Johann Johannsson is one of the most
active participants in the new Icelandic music scene. He is one
of the founders of Kitchen Motors
Band, the art organization/think-tank/record label which specializes
in instigating collaborations, promoting concerts and exhibitions,
performances, chamber operas, producing films, books and radio
shows based on the ideals of experimentation, collaboration and
the search for new art forms. [www.kitchenmotors.com]
Johann founded Apparat Organ Quartet
in 1999, who have played various European festivals in the last
two years to great acclaim and which will release their debut
album later in the year 2002. Apparat Organ Quartet is a band
as innovative and meticulous as Sigur Ros, but who sound nothing
like it. This year it has grown into a phenomenal force, playing
soul-stirringly portentous mechanical music, equal parts progressive
rock and horror film soundtrack, reminiscent of older acts like
Goblin and Kraftwerk and newer ones like Stereolab and Trans Am.
Neil Strauss, New York Times
Johann has also produced and written
music with artists as diverse as Marc Almond ["Stranger Things"
album], Barry Adamson and Pan Sonic, The Halfer Trio, Magga Stina
and many others. He's also written music for the theatre, documentaries
and soundtrack music for 3 feature films.
Johann's latest album "Englaborn"
is was released on Touch
Records last year and has received excellent critique.
Johann Johannson: Odi
et Amo [mp3]
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