The innovative and prolific Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969 2018) would have turned fifty years old this year, on September 19. Honoring him and his legacy, Deutsche Grammophon is set to release an outstanding new studio album featuring the world premiere recording of his piece 12 Conversations with Thilo Heinzmann
Is the creative process fundamentally the same for the composer writing music as it is for the visual artist painting a picture? Jóhann Jóhannsson and the Berlin
based painter Thilo Heinzmann explored this profound question throughout a four year dialogue. The musical result is a twelve movement string quartet that
considerably stands out among Jóhannsson’s multiple award winning works.
Jóhannsson was “obsessed with the texture of sound”, regularly bending the barriers between classical and electronic music. With his eclectic style, he created
hypnotically lyrical images of outstanding refinement. The delicacy and beauty of Jóhannsson’s puristic string quartet writing in 12 Conversations reveals what could be referred to as the essence of his sound.
After his sudden passing in February 2018, Jóhannsson’s long term musical collaborators of Echo Collective (currently touring Henosis with Joep Beving)
brought the score to life through their previous experience of performing his earlier work ( Orphée ), as well as through conversations with the composer himself about this extraordinary set of works.