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KEXP releases footage of tribute concerts for Johann Johannsson / Guide to Iceland Now

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The late Jóhann Jóhannsson will not be forgotten. In February of 2018, Iceland mourned the sudden loss of one of their most cherished neo-classical composers and songwriters. At only 48-years of age, he was found deceased in his Berlin residence from what would later be determined as an accidental overdose. Jóhannsson was prolific in his creative outpourings both internationally and within the Icelandic musical community and he wrote music for theatre, dance, television and films. His style can be described as a distinctive blend of traditional orchestration with electronic elements.

KEXP, a Seattle based radio station and nonprofit arts organisation recently released footage of a moving series of tribute concerts for Jóhannsson hosted by the Mengi arts space in Reykjavík. The day of commemorative performances occurred during last year's Iceland Airwaves festival (November 2018) and all of the artists involved shared a personal bond with Jóhannsson, be it through friendship or collaboration, often both.

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