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Notice: Phillip Johnston's Web Site is undergoing a complete reconstruction, and is generally no longer being updated overall. A new web site will appear soon in this same space, but it's taking longer than anticipated (sad face). But, in the meantime, here are a few upcoming appearances:

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Monday Dec 28th, 29th and 30th 2016.
Woodford Folk Festival presents:

The Silent Film Scores of Phillip Johnston

Wednesday Dec 28th 7.30PM The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1927)
Thursday Dec 29th 7.30PM Dec 29th The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1927)
Friday Dec 30 1.30PM Transparent Quartet South
Friday Dec 30 7.30PM The Georges Méliès Project: The Merry Frolics of Méliès

Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone
Alister Spence: keyboards/piano
Casey Golden: keyboards
James Greening: trombone
Daryl Pratt: vibraphone
Steve Elphick: bass


Monday Jan 16th, 2017. 7.30PM
$10 only! Foundry616 presents:

The Greasy Chicken Orchestra

20s/30s jazz, featuring the music of Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington, performed by some of Sydney's best players! An early start on a Monday night, and only $7 at the door! Great fun for all! Don't miss this popular once-a-month gig!

Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone
Peter Farrar: alto saxophone
Jeremy Rose: tenor saxophone
Ross Harrington: baritone saxophone
Peter Dasent: piano
Tim Rollinson: guitar
Steve Elphick: bass
Nic Cecire: drums

616 Harris St
Ultimo, Sydney, Australia
Phone 02 9211 9442

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Saturday Feb 11th, 2017. 9PM
SIMA presents:

Page of Madness: Suite For Improvisers

Phillip Johnston’s Page of Madness: Suite for Improvisers is based on Johnston’s original score for Teinosuke Kinugasa’s 1926 Japanese silent film, Kurutta Ippeji (A Page of Madness). The work was premiered at the Lincoln Centre in 1998 and later had its Australian premiere at The Sydney Film Festival in 2008. The Suite for Improvisers was created from themes used in the film score and some of the structures, which applied improvised music to silent film scoring. The music is a vehicle for a group of stellar Sydney improvisers, in the spirit of large ensemble works such as the music of the New York Composers Orchestra. Johnston was an originating member of this in the late 1980s. This film-score-without-a-film is both haunting and exhilarating.

PHILLIP JOHNSTON soprano saxophone
PETER FARRAR alto saxophone
SANDY EVANS tenor saxophone
ANDREW ROBSON baritone saxophone
JASON NOBLE clarinet
PAUL CUTLAN bass clarinet
ALEX SILVER trombone
DARYL PRATT vibraphone


The Sound Lounge
corner of City Rd and Cleveland St
Chippendale, Sydney, Australia
Seymour Centre Box office 02 9351 7940

Sunday Apr 2nd, 2017. 7.30PM
Smalls Jazz Club presents:

The Microscopic Septet

The Microscopic Septet plays 2 sets at Smalls to celebrate the release of their new Cuneiform CD, I've Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me: The Micros Play The Blues.

Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone
Don Davis: alto saxophone
Mike Hashim: tenor saxophone
Dave Sewelson: baritone saxophone Joe Forrester: piano
Dave Hofstra: bass
Richard Dworkin: drums

183 W 10th St, New York, NY, 10014
phone: +1 646-476-4346

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