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  • International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy

    I am pleased to be a part of the faculty for the 10th edition of the International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy which occurs from July 14-23, 2023 in Gdansk, Poland.

  • 2023 Performances & Events

    January 21, 2023,  5pm World premiere of ‘Ice Woman’ by Alice Ping Yee Ho for flute (Susan Hoeppner) and Vibraphone (Beverley Johnston). 21C Festival

    March  20-22, 2023  school concerts of ‘Sounding Thunder’ . Festival of the Sound Ensemble.

    April 16, 2023, 3pm   Beverley Johnston, Susan Hoeppner and Erika Crinò with ‘Les Amis Concert Series’   Port Hope, Ontario

    April 29, 2023 7:30pm Monday Morning Singers at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Uxbridge Ontario featuring Beverley Johnston on marimba in works by Canadian composers Timothy Corlis and Tom Baker

    May 15-19, 2023 Recording project in Toronto of Canadian chamber music works with ICOT (Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto)

    July 13-23, 2023 Faculty member for the International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy in Gdansk, Poland (see attached poster). Performing works by Canadian composers Christos Hatzis and David Occhipinti among others.

  • Recent Commissions!

    ‘Ice Woman’ by Alice Ping Yee Ho (for flute and vibraphone) premiered as a part of the 21C Festival on January 21, 2023 with Susan Hoeppner on flutes.

    ‘wild with the music of color’ is a new work by young, creative composer Holly Winter. This piece is a retrospective on the life of visual artist Georgia O’Keeffe. The piece is for vibraphone, voice and paper dress (designed and made by costume/set designer Denyse Karn). The premiere of this piece was March 8, 2022 on International Women’s Day for Beverley’s one woman show called ‘Finding HER Voice’.

    Clockwork Cummings by David Occhipinti, was commissioned by Beverley Johnston. It is a 3-movement work highlighting the eclectic poetry of e.e. Cummings, featuring Bev’s voice in combination with marimba and vibraphone. Video release of these works was in April 2022.

    ‘Eris’ by Christos Hatzis is the latest in Christos’ works for percussion written expressly for Bev Johnston. This piece is a tour de force for vibraphone and audio playback which pays homage to mythological female figure Eris… the goddess of strife and discord! World premiere performance was on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2022.

  • Finding Her Voice – March 8, 2022

    A Celebration of International Women’s Day with percussionist Beverley Johnston.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2022 // 8pm
    918 Bathurst, The Music Gallery, Toronto

    Download/View the Programme [PDF]

  • 2022 Performances & Events

    January 18, 2022  Podcast interview for ‘Shaping your Journey’ with Canadian Percussionist Aldo Mazza

    March 8, 2022Finding HER Voice’ solo performance at the Music Gallery, Toronto. World Premiere works by Christos Hatzis and Holly Winter along with works by Frederic Rzewski, Norbert Palej and Alice Ping Yee Ho.

    March 13, 2022 Beverley Johnston inducted into the CBC Hall of Fame

    April 10, 2022 Performance of ‘In the Fire of Conflict’ by Christos Hatzis for the Peggy Baker show. With Benjamin Kamino, dancer.

    April 28, 2022 Performance of Eris (Christos Hatzis) and Ser Con El (Norbert Palej) in Athens, Greece at The Megaron.

    May 28, 2022 Performance of Eris and Ser Con El in Agria, Greece.

    July 17, 2022 Solo performance at Sound Symposium in St. John’s Newfoundland

    July 19, 2022 Performance of Red River by Russell Hartenberger with members of NEXUS and TorQ percussion ensembles  at the Sound Symposium. St. John’s Newfoundland

    July 25-August 4, 2022 Tour with the Festival of the Sound Ensemble of Sounding Thunder’. Music by Tim Corlis. Poetry written by Ojibwe poet Armand Garnet Ruffo.

    September 15, 2022 12 noon. Thursday Noon Series, Faculty of Music University of Toronto. ‘Eris’ by Christos Hatzis, ‘Third Construction’ by John Cage

    October 18, 2022 7:30pm. Thirteen Strings with Beverley Johnston playing ‘Mirage?’ by Christos Hatzis and Concerto in A Minor by Antonio Vivaldi

    November 10, 2022 1pm. Performance of Cinnabar Heart (marimba/voice) by Chinary Ung at Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    December 9-12, 2022 Workshop with Meredith Monk and Ellen Fisher in Garrison, New York

    Photo by Bo Huang

  • Review of The Spirit and the Dust  – Percussive Notes, December 2020

    The brilliant Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston shines as usual on her seventh solo recording, The Spirit and the Dust’, along with accompanying musician Marc Djokic (violin) and the Amici Chamber Ensemble (Joaquin Valdepañas/clarinet, David Hetherington/cello and Serouj Kradjian/piano). This 67-minute CD is wonderfully recorded and packaged with liberal notes from Centrediscs featuring six contemporary marimba and vibraphone compositions in solos, duos and a quartet, by composers Dinuk Wijeratne, Christos Hatzis, Norbert Palej and Richard Mascall. “The Spirit and the Dust” by Wijeratne is a four-movement marimba solo that opens the CD, in which Johnston’s expressive technique and beautiful touch are evident. The three-movement “Vignettes” by Hatzis features Johnston with Djokic on violin. The exquisiteness with which both musicians perform continues a thread of quality held throughout this outstanding CD.

    Johnston is also heard on vibraphone accompanying herself on voice on “ser con Él” by Palej in the outstanding quartet “Parlor Music” by Hatzis with the Amici Chamber Ensemble. Johnston’s sustained brilliance is evident as she moves from marimba to vibraphone with equally impressive technical displays and timbral expression, manifesting a musical experience that captures the attention of the listener is its exuberance.

    One of the most surprising pieces on this recording is the Hatzis composition “Phosphorus”, featuring Johnston on marimba accompanied by digital audio that features a DJ mix from her late nephew Cameron Haynes. This piece takes many surprising and successful popular music turns that filled me with wonder as I listened. In the closing marimba and violin duet, “Quantum Hologram” by Mascall, dare I say Beverley Johnston has found her musical souldmate and equal in expressive musical effulgence in violinist Marc Djokic. The virtuosic bond with which these two musicians perform exhibits such a degree of musical excellence that one cannot help but be seduced by their enrapturing sonic mastery.

    Johnston is known for her dedication in commissioning percussion works, but her adhesion to contributing outstanding recordings is also worthy of note. The Spirit and the Dust contintues her vibrant percussive legacy.

    -Scott Robinson, Percussive Notes, December 2020

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