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, 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."
Monday, June 29, 2015
Lisa Bielawa is a force to be reckoned with in the new music world - her broadmindedness has served her well as a performer, presenter and composer. Stream her art song album all week.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Terry Riley celebrates his 80th birthday this week, offering the ZOFO piano duo the perfect opportunity to explore new arrangements from his rich and eclectic oeuvre.
Monday, June 01, 2015
NOW Ensemble emerged a decade ago as standard bearers, of a sort, for the new kids of new music. Stream their latest anthology of new works, "Dreamfall," all week.
Monday, May 25, 2015
When composer and rock guitarist Bryce Dessner of the National was asked to write music for So Percussion, he didn't just create a new piece of music. He invented a new instrument.
Monday, May 04, 2015
Steve Reich composed "Music for 18 Musicians" some 40 years ago, but it still remains the perfect gateway drug for Reich's music. A new recording by Ensemble Signal shows why.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Composer Martin Scherzinger's new record is an enlightened take on the traditional music of Africa – mostly because his music recognizes that it is not African music. Listen all week.
Monday, March 30, 2015
The clarinet is lucky to have Martin Fröst, a musical showman who has produced handsome recordings of works new and old. Stream his latest album "Nordic Concertos" all week.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Thanks be to Björk: it was her collaboration with Tanya Tagaq that brought the singer from Nunavut, Canada the much-deserved attention of a worldwide musical audience.