Max Johnson: Charm Factory

Monday, June 20, 2022. 8:00 pm
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Max Johnson: Charm Factory

Monday, June 20, 2022. 8:00 pm

with the Rhythm Method, Anna Elder, and Max Johnson Quintet

2022 Roulette Resident Artist

For the second of his two concerts in residence at Roulette, composer/bassist Max Johnson will be presenting an evening of new music, new ensembles and world premieres, featuring Anna Elder, The Rhythm Method, and a new improvising quintet led by Johnson. This performance will feature a wide range of styles and orchestrations, highlighting the curious and colorful compositions of Max Johnson, featuring text by poet Todd Colby.


In Bloom (2019) for String Quartet
An Ocean of Pigeons (2021) for String Quartet*
Haiku (2017) for String Quartet
Spangled Dots (2021) for Soprano, Violin, Clarinet, with text by Todd Colby*
A Question of Time (2020) for Clarinet*
Riot in the Charm Factory (2022) for Soprano, with text by Todd Colby*
Max Johnson Quintet

*world premiere


Anna Elder – Soprano
Lucy Hatem – Clarinet

The Rhythm Method:
Leah Asher, Lauren Cauley – Violin
Carrie Frey – Viola
Helen Newby – Cello

Max Johnson Quintet:
Sam Newsome – Soprano Saxophone
Caroline Davis – Alto Saxophone
Jon Irabagon – Tenor Saxophone
Max Johnson – Bass
Jeff Davis – Drums

Described as “an intrepid composer, architect of sound and beast of the bass…” (Brad Cohan, NYC Jazz Record) composer, bassist, and improviser Max Johnson creates complex worlds of sound, challenging his listeners to engage deeply and be rewarded with an experience always crafted with love, care, and clarity. With nine albums and over two thousand concerts internationally with artists like Ingrid Laubrock, Anthony Braxton, Mary Halvorson, David Grisman, Tyshawn Sorey, Henry Grimes, Sam Bush, John Zorn, Nels Cline, and Mivos Quartet, Johnson brings a wild energy and excitement. He has been commissioned by the Jerome Foundation, Society of Composers Inc, Steven R. Gerber Trust, University of Glasgow; been featured on over fifty albums; and can be heard in Spike Lee’s Academy Award winning film, The BlacKkKlansman. Johnson currently teaches at Brooklyn College, and is the father to a beautiful chihuahua named Gabby.

This project is developed as part of Johnson’s Roulette 2022 Residency, 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.
Photo: Aidan Grant