Evan Johnson (b. 1980) is an American composer whose music focuses on extremes of density and of reticence, of difficulty and of sparsity, and on hiding itself. Described as “conjuring a Beckett-like eloquence from stammers and silences” (Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph), and as “creating genuine magic … music [which] will be with us for a very long time” (Tim Rutherford-Johnson, The Rambler), his work has been performed throughout North America, Europe and beyond by ensembles such as musikFabrik, ELISION, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the MIVOS Quartet, ensemble mosaik, Wet Ink, Dal Niente, Ensemble SurPlus, EXAUDI, loadbang, ekmeles, the Quatuor Bozzini, and the New London Chamber Choir; pianists Ian Pace, Michael Finnissy, Mark Knoop, Frederik Croene, and Sebastian Berweck; flutists Richard Craig and Claire Chase; clarinetists Carl Rosman and Gareth Davis; and soloists from the National Symphony Orchestra, among others.
His work has been programmed at American and international festivals of contemporary music, including the Darmstadt Summer Courses, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, TRANSIT (Leuven), Klangwerkstatt Berlin, Dark Music Days (Reykjavik), Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäße Musik, Acht Brücken (Cologne), the Spitalfields Festival, the Ensemblia Festival, June in Buffalo, soundON (San Diego) and others, featured on the Monday Evening Concerts series in Los Angeles, and heard at such venues as Miller Theatre (New York) and London’s Wigmore Hall. Recordings of his work are available or forthcoming on HCR, Metier, New Focus, Label Musikfabrik, Parlour Tapes, Coviello Classics, and Wergo, and several portrait discs are also in the works. Selected scores are published by Edition Gravis (Berlin).
Evan Johnson’s tracks