Considered by many to be one of the greatest stand alone classical film scores of the last decade, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s ambitious music for the film The Miners’ Hymns will be performed live this coming February with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (aka ACME). The Miners’ Hymns is an inspired collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson and American multimedia artist Bill Morrison which tells the story of England’s Durham coalfield, depicting the hardship of pit work, increasing mechanization, and trade unions’ fight for workers’ rights. Despite being released in 2011, The Miners’ Hymns score has aged well as a stand alone recording with many citing it as some of Jóhannsson’s best work and obtaining a cult following seeking to see the score performed live. Given the amount of horns written into the score, Jóhannsson’s typically busy schedule, and the monumental tasking of organizing such a program, this will be one of the few times the music of The Miners’ Hymns will be performed live in its proper form.
On the three dates, the score for The Miners’ Hymns will be performed by Jóhann Jóhannsson and ACME plus an 18-piece brass section, all led by conductor Ryan McAdams.
A rare and exceptional music mini-tour, Jóhannsson’s moving score will be given the epic treatment is so rightfully deserves. Now if Jóhannsson could just bring along an IBM 1401 machine to tour his IBM 1401, A User’s Manual album here in the states.
February 14, 2014 at 8pm
Royce Hall | Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA
340 Royce Drive | Los Angeles, CA
Tickets: $25-60 at 310.825.2101or http://cap.ucla.edu
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