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Jóhann Jóhannsson set to grace the Biltmore Cabaret with his compositions Tuesday, May 11th

Promotional shot of Jóhann Jóhannsson in Milan, Italy.

Icelandic-born composer and performer Jóhann Jóhannsson is currently touring to promote his new album 'And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees'. The record is the score for Marc Craste's award-winning film 'Varmints'. You can listen to the entire album via Soundcloud here.

One thing Jóhannsson does extremely well is incorporate wide dynamic range. While some artists and bludgeoning pop composers feel that driving, forceful progressions are the only way to incite emotion, Jóhannsson allows the listener to focus on the finer parts of music with sufficient empty space for reflection.

I found out about Jóhann Jóhannsson when I heard his first solo (concept) album 'Englabörn' in my friend's library. Never before had I encountered music so melancholic and haunting, yet heavenly. I always strove to make music like this.

His album 'Dis' is less conventionally classical, and more ambient electronic. All around, Jóhann is a musical inspiration, so when I saw a poster for his upcoming Vancouver appearance, I knew I would have to be there.

I'm interested to know what the instrumentation will be because it could technically range from all acoustic to all electronic.

Visit Jóhann's MySpace and come along Tuesday, May 11th if you like what you hear.


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