Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Listen: Jóhann Jóhannsson @ LPR

On April 30, Icelandic artist Jóhann Jóhannsson kicked off his two-week, 13-city North American tour with a performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
Recently featured on David Garland's Spinning on Air, the haunting music of Jóhann Jóhannsson takes the audience on a journey through bewitching soundworlds--in this particular performance at (L)PR, he used the traditional string quartet texture flanked by piano, electronics and percussion to create a cinematic atmosphere. With a deep-seeded interest in breaking down barriers between art forms, Jóhannsson is a fouding member of Kitchen Motors, an arts organization/think tank/record label that encourages collaborations and art projects across diverse artforms.
WQXR is currently streaming the entire performance, check it out below!
Jóhannsson, Hemstock and ACME kicked off their show with Englabörn from a 2002 record and an as yet unreleased new piece, Flight from the City.
Fordlândia - Aerial View and Salfrædingur
Drömme i Köbenhavn, Englabörn Variations and Day and Night
Melodia (i) and Odi et Amo
Encouraged by an enthusiastic audience, Jóhannsson and his band performed two encores: Passacagliaand Eg heyrdi allt an thess ad hulsta.

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