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2020 Roulette Commissioned Artist Max Johnson presents Transformations. Harvesting the wild energy and joy of free jazz and bluegrass, bassist and composer Max Johnson approaches his music with love and authenticity. Creating complex worlds of sound, Johnson challenges his listeners to engage deeply and be rewarded with a complete musical experience that is always jubilantly crafted with care and clarity. With nine albums, and over fifteen hundred concerts under his belt with artists like John Zorn, Mivos Quartet, Chris Thile, Anthony Braxton, Mary Halvorson, among others, Johnson has proven to be an unparalleled force on the bass, and a unique, exhilarating voice as a composer.
String Trio (2017)
I Have Heard the Chimes at Midnight (2018) NYC Premiere
Chestnut Grove (2019) World Premiere
Transformations (2020) World Premiere
Lauren Cauley – Violin
Carrie Frey – Viola
Maria Hadge – Cello
Laura Cocks – Flute
Christa Robinson – Oboe
Andy Kozar -Trumpet
Laura Weiner – French Horn
Jen Baker – Trombone
Steven Beck – Piano
Matthew Gold – Percussion
“Max Johnson is one of the most prolific and versatile musician/composers in music today” (Brad Cohan, New York City Jazz Record).
Transformations, by Max Johnson, was commissioned by Roulette, made possible with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation. This performance is presented through Roulette’s GENERATE program, providing over 30 artists each year with in-depth creative and technical support.