Tom JohnsonCows, Chords & Combinations – Tom Johnson – Compact Disc

The fold-out CD includes a comprehensive 16-page booklet with detailed liner notes by Samuel Vriezen; photographs; multiple score samples and biographies.

Tom Johnson (1939) belongs to a rich tradition of artists, from Marcel Duchamp through John Cage, who prefer ‘finding’ to ‘creating’. In Johnson’s case, a surprising musical beauty is found in the regularity, logic and symmetry of pre-existing mathematical structures. A clarity of texture, an ear for transparent harmony and a preference for simple and elegant rhythmical designs are more than mere characteristics of Johnson’s sound world, they are structural determinants that drive the forms themselves.
released March 19, 2010

Heiko Geerts, reeds
Erik-Jan de With, reeds
Anton van Houten, trombone
Joey Marijs, percussion
Pete Harden, guitars
Saskia Lankhoorn, piano

Special guest performer
Keir Neuringer, voice (track 7)

Tom Gelissen, recording (tracks 1-7)
Lauran Jurrius, recording (track 8)

Mixed and produced by Tom Gelissen
Artistic direction, Pete Harden
Design by Duel (
All works published by Editions 75, Paris

Recorded on 3-5 January and 18 July 2009 in The Hague and Amsterdam
This cd was made possible with financial support from Société Gavigniès.
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