Magnús Jóhann (born 17. september 1996) is an Icelandic composer, record producer and keyboard player who has a delight for vintage instruments that cause trouble. He has pursued a diverse range of styles in his solo work as well as in his work as a session player and as a producer.
His knack for old synthesizers, keyboards and tape machines got him into making music of his own in high school which led to a career in music. He graduated from the Reykjavík College of Jazz, where he studied composition with Skúli Sverrisson along with jazz piano.
Magnús is currently working on an album inspired by a photograph gifted to him by his brother, Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson, a photographer and artist. Working alongside Magnús are drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (ADHD, Moses Hightower), saxophonist Tumi Árnason (Grísalappalísa, JFDR) and recording engineer Bergur Þórisson (Björk, Sigur Rós, Ólafur Arnalds).
The music is a blend of slow rumbling electronic music with intense percussion in the mix and a more melodic improvised side. The music has jazz roots with gut wrenching saxophone tones and soft pianos combining to form music to seeks to avoid being conformed to a specific genre. The album is to be released late 2019. Magnús Jóhann has also worked as a film composer for feature films and shorts.
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