Daniel Stephen Johnson was born in the desert and learned to play the violin. After studying viola and English at the University of Southern California, he wrote fiction at Columbia University. Then he moved to Connecticut, where he worked at a record shop and wrote about music, literature and comedy for the New Haven Advocate and the Believer. Now he lives in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and works as a sheet music salesman in Queens.
He's written notes for programs by musicians like Daníel Bjarnason, Nico Muhly and Gidon Kremer, for magazines including Opera News and Parterre Box, and of course for his own website, danielstephenjohnson.com.
Daniel Stephen Johnson appears in the following:
Monday, May 23, 2016
'The Colorado,' a documentary film directed by Murat Eyuboglu, is a cautionary tale about Colorado River, but its score radiates optimism. Stream it in full all this week.
Monday, April 25, 2016
New York–based Brazilian composer Marcos Balter and the San Francisco–based rock band Deerhoof each represent the aesthetic triumph of the 21st-century vogue for crossing genres.
Monday, April 18, 2016
On 'Hand Eye,' the Grammy-winning eighth blackbird asked the composers of Sleeping Giant to compose music inspired by visual art, from robotic installations to figurative painting.
Monday, April 04, 2016
The violin duo and sisters Angela and Jennifer Chun have taken a leap into the contemporary era with their latest charming disc, exploring the music of Nico Muhly and Philip Glass.
Monday, March 21, 2016
NOW Ensemble pianist Michael Mizrahi has followed his solo debut with a deliciously listenable track-by-track ode to the piano.
Monday, March 07, 2016
New recordings of Paul Moravec's recently-revised Violin Concerto and Shakuhachi Quintet illustrate the composer's gift for intense lyricism.
Monday, February 22, 2016
On the International Contemporary Ensemble's new album, Nathan Davis, Phyllis Chen and their ICE colleagues manage to be as satisfying to the intellect as they are exciting to the ear.
Monday, February 15, 2016
What all the pieces in Lisa Moore's latest album have in common is the use of simple, even elemental materials to gesture at something awe-inspiringly vast. Listen all week.
Monday, January 18, 2016
The works on "Serious Business," the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet's first recording for the audiophile Sono Luminus label, dare the listener to dismiss them as "cute" or "fun."
Monday, January 04, 2016
"Let Me Tell You" was announced this fall as the winner of the 2016 Grawemeyer Award, the composing world's highest honor. The label Winter & Winter presents its premiere recording.
Monday, December 21, 2015
The Seattle Symphony has earned its share of headlines in the past few years, but the real story is the symphony's multi-layered commitment to new music.
Monday, November 30, 2015
"Transient Glory III" offers a glimpse of what makes the Young People's Chorus of New York City such outstanding interpreters with music by Meredith Monk, John Corigliano and more.
Monday, November 02, 2015
John Luther Adams's "Ilimaq" is an immersive musical journey for the listener, as well as a spectacular vehicle for a pivotal talent from the world of rock, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche.
Monday, October 19, 2015
The Avalon Quartet brings an elegant touch to works by Osvaldo Golijov, Stacy Garrop, Britten and Debussy on their new release. Listen to the full album all this week.
Monday, October 05, 2015
Jodie Landau and wild Up's "You of All Things," is radiantly lovely in every detail, but perhaps the loveliest of all is Landau's astonishing vocals. Stream the album all week.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Julia Wolfe has released Anthracite Fields – the oratorio that won her the Pulitzer Prize – featuring the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and amplified sextet the Bang on a Can All-Stars
Monday, September 07, 2015
Chicago-based ensemble eighth blackbird's meticulous programming is seldom as intensely focused as it is on their latest album, "Filament." Stream the complete album all week.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider teams up with vocalist Shara Worden, Padma Newsome and D.M. Stith on her latest album.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Philip Glass's working relationship with conductor Dennis Russell Davies brings him back to symphonic form again and again, and he's now written more than Beethoven. Hear #10 all week.
Monday, July 06, 2015
How appropriate that the release date of Laura Karpman's new record should arrive right around the birthday of the U.S.: a setting of Langston Hughes's cycle of poems "Ask Your Mama."