ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tom Johnson (b. 1939) is a minimalist composer who works with simple forms and limited sonic materials, utilizing logic and mathematical models in both his music and his drawings. He is particularly well known for his operas; The Four Note Opera (1972) and Riemannoper (1988) have both been staged dozens of times. Often-performed non-operatic works include Bedtime Stories, Rational Melodies, Music and Questions, Counting Duets, Tango, Narayana's Cows, and Failing: a very difficult piece for solo string bass. The former student of Morton Feldman also wrote about contemporary composition for the Village Voice (1972–1982). Johnson has been living in Paris since 1983.
Numbers are a part of nature. Looking at them, thinking about them, and observing the ways they intertwine in combinations and permutations reveal much about how the world is made. In his lectures, Tom Johnson will discuss the how logic and mathematical models function in his art. Drawing networks of numbers often leads him to unique visual forms and in many cases these forms become musical pieces. Over 30 of Johnson's drawings will be exhibited at ArtShare LA from February 15 to 22 with performances at the wulf. on February 20 and 22. These events will show the breadth of Tomʼs work from concept to consideration to percept, from numbers to visuals to sound.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION AND OTHER L.A. EVENTS
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 Art Share L.A., 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).
2/14 - 4 pm @ at UCLA – Lecture 1 on Mathematics and Music room 1440 in Schoenberg Music Building; 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, LA 90095
2/15 - 7pm @ ArtShare LA – Opening reception of the exhibition of Tom Johnsonʼs drawings main gallery; 801 East 4th Place, LA 90013 Tom Johnsonʼs Counting Series, Tilework for Viola, and Squares.
2/20 - 8 pm @ the wulf. – Tom Johnson and Friends 1026 S. Santa Fe Ave. #203, LA 90021 Andrew McIntosh, A Secular Calvinist Creed; Brian Parks, all the trichords in a seven letter alphabet where order matter and no voice sounds the same note consecutively and terminal positions for ballet dancer; a new work by Michael Winter; Tom Johnson, Falling Thirds and Drum.
2/22 -10 am @ California Institute of the Arts – Lecture 2 on Mathematics and Music Wild Beast; 24700 McBean Pkwy., Valencia, 91355
2/22 - 8 pm @ the wulf. – Music of Tom Johnson and CD Release Party of Populist Recordʼs Tom Johnson correct music 1026 S. Santa Fe Ave. #203, LA 90021 Los Angeles premieres of Tom Johnsonʼs Clarinet Trio, Trio (for strings), Eggs and Baskets, Tilework for Piano and Eight Patterns for Eight Instruments.
*Tom will also be visiting UCSB (Feb. 10–13) and UNLV (Feb. 23–26). The work of Dante Boon will be featured at the wulf. on Mar. 1.
ABOUT the wulf.
Located in downtown Los Angeles, the wulf. is a non profit arts organization and venue dedicated to the presentation of experimental art. Founded in 2008 by composers/performers Eric KM Clark and Michael Winter, the wulf. has presented over 160 events in its short existence, with an emphasis on local artists. All events are free at the wulf...
for more information and upcoming events, please visit our website www.thewulf.org or visit us on facebook www.facebook.com/LAthewulf.