Cygnus Ensemble Presents
Samuel Beckett
Scott Johnson composer
September 14, 15, and 23 (3pm matinee) ---Responding to Ohio Impromptu
Scott Johnson photo

Composer Scott Johnson (b. 1952) has been a pioneering voice in the new relationship being forged between the classical tradition and the popular culture that surrounds it.  A forerunner of today’s “postclassical” styles, he has played an influential role since the early 1980’s in the trend towards incorporating rock-derived instruments, electronics, and musical materials into traditionally scored compositions.  His music has been presented worldwide, by performers ranging from the Kronos Quartet and the Bang On A Can All-Stars to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; in dance works performed by the Boston Ballet, the London Contemporary Dance Theater, and the Ballets de Monte Carlo; in Paul Schrader's film Patty Hearst, and in recordings on the Nonesuch, CRI, Point, and Tzadik labels.  Compositions which feature sampled voice include the groundbreaking 1982 John Somebody, as well as How It Happens, commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, and based upon voice recordings of the late journalist I.F. Stone.  Awards include a Koussevitsky Foundation commission and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  Johnson has lectured at leading conservatories and universities, including San Francisco and Peabody Conservatories, Senzaku Ongaku Daigaku, New York University, The Manhattan School of Music, and Yale.