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American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Roomful of Teeth Premiere Jóhann Jóhannsson's 'Drone Mass' at Metropolitan Museum's Temple of Dendur

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Feb 19, 2015 11:36 AM EST

The American Contemporary Music Ensemble will perform with Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth in the world premiere of Jóhannsson’s Drone Mass. Jóhannsson, known for his The Theory of Everything score, will present his piece as a part of the "Met Museum Presents" series at the Temple of Dendur.

The new work by Jóhannsson has been commissioned by ACME to celebrate the group's 10th anniversary. Jóhannsson’s Chaconne for Solo Violin will open the concert -- another premiere performance by Yuki Numata Resnick.

Jóhannsson’s Drone Mass is a contemporary oratorio that fuses the sounds of a string quartet, electronics and vocals and is inspired by texts from the Nag Hammadi library -- sometimes referred to as the Coptic Gospel of the Egyptians. By manipulating the resonances of acoustic instruments with digital processing, Jóhannsson creates music that integrates acoustic and electronic sounds into something unique and new.

Jóhannsson is a Berlin-based composer originally from Iceland. He has written commissioned works for Bang on a Can, Theatre of Voices and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and recently composed a score for the film The Miners’ Hymns by experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison. Jóhannsson was recently awarded a Golden Globe for Best Film Score for The Theory of Everything, directed by James Marsh, and is also nominated for an Academy Award for the score.

He is currently working on his first studio album since 2011.

The world premiere presentation of Drone Mass will take place March 17 in the Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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