Johann Johansson (1969-2018) & Yair Elazar Glotman
Johann Johannsson, Yair Elazar Glotman, Hildur Gudnadottir, Viktor Orri Arnason, Else Torp, Tilda Swinton, Budapest Art Orchestra
While composing haunting concept albums and groundbreaking soundtracks such as for Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, award-winning Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson had been contemplating an even bigger project since 2010 - a multimedia Gesamtkunstwerk that would encompass his own visual concept, direction and music. Based on the cult science fiction novel of the same name by Olaf Stapledon, Jóhann Jóhannsson's opus magnum Last and First Men artfully combines music, film and narration spoken by Hollywood star Tilda Swinton, to create a poetic meditation on memory and loss. Images of a decaying futuristic landscape - filmed in 16mm black and white in the former Yugoslavia - combine with Jóhannsson's poignant. Orchestral score, which was written over seven years. At the time of Jóhannsson's uber-rapid death in 2018, he was still working on Last and First Men, assisted by Berlin-based composer and recording artist Yair Elazar Glotman, who subsequently completed the score. For the recording, Jóhannsson's long-time, close musical companions such as Grammy & Oscar winner Hildur Guðnadóttir (vocals, cello, drums) , members of Theatre of Voices and many more came together to complete his breathtaking work.