Jóhann Jóhannsson  featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble: Bill Morrison's  The Miners' Hymns
Jóhann Jóhannsson
featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble:
Bill Morrison's The Miners' Hymns
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Royce Hall
$25 - $60 ($15 UCLA Students)
The Miners' Hymns
Produced by Forma
- Laura Lutzke, violin; Caleb Burhans, viola; Caroline Shaw, violin; Clarice Jensen, cello
Conducted by Ryan McAdams

This elegy, in film and music, to the coal-mining history of North East England, is the product of an exceptional creative collaboration between renowned filmmaker Bill Morrison (Decasia) and Icelandic musician and composer Johann Johannsson

Jóhannsson provides electronic music for this live performance of his eclectic score, accompanying the renowned American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and the UCLA Brass Ensemble, directed by Jens Lindemann

Collaged from rare archive film footage and drawing on the region’s brass music culture, The Miners’ Hymns celebrates the endurance, vibrant community and rich culture that characterized the lives of those who worked underground. 

This haunting and inspired documentary project “leaves the audience with the ineffable sense of being between times, landscapes and emotions,” according to the Washington Post. In 2012, The New Yorker’s classical music critic Alex Ross named The Miners’ Hymns best film score of the year.

2010 Bill Morrison / Hypnotic Pictures. An original commission for BRASS Durham International Festival 2010.
Produced by Forma.
Enabled by Northern Film + Media and the UK Film Council's Digital Film Archive Fund
supported by the National Lottery and Arts Council England.
PLUS BFI, Forma and ACE

Ann Hornaday reviews Bill Morrison’s ‘The Miners’ Hymns’
With found footage being all the rage these days — from the cult “Paranormal Activity” franchise to this year’s “Chronicle” — director Bill Morrison should be a household name. In 2002, “Decasia,” his densely layered amalgamation of vintage distressed and decaying celluloid film stock, became a sensation in the fine-art world, as both an elegy to a medium on the verge of extinction and as a bold re-purposing of an obsolete form. Read more.
Conversations with Composers: Jóhann Jóhannsson
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