Johan Testad HARPA Nominated 2022 for his score for Peter Grönlunds Björnstad
With the score for Björnstad, Johan Testad has captured the essence of a small town in the remote arctic region of northern Sweden where a sinister event connected to the star of the young local hockey team tears the community apart.
As loyalty and friendship is replaced by animosity, the music effectively accentuates and illustrates the growing tension between the villagers. It heightens the intensity of a multifaceted drama that holds great contrast: toxic macho culture, peer pressure, loneliness, vulnerability and longing. Johan Testad´s richly orchestrated music alternate between rhythmic and fragile, delicate themes that contrast beautifully with the main character´s own singing and guitar playing.
Johan Testad HARPA Nominated 2019 for his score for Peter Grönlunds Goliat
The music for Goliat is harmonious to the realm in which the film takes place. Through its sound, instrumentation and genre affiliation, it sets the tone to support the drama.
Johan Testad is a composer and musician, born in Solna, Stockholm but living in the
small village Tibble in Dalarna in the middle of Sweden. Johan grew up with a lot of
different music in his home. His mother plays the piano, church organ and the balalaika
among other instruments. His father, a big fan of blues and rock music, played the
guitar. Also his two sisters grew up to be musicians.
In 2019 Johan received the Guldbagge for the score to Goliat and also been nominated for the same film to the Harpa awards.
For the moment he's working with "Björnstad" for HBO.