Concert and cultural event hall Mengi, in conjunction with record label 12 Tónar, will this coming Saturday put on a memorial concert for musician Jóhann Jóhannson, who died tragically last February at the age of 48.
Several musicians connected to Jóhannsson will perform a selection of works both created and inspired by the beloved composer.
Among the performers are Apparat Organ Quartet, one of the earliest projects Jóhannsson was attached to, as well as Icelandic rock legends HAM, of which he was a member for a period.
Two new pieces will be premiered, one of them composed by Rutger Hoedemaekers, Jóhannsson’s Berlin assistant, who worked with the composer on the music for Nicolas Cage vehicle Mandy, and the other by notable Icelandic film composer Atli Örvarsson.
Every musician performing at the concert is donating their work, with all proceeds going to the Jóhann Jóhannsson Foundation, set up by Jóhannsson’s friends and family to honour his legacy by supporting, educating and encouraging young artists worldwide.
Jóhannsson was a respected member of the Icelandic music scene for several years before attaining international recognition as a film composer. He won a Golden Globe for his score to the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, after having been nominated for a total of two Academy Awards, two BAFTAs and a Grammy, for Denis Villeneuve’s films Sicario and Arrival.
“We’re organizing this memorial concert not just to play Jói’s music, but also to honour his spirit of constant creative renewal through collaboration, friendship, the thrill of experimentation, and artistic research,” said musician Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, who performs under the name Kira Kira. “This spirit is alive and well among us.”