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NEWMUSICBOX: Review of Tom Johnson In Los Angeles (Art Share + the wulf.) PDF Print E-mail

From the NEWMUSICBOX website came this nice review of the concert and exhibition opening at Art Share, during the week-long residency of Tom Johnson in Los Angeles.


The Tom Johnson Paradox

By Isaac Schankler on February 20, 2013

Last Friday, composer Tom Johnson kicked off a week-long Los Angeles residency with a concert and exhibition opening at Art Share in collaboration with the wulf.. Johnson is generally known for his contributions to minimalist music and mathematics, but this event placed his work in a refreshingly different context, presenting his sketches and drawings as visual art. Some of these were taken from his scores, but many were not. A mural of the composer’s Falling Thirds with Drum, drafted by Aspacia Kusulas, greeted visitors at the entrance, and served as an excellent introduction and visual motto for the exhibition as a whole.

The atmosphere in the gallery was informal, with the composer himself wandering through the space and happy to chat about his work with the attendees, pointing out mathematical relationships between seemingly heterogenous pieces. The starkness of the presentation, with letter-sized sheets of paper evenly spaced along blank white walls, served to highlight the variations between the various pieces. Some had an immediately beautiful symmetry, while others looked more like tangled circuit diagrams.

(read complete review here)

 
Séminaire MaMuX (2012-2013) [Français-French] PDF Print E-mail

 Séminaire MaMuX (2012-2013)

 

 Vendredi 22 mars 2013: L'esthétique des nombres: Modèles combinatoires, groupes et théorie des graphes.

 

 Séance organisée à l'occasion de la sortie du livre Looking at Numbers, de Tom Johnson et Franck Jedrzejewski.

 

IRCAM, salle Stravinsky

1, place I. Stravinsky - 75004 Paris

Entrée libre


 

 
SEQUENZA21: Review of Tom Johnson In Los Angeles (the wulf.) PDF Print E-mail

A nice review of Tom Johnson concert at the wulf just appeared in SEQUENZA21, the website of the Contemporary Classic Music Community.

We reproduce it below for your convenience.


Tom Johnson In Los Angeles

Posted by Paul Muller in Composers, Concert review, Contemporary Classical, Los Angeles, Minimalism, Premieres, tags: minimalism, the wulf, Tom Johnson

On Friday, February 22 the week-long 2013 residency of Tom Johnson in Los Angeles was capped off with a concert of his music at the wulf., an experimental performance space deep in the gritty heart of industrial downtown. Featured was the Los Angeles premiere of  ’Clarinet Trio’ and four other works, plus the occasion was also marked by the release of a new CD of Tom’s works titled ‘correct music’ from Populist Records. About 50 people crowded into the reclaimed factory loft to attend the event and what the wulf lacks in amenities was more than compensated by the enthusiasm of the young audience. The concert was free and there was an ice chest full of  Tecate beer – what’s not to like?

Tom Johnson’s time in Los Angeles this past week was spent giving lectures on mathematics and music at Cal Arts, hosting an exhibition of his drawings in the Art Share LA gallery and presiding over concerts of new music. Tom has deep minimalist roots and, according to the concert notes, “works with simple forms and limited sonic materials, utilizing logic and mathematical models in both his music and his drawings.”

(read complete review here)

 
Forthcoming book: Looking at Numbers PDF Print E-mail

Looking at number coverLooking at Numbers

–Mathematics and music from a platonic point of view

Numbers as Pythagoras might have seen them

–Numbers producing images and music too 

Numbers are part of nature. Observing them, looking at them, thinking about them, is a way of understanding our relationship to nature. But when we do so in a technical, professional way, we tend to overlook their basic appearances, the things we can understand by simply "looking at numbers."

Drawings by Tom Johnson

Text by Tom Johnson, composer

and Franck Jedrzejewski, mathematician

Published by birkhauser-science.com  

Avaliable: June 28, 2013

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TOM JOHNSON & FRIENDS - Los Angeles residency PDF Print E-mail

COMPOSER TOM JOHNSON & FRIENDS - LOS ANGELES RESIDENCY 2/14–2/22

Press Release: January 10, 2012; Los Angeles, CA

From February 14–22, Paris-based composer Tom Johnson will be in residence in the Los Angeles area. His residency will feature two lectures, two live performances at the downtown LA experimental arts performance space the wulf., and an exhibition of his drawings at ArtShare LA, a gallery and theater space also in downtown LA. The opening of the exhibition will also include a set of performances. Tom Johnson will be joined by fellow composers Dante Boon (Amsterdam), Andrew McIntosh (LA), Brian Parks (Middletown), and Michael Winter (LA).

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