Barn Dance – Amy Seiwert’s Imagery

This piece was a commission by the San Francisco Dance Music Festival for choreographer Amy Seiwert, filmmakers John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson, and music by Darren Johnston and Fred Frith.  These amazing dancers are Sarah Griffin and Weston Krukow.

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Darren Johnston Quintet – I Can See Infinity From Here

Darren Johnston – trumpet/composition

Ben Goldberg – clarinet

Sheldon Brown – tenor sax/bass clarinet

David Ewell – bass

Hamir Atwal – drums

recorded at the Red Poppy Arthouse, San Francisco, CA

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Broken Shadows – Chicken Yard Sessions #1

Most of the chickens in Corinne’s yard ran and hid before we played the first note, but the one you hear here stuck around and got DOWN! That is one funky chicken. We’re hoping more join in next time. The song itself is “Suk,” originally from Songs of Seven Miles.

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Trailer: Promo Video for “Letters to Home”

The TransGlobal Peoples’ Chorus will show “Letters to Home” at Yerba Buena Gardens on Jun 22, Sat at 1pm. You can see a preview of the work here. Join us!


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Trans-Global People’s Chorus

Darren’s latest project is the Trans-Global People’s Chorus, a multi-generational choir that utilizes stomping, clapping and snapping along with vocal arrangements, and a stellar horn section.  The first piece “Letters to Home” will premiere at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival on June 22.  Recently Darren was interviewed by Joanna Manqueros on “Music of the World” aired on KPFA 94.1FM.   During the interview he discusses the origin and inspiration for the project.

Listen now:

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Songs of Seven Miles

Darren Johnston premiers Songs of Seven Miles at the Yerba Buena Garden Festival.

Songs of Seven Miles (The making of)

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Nice Guy Trio

Nice Guy Trio – I Can See Infinity From Here

Nice Guy Trio – Ducci Calypso

Nice Guy Trio – Fabbie’s Footsteps (composed by Daniel Fabricant)

Nice Guy Trio + Myra Melford, Kasey Knudsen, Evan Francis – Glass Ceiling, Paper Floor

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Cylinder – Sung By Dogs (composed by Kjell Nordeson)

Cylinder – Sung By Dogs (live) (composed by Kjell Nordeson) Live at the Make-Out Room, San Francisco CA on June 7, 2010.

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Improvised Sets

Improvised duo with Devin Hoff at In The Flow. Recorded live at the Beatnik Studios in Sacramento, CA on June 27, 2009.

Improvised trio with Myles Boisen, John Hanes at The Ivy Room.

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Brass Menazeri

Brass Menazeri – Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon,” (arranged by Darren Johnston).

Brass Menazeri – Hajde Fato. Live at Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, June 2010.

Brass Menazeri Balkan brass band plays a mega kolo medley (Mejra Na Tabutu, Kozarica Kolo & Opa Cupa) at the Kafana Balkan party, at the Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, Jan 22, 2011.

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