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My latest Blog post can be viewed by following this link Jean Johnson Blog
Review of my Brahms and Rózsa album can be found HERE
My latest ensemble venture is a new trio called “Metamorphoses” which has taken off very quickly! We are three musicians who call five countries home, bringing together our combined international experience to create an exciting chemistry. The performers are violist Roeland Jagers from the Netherlands, pianist Ilona Timchenko, a Russian living in Spain, and myself, an American (though now British too!) living in the UK playing clarinet. We have already had two fantastic tours around the Netherlands and we will very soon embark on our third.
The biggest news is that Metamorphoses is that we have released our first album! This is a big deal for us. We just had a successful tour of CD presentations in Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Paris. We recorded music from five different countries and hope that we were able to offer our listeners an interesting program of beautiful music, some of which that they may not have heard before. The album is still only available privately, with international release due in the spring. However, as a gift to you, we would like to invite you to have a listen to the bonus track from the album. We hope you enjoy the Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale for Clarinet and Viola by Rebecca Clarke.
As the name “Metamorphoses” suggests, our aim is to continuously evolve together through repertoire and through future collaborations with other artists be they musicians, actors, singers, or visual artists. While we will naturally perform the household works of Mozart and Schumann, we also seek to explore lesser-known works of outstanding quality, as well as commission new works for our virtuosic yet soulful ensemble. We have already compiled a list of hundreds of existing works to keep us busy for a long, long time. Have a look at our short film, hopefully we’ll be coming your way very soon.
OTHER NEWS….Playing the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time at St. John’s Smith Square in London was an unforgettable experience. It was a privilege sharing the stage with James Ehnes, Alban Gerhardt, and Steven Osborne. We made a little movie to help with the marketing of the concert, but it came out rather nicely and so I’ll share it with you, here. If you don’t yet know Messiaen’s masterpiece, please seek it out. Messiaen wrote the quartet in a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, where it also received its first performance. Hearing this work, especially live, might just change your life.
If you’d like to book Jean or Metamorphoses for a concert,
please contact Mary Kaptein Management http://www.marykaptein.com/?p=profile&userID=58