1/7]), Oneirogen, and a DJ set by NMCM (Krallice). Admission is $12 at the door. You can read Extra Life's goodbye message at their website.
All dates are listed below...
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Jóhann is making landfall in North America for three exciting and unique performances. The first stop is New York City. Jóhann will perform in its entirety his most recent release: the haunting soundtrack to Bill Morrison's film The Miners' Hymns.. This performance features a 22 piece brass and string ensemble and will be accompanied by a screening of the documentary. The event will take place at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden. on January 31st as part of WNYC's Wordless Music Series, hosted by John Schaefer. - Admission is free; no tickets or reservations needed!If you can't make tonight's show, you can also listen to the stream.
Next stop is Winnipeg, Manitoba, where, on February 3rd, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Jóhann's A Prayer to the Dynamo, a new 40 minute piece commissioned by the WSO for the Winnipeg New Music Festival.. The piece takes its title from Henry Adams' poem inspired by his mystical experience in the Great Hall of Dynamos at the World´s Fair in Paris in the year 1900.
Finally, Jóhann goes west to Los Angeles, where he'll be joined by the Formalist Quartet for a retrospective concert at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. on February 8th. This will follow a performance on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," which airs on Tuesday, Feb. 7th at 11:15 PST.
Crystal Stilts @ Slumberland Birthday, 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Red Baraat @ BAM
* Dan Deacon at Suny Purchase
* Evangelista @ The Stone
* Memory Tapes at Tribeca Grand
* Men, MKNG FRNDZ @ The Bell House
* Wakey! Wakey!, Harper Blynn @ Mercury Lounge
* Yemenwed, Light Asylum, Sabine Gruffat @ P.S.1
* The Golden Filter, Nancy Whang @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Man In Gray, El Jezel, Coyote Eyes @ Union Hall
* H2O (15 Year Anniversary Show) @ Gramercy Theatre
* Nosaj Thing, Daedelus, Jogger @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* These Are Powers, MNDR, Blondes, JDH & Dave P @ Coco 66
* Misery Index, Magrudergrind, Mutant Supremacy @ Union Pool
* Aligns, The Yellow Dogs, In Cadeo, Darwin Deez @ The Cameo
* Zola Jesus, Blacklist, Cult of Youth, White Ring @ Cake Shop
* Extra Life, Pink Reason, Silk Flowers, M. Lamar @ Death By Audio
* PC Worship, Ashcan Orchestra, GDFX, Hexbreaker Quintet @ Shea Stadium
* Pygmy Shrews, Golden Girls, Byrds of Paradise, Tough Knuckles @ Bruar Falls
* Greg Kelley, Chris Brokaw, Matthew Heyner, Sean Meehan @ Issue Project Room
* Secret Country, Roadside Graves, WJ & The Sweet Sacrifice, My Name Is John Michael @ Maxwell's
* Crystal Stilts, The Beets, Christmas Island, Beach Fossils, German Measles @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Haiti Benefit w/ Your 33 Black Angels, Bugs in the Dark, Palominos, Hollands, Normandy, Balboa, Winston Troy, MK Groove Orchestra @ East River Bar
Man in Gray are back together for one night only tonight at Union Hall! With Coyote Eyes and El Jezel. They played their two final shows in 2008, one of which was at one of our Rock n ROFL shows at Pianos.
Extra Life, who are at DBA tonight, have a new record coming out, called Made Flesh, on March 30th.
Memory Tapes tonight at Tribeca Grand is free (RSVP to events [at] self-titledmag.com). Tanlines are DJing.
Mates of State play the Bell House on Sunday.
Today is the last day of by:Larm in Norway. I've seen a ton of great bands so far. Most are new to me. I'm trying to avoid bands I've seen or will definitely see soon. Serena Maneesh fall into both categories (SXSW = the "see soon" part), but I couldn't help myself and went and checked them out last night at Spectrum Scene in Oslo. They went on after Johann Johannsson who went on after Efterklang (it was 4AD night). I actually watched all three and even saw some bands in nearby venues during set change... there's a band on somewhere every half hour, and all bands only play for 30 minutes.... so if you're quick you can see at least 25 minutes of a 30 minute set twice an hour for about 7 hours straight...except Serena Maneesh actually who got 45 minutes as tonight's big headliner... actually Johann played longer too, but I left before he finished). I don't have videos from the show, so here are some of their official videos instead, below...
the composer in 3-D...
Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson of Iceland will be making rounds this spring with a slate of North American shows. The tour kicks off on April 20th, with a gig at NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge on Friday, April 30th. Tickets are on sale. The next night (5/1) he'll be at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Tickets for that are also available.
& In the Endless Pause There Came Sound of Bees, Jóhannsson's score to the animated short film "Varmints," is being released by Type as a limited-edition vinyl (you might be able to find it now, though Amazon says it will be released on January 5th) and later in 2010 as a CD (it came out as a tour-only CD in July 2009). The trailer for that film and all tour dates are below...
words by Martin Longley
Jóhann Jóhannsson @ LPR in NYC - June 25, 2009 (Lucas Cometto)
The Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson makes his US touring debut with a pair of sets at (le) Poisson Rouge (6/25), a club that seems to achieve a feeling of fully-seatedness no matter who's performing. Potential audiences appear to have faith in its diverse and adventurous bookings. The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) open the proceedings with a performance of "String Quartet No. 1", by Gavin Bryars. This is an appropriate move, as there are parts of the last year's Fordlandia album where Jóhannsson evokes certain sonic flourishes that are reminiscent of the English composer's work. The piece establishes a suitably brooding tone for the evening, relishing the very essence of the string formation, but never emerging from this exploratory stasis. The lighting is low, and will remain this way when New Yorkers ACME take to the stage again, to form Jóhannsson's string extension during his own set.
Instead, Jóhannsson is making his US debut this year, on Thursday, June 25th at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The Wordless Music show will also feature the ACME String Quartet. Tickets for the show's early set (6:30pm) and late set(9pm) are on sale.
All tour dates and a video of his song "Sun's Gone Dim," below...
A July 8 River To River Festival performance by Jóhann Jóhannsson, due to take place in the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The concert will not be rescheduled.
"BEN NEILL is a composer, performer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. Through his use of interactive computer technologies, Neill creates a unique musical and visual experience, melding the worlds of electronic music, jazz, pop culture and visual media." [Ben Neil]
"Ben is the curator of the River to River Festival at World Financial Center this summer. This series of 5 free concerts focuses on leading artists in the field of electronic music, including Ulrich Schnauss, Fennesz/Sakamoto, FourTet and Steve Reid, Nicolas Collins, Dorit Chrysler, Kode 9, Dubwar and Johann Johannsson. See full schedule here" [Ben Neil]
Info on a show Ben is playing himself, as well as a Kieren Hebden (FourTet) and Steve Reid video, below....