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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)

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


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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Tom Johnson - correct music PDF Print E-mail

populist records, a small Los Angeles based record label, just released Tom Johnson - correct music, a CD that includes no less than four premiere recordings: Eggs and Baskets, Tilework for Violin, Tilework for Viola, and Squares: didactic music for a solo instrument. 

Andrew Nathaniel McIntosh plays the violin and viola in all these pieces and also in the Rational Melodies collection, with guests Douglas Wadle (narration) and Brian Walsh (clarinet). Liner notes written by Samuel Vriezen, who has been writing about and performing Tom Jonhsonn’s music for many years.

“Andrew Macintosh's recording of the Rational Melodies is more virtuosic than the previous three, and he is the first to record Tilework for Violin, Tilework for Viola, Eggs and Baskets and Squares. If this CD of correct music is indeed ‘correct,’ this is not only because it is written with precise algorithms, but also because it is performed so carefully.” (Tom Johnson, August 2012.)


NEW: Tilework for Oboe [free audio download] PDF Print E-mail

Tilework for Oboe is subtitled “Three Crossings.” In each movement some music starts at the left side of the staff, some other music starts at the right side of the staff, and with each successive staff they advance toward one another and eventually cross through one another. Quite a few oboists have tried this score, but I think Marika Lombardi is the first one who can play it without mistakes. I was delighted when she said she would record it in a studio, along with some baroque repertoire, which she also plays very well. 

Tom Johnson, Paris, Februrary 2012  

Listen to Tilework for Oboe, played by Marika Lombardi 

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Listen also to 7 more pieces of the Tilework series.


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