What's happening now.


Befriend Phillip Johnston on FaceBook!

Breaking News!

The Microscopic Septet's Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of their new CD, Manhattan Moonrise, has been successfully completed!

In late November of 2013, The Micros went into the studio to record their first CD containing new material since the late 1980s. A combination of brand new work by Joel Forrester and Phillip Johnston, re-imagined early Micros tunes, and a couple of classics, the CD will be part of Cuneiform Records' 30th Anniversary releases in May/June 2014, and will be entitled Manhattan Moonrise. Visit the Micros on Facebook or on the web for more information

Befriend The Microscopic Septet on Facebook!

Visit The Microscopic Septet on the web!



Upcoming performances:

Saturday, June 7th, 2014. 5PM
The Vivid Festival's New Wave Sound presents:

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) is a silent silhouette animation by Lotte Reineger, considered by many to be the first feature-length animated film.Combining electronic and acoustic instruments, the score will be structured around a pre-recorded score of sampled percussion. Against this, a live band will play, consisting of two electric keyboards, soprano saxophone, & trombone. The music will be through-composed, seasoned with elements of improvisation, and invoke elements of jazz, minimalism and classical music.

John Shand called it an "exceptional work that deserves many airings"

The Vivid Festival , New Wave Sound
The Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre
Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW
Tel: 02.9351.7944



Tuesday, June 10th, 2014. 7PM One set only
SpectrumNYC presents:

Joel Forrester & Phillip Johnston Duo

In 2010 Joel Forrester and Phillip Johnston, the co-leaders of The Microscopic Septet did a tour of the West Coast, playing as a duo, as they have for some 30 years or so, in order to promote the Micro's CD, Friday The 13th: The Micros Play Monk. A gig in Berkeley California yielded a live recording which became the CD Live At The Hillside Club about which Jim Macnie of the Village Voice said, "teems with a well-rendered wit and flows with fraternal accord."

Two days before the Manhattan Moonrise CD launch at Small's Jazz Club they will play one 50 minute concert at SpectrumNYC in New York's Lower East Side.

SpectrumNYC
121 Ludlow St, New York City
510-893-0174



Thursday June 12th, 2014. 9.30PM-12AM, 2 sets
Small's Jazz Club presents:

The Microscopic Septet


Manhattan Moonrise is the new CD by The Microscopic Septet (see above). On Thursday June 12th the Micros will be playing two sets at 9.30PM and 11PM to celebrate the release the CD. It may well be the only NYC Micros gig this year, so if you love the Micros, this is the hit.

Small's does no tickets in advance or reservations, so it is recommended that you arrive early!




Small's Jazz Club
183 West 10th Street,
Greenwich Village, NYC





Sunday, June 15th, 2014. 8PM
Duende presents:

Joel Forrester & Phillip Johnston Duo

In 2010 Joel Forrester and Phillip Johnston, the co-leaders of The Microscopic Septet did a tour of the West Coast, playing as a duo, as they have for some 30 years or so, in order to promote the Micro's CD, Friday The 13th: The Micros Play Monk. A gig in Berkeley California yielded a live recording which became the CD Live At The Hillside Club about which Jim Macnie of the Village Voice said, "teems with a well-rendered wit and flows with fraternal accord."

This year they will play one gig on the West Coast, at the fabulous Duende in Oakland, CA. A rare opportunity.


Duende
68 19th St, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
510-893-0174




Saturday, July 19th, 2014. 8.30PM/10PM
SIMA presents:

The Phillip Johnston Quartet

Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone
Alister Spence: piano/organ
Lloyd Swanton: bass
Nic Cecire: drums

A classic jazz quartet drawing from an eclectic repertoire of angular originals and bent re-interpretations. Groovy and chromatic.


The Sound Lounge @The Seymour Centre
Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW 2008 AUSTRALIA
02.9351.7944



Future activities:

October 2014

Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston: Wordless! US Tour

This innovative show combines slides, talk, film, and live musical performance. Spiegelman collaborated with acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston whose sextet underscores the multimedia presentation with new original music.

Wordless brings to life the work of the five most important artists of the wordless novel — Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Milt Gross, Otto Nückel, and Si Lewen — in a series of animated projections.The program also contains new original work created by Spiegelman, as well as animating and musicalizing some of his older short wordless strips.

Oct 8th: Oberlin College OH
Oct 10th: University of California, Berkeley CA
Oct 12th: Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle WA
Oct 15th: UCLA, Los Angeles CA
Oct 17th, USCB Arts & Lectures, Santa Barbara CA
Oct 19th: Kauffman Center, Kansas City KA
Oct 21st: Lisner Auditorium, GWU, Washington DC
Oct 26th: ICA, Boston MA


Mar 2015

Phillip Johnston residency at The Stone NYC Mar 3rd-8th.

Six nights of different groups, two per night, representing a survey of projects past and present.

Schedule TBA