July in The Triskel : Jóhann Jóhannsson

Plugd Records and the Triskel Arts Centre announced at the beginning of June (see here) that multi-instrumentalist and Joanna Newsom collaborator Ryan Francesconi will play the beautiful Christ Church venue on July 22nd.

Another artist scheduled in for July is Icelandic (is everyone from that little island seriously talented?) musician, composer and producer Jóhann Jóhannsson.

A busy man to say the least Jóhannsson has produced, arranged and composed music for various art installations, movies (which oddly includes this years Battle: Los Angeles), tv shows and documentaries , founded countless art groups, committees and bands (such as the Apparat Organ Quartet) as well as curating various festivals over the years.

Inbetween all of the above he somehow has put aside the time to create and expand his own very impressive personal discography. Both IBM 1401 A User’s Manual and Fordlândia (the first two thirds of a trilogy based on technology and American brand names) were released on the famous 4AD label with the latter based on the slave-like treatment of Brazilian natives who worked on the rubber plantation purchased by Henry Ford during the 1930s. Both also feature sweeping fifty-piece orchestral arrangements with the Icelandic composer using his soundtrack experience to powerful effect.

With Efterklang playing The Savoy on the Saturday night (July 30th) and Jóhann Jóhannsson playing the Christ Church the following night, both as part of The Steve Reich Effect celebrations (click here for further details) the Cork Opera House and Triskel Arts Centre have really set up a weekend to allow us to end July with a bang.

Jóhann Jóhannsson and String Quartet will play the Triskel on Sunday 31st July. Tickets can be purchased in Plugd Records or from the Triskel box office (both located on Tobin Street) or online using the Triskel official website.



If you are a registered WE7 user listen to IBM 1401 A User’s Manual and Fordlândia in their entirety below.