Tucker Johnson

    composer    performer    improviser




The Ecstasy of Communication - Premiered by John McGovernNovember 20, 2020: The Ecstasy of Communication for snare drum and video was completed in collaboration with percussionist John McGovern. John McGovern premiered the “logistically virtuosic” work on his DMA lecture recital: Voice and Solo Snare

Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial ScholarshipNovember 2020: Tucker Johnson, an undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition, is the recipient of the Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Music Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded by the Penn State School of Music.”

Is This Tracing? - a new wind ensemble workSeptember 2020: Composed for a wind ensemble of 18 players, Is This Tracing? attempts to model entropy through structural and semantic metaphor.

What They Bury Themselves For - Leave Salem

May 24, 2020: John McGovern and Tucker Johnson release a taste of their work as duo Leave Salem. Leave Salem features elements of American-primitive guitar and computer music woven into a drone-folk musical surface.

May 10, 2020: This miniature for Tuba and Percussion was premiered as part of Moreau VanTuinen Duo’s Miniature Matinee Series. Recording coming later this summer!

I Pretended to Leap - a new choral work

May, 2020: Settings of four Quatrains by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī for SSAA choir. The four movements feature various soloists.

^^^^^^h^ - solo bassoon works

April, 2020: A collection of solo bassoon music created during Spring 2020. Recorded by Tucker Johnson in his State College Apartment during COVID-19 lockdown.

A Presence Within Reassembly - Penn State Research

April 15-17th 2020: This work for quadrophonic fixed media will be featured in the 2020 Penn State Undergraduate Research Exhibition and awarded the Peter T. Luckie Award for Outstanding Research in Arts and Humanities.

April 12, 2020 8-10pm EST: The second movement of co for saxophone and piano will be programed on the Modern Notebook series for Classical WSMR, Florida. Performance by pianist Eunmi Ko and saxophonist Doug O’Connor. 

Modern Notebook is hosted by WSMR’s Tyler Kline, and is a program that highlights music composed since the Mid-20th Century, with a special focus on the music of living composers.

spank; - Maritime Chaparall

December 2019: In their first release, spank; searches for an identity in the traumatic change of it’s members’ shared space.

Composing in the Wilderness

November 22nd, 2019: CORVUS Ensemble--the new music ensemble of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival--premires works by nine composers at Federal Hall National Memorial, in New York City. Influenced by the 2019 Composing in the Wilderness Kayak Adventure in Prince William Sound, Alaska, Tucker’s work or maybe while crossing was among the premieres.

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November 2019: Two electronic  works completed during the fall of 2019: I AM COVERED IN STARCH, and  --------

WRITE/TAKE - guitar duo

July 2019: WRITE/TAKE is a guitar duo composed for soundSCAPE New Music Festival in Cesena, Italy.