Staff Pick: Go classic with Johann Johannsson and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

As contrived as it might be, Sigur Ros’ epically sweeping music is still regularly described as glacial. It’s hard, I guess, to resist projecting the surreal landscapes of the band’s native Iceland onto its music.

But the country’s most cinematic musician (and, surprise surprise, an inspiration to Sigur Ros), is Johann Johannsson, a composer and producer who combines elements of ambient, drone, electronic and classical into perfect little drops of melancholy that wash over you with the refreshing ease of a spring shower.

Johannsson will be accompanied by The American Contemporary Music Ensemble, a group that’s worked with bands like Grizzly Bear and Low, for choice cuts from the composer’s catalog.

The Wex’s intimate Performance Space should provide the ideal acoustics.

The Wexner Center

7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16

1871 N. High St., Campus