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Jóhann Jóhannsson (accompanied by ACME), Special guest Goran Ivanovic - 2/15
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Jóhann Jóhannsson was born in Iceland but currently resides in Copenhagen, Denmark. Described as “intrepid musical enigma” by the BBC, Jóhann’s compositions have been moving listeners for more than a decade. His arresting ‘Englabörn’ album from 2002 was one of the very first and most influential releases in the broad-reaching post-classical / modern composition field and his place in that scene is now fully cemented and justly deserved. Jóhann Jóhannsson has since released several albums with the highly renowned 4AD, Touch and FatCat labels.
Jóhann’s work frequently combines electronics with classical orchestrations and fuses diverse influences including minimalism, baroque music, drone music and electro-acoustic music, while Jóhann’s background in Iceland’s flourishing alternative music scene also informs his work. ‘Englabörn’ combined echoes of Erik Satie, Purcell and Moondog with the electronic music of labels like Mille Plateaux and Mego. Later works include ‘Virthulegu Forsetar’ (2004), scored for a brass ensemble, electronic drones and percussion, and the orchestral albums ‘Fordlandia’ (2008) and ‘IBM 1401 – A User’s Manual’ (2006), a composition which uses sounds produced from the electromagnetic emissions of the old IBM 1401 mainframe computers.
Jóhann’s most recent project is a collaboration with the experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison called ‘The Miners Hymns’ (2011), a film and accompanying composition for brass band, pipe organ and electronics. The piece had a live premiere in Durham Cathedral in July 2010 and was released on CD and DVD in May 2011.
Jóhann is founding member of Kitchen Motors – an art organization that curated events, commissioned works and released records and was an influential part of the art and music scenes in Iceland around the turn of the century. Members of múm, Sigur Ros, Aniima and many others were all affiliated with Kitchen Motors and participated in their projects. Jóhann´s many side projects include the all-analog Apparat Organ Quartet and the electronic “supergroup” Evil Madness.
Jóhann has won awards for his film music at the Rhode Island and Sapporo film festivals. His film scores include ‘The Good Life’ (Eva Mulvad, DK 2010), ‘Varmints’ (Marc Craste UK 2008) and ‘For Ellen’ (US 2012). Jóhann is an accomplished composer for contemporary dance and theater and his collaborations with the internationally renowned choreographer and dancer Erna Omarsdottir, ‘IBM 1401, a user’s manual’ (2002), and ‘Mysteries of Love’ (2005), have been performed widely across Europe. Jóhann has performed in venues all over the world with his ensemble, including Centre Pompidou, London’s Barbican Centre, Brussels’ Palais des Beaux Arts, and the Prague Rudolfinum.
About American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)
Led by cellist and Artistic Director Clarice Jensen, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) is dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, primarily the work of American composers. The ensemble presents cutting-edge music by living composers alongside the classics of the contemporary. ACME’s dedication to new music extends across genres, and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds. NPR calls them “contemporary new music dynamos,” and The New York Times describes ACME’s performances as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying.” Time Out New York reports, “[Artistic Director Clarice] Jensen has earned a sterling reputation for her fresh, inclusive mix of minimalists, maximalists, eclectics and newcomers.” ACME has performed at leading venues across the country including (Le) Poisson Rouge, Carnegie Hall, BAM, Joyce Theater, Noguchi Museum, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Columbia University's Miller Theatre, Stanford Live, Flynn Center, Montclair's Peak Performances, and All Tomorrow's Parties in the UK, among others. ACME can be heard on the New World Records and New Amsterdam Records labels. ACME's instrumentation is flexible, and includes some of New York's most sought-after, engaging musicians. Core ACME members include violinists Caleb Burhans, Ben Russell, and Caroline Shaw (winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music), violists Nadia Sirota and Caitlin Lynch, cellist and artistic director Clarice Jensen, flutists Alex Sopp and Andrew Rehrig, pianist Timo Andres, and percussionist Chris Thompson.
About Goran Ivanovic
Credibly multicultural and counter-cultural, Goran Ivanovic, from the group Eastern Blok and AKGI Guitar Duo, comes up with a unique musical language which melts together his Balkan roots and Flamenco and Latin guitar traditions.
"Serbian-American classical nylon-string guitarist Ivanovic play unabashedly beautiful music that is as captivatingly melodic and cinematic as it is technically and compositionally sophisticated" Guitar Player Magazine.