Looping in My Living Room: A Live-Performance Video Series

Thanks to the support of a fiscal year 2021 Creative Support for Individuals Grant from the MN State Arts Board, I’m releasing six live-performance videos of my original pieces, all performed in my living room by yours truly on amplified flute, bass flute, and looping & effects pedals. The pieces come from works and shows I’ve created and performed with other artists, including choreographer Jennifer Glaws/Jagged Moves Dance Company; folk/roots trio Julie Johnson & The No-Accounts (Doug Otto & Drew Druckrey); flute/cello duo J2J (Jacqueline Ultan); dancer/film designer Tamara Ober; visual artist Patrick K. Pryor; and director/film designer DJ Mendel.

Performance #1: "Opening & Suffocation" from Touch Code
  • Performance #1: "Opening & Suffocation" from Touch Code
  • Performance #1: "Opening & Suffocation" from Touch Code
  • Performance #1: "Opening & Suffocation" from Touch Code
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Created and performed by Julie Johnson on amplified flute and looping & effects pedals

Video editing by Tamara Ober: https://www.tamaraober.com/

In 2019 and early 2020, I wrote an original score for Touch Code, a dance piece created by choreographer Jennifer Glaws and Jagged Moves Dance Company: https://jenniferglaws.org/jagged-moves. The piece, which includes a live performance of the score onstage, was set to premiere in March 2020 with several shows. We got to present one, on March 12, before the rest were cancelled due to Covid-19. Created collaboratively by Glaws and an all-female dance sextet, the piece explores the tensions and power dynamics at play when people claim personal boundaries and make space for themselves. In light of the physical restrictions of social distancing, these themes have since taken on a new resonance, which I’ve explored in this version of “Opening and Suffocation,” a section of music from the beginning of the show. Using distortion, delay, and looping, I’m working to express the repression of emotions—both positive and negative—that can occur when we resist human touch, and the freedom we sometimes experience when that control is released. Touch Code is scheduled to remount in the fall of 2021 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis.

Upon purchase, you can download a PDF that contains a Vimeo link to the show.

Photo by Bill Cameron

Julie Johnson is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tech issues: contact Julie at flutemonster@hotmail.com

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Performance #2: "Arkan": Fantasy on a Traditional Ukrainian Melody
  • Performance #2: "Arkan": Fantasy on a Traditional Ukrainian Melody
  • Performance #2: "Arkan": Fantasy on a Traditional Ukrainian Melody
  • Performance #2: "Arkan": Fantasy on a Traditional Ukrainian Melody
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Created and performed by Julie Johnson on amplified flute and looping & effects pedals

Video editing by Tamara Ober: https://www.tamaraober.com/

Minnesota musician and composer Natalie Nowytski (http://www.natalien.com/bio.html), the daughter of two Ukranian immigrants and a master artist of Eastern European vocal styling, first shared this tune with me, which has become one of my all-time favorite pieces to perform. I originally played it with my folk/roots trio Julie Johnson & The No-Accounts; we included my arrangement for bass flute, acoustic guitar, and mandolin on our 2011 album The Banks of The Little Auplaine (https://julieflute.net/album/1702175/the-banks-of-the-little-auplaine). I’ve also created a version with cellist Jacqueline Ultan for our duo J2J. This solo version includes both scored and improvised sections. I use looping & delay pedals to play with the traditional melodies, teasing out both the lyricism and aggression I hear in them and building it all up into a final frenzied dance.

Upon purchase, you can download a PDF that contains a Vimeo link to the show.

Photo by Bob Stacke

Julie Johnson is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tech issues: contact Julie at flutemonster@hotmail.com

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Performance #3: "Slipping Back" from Standing on the Hollow
  • Performance #3: "Slipping Back" from Standing on the Hollow
  • Performance #3: "Slipping Back" from Standing on the Hollow
  • Performance #3: "Slipping Back" from Standing on the Hollow
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Created and performed by Julie Johnson on amplified flute and looping & effects pedals

Video editing by Tamara Ober: https://www.tamaraober.com/

My first collaboration with dancer/choreographer Tamara Ober, Standing on the Hollow started as a twelve-minute piece inspired by Flannery O’Connor’s short story “Good Country People.” That piece inspired us to expand our exploration of the themes of memory, loss, and resilience. We turned to two more literary works: “Little Selves” by Mary Lerner and Toni Morrison’s Beloved, that great American novel about the searing echoes of one of the wickedest periods in our country’s history. Under the direction of D.J. Mendel (https://www.djmendel.org/), Standing on the Hollow evolved into a full-length show that also included Mendel’s film and design work. We premiered it at the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival. “Slipping Back” is a section inspired by “Little Selves.”

Upon purchase, you can download a PDF that contains a Vimeo link to the show.

Photo by Bill Cameron

Julie Johnson is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tech issues: contact Julie at flutemonster@hotmail.com

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Performance #4: "It's Your Fault" from Touch Code
  • Performance #4: "It's Your Fault" from Touch Code
  • Performance #4: "It's Your Fault" from Touch Code
  • Performance #4: "It's Your Fault" from Touch Code
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Created & performed by Julie Johnson on amplified flute, bass flute, and looping & effects pedals

Video editing by Tamara Ober: https://www.tamaraober.com/

At the end of her 2020 dance piece Touch Code, choreographer Jennifer Glaws (https://jenniferglaws.org/jagged-moves) explores the strength and confidence required for physical and psychological confrontations. During an attack--and after it--victims of abuse and harassment inevitably face both. In “It’s Your Fault,” a section of the original score I wrote for Glaws’s piece, I wanted to create a sound that spoke back to the myriad subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which victims are blamed for provoking the violence that is done against them. At times I try for a sound like an electric guitar; at others, I mimic cymbals and other percussion instruments. The bass flute, that audience favorite, also makes an aggressive appearance. Using my looping pedal in a new way—by layering bits of long musical lines, then slowly putting them together like a big puzzle—as well as delay and distortion, I focus on the flute’s gritty sounds rather than its pretty ones.

Upon purchase, you can download a PDF that contains a Vimeo link to the show.

Photo by Isabel Fajardo

Julie Johnson is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Performance #5: "The Pequod" from This Middle Place
  • Performance #5: "The Pequod" from This Middle Place
  • Performance #5: "The Pequod" from This Middle Place
  • Performance #5: "The Pequod" from This Middle Place
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Created and performed by Julie Johnson on amplified flute and looping & effects pedals

Video editing by Tamara Ober: https://www.tamaraober.com/

In 2014, I used the work of four Minnesota artists and writers—Sean Hill (https://www.seanhillpoetry.com/), David Sollie, Cheri Johnson (https://cheribooksandmusic.com/home), and Patrick K. Pryor—in my show This Middle Place, which I premiered in Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music. Working from the outset with director/film designer D.J. Mendel (https://www.djmendel.org/), whose ideas about timing and presentation greatly influenced my composition process, I wrote new pieces that harmonized with works by the participating artists. I imagined “this middle place,” an image from Sean Hill’s poem “Bemidji in Spring,” as the space where two pieces come together, each offering its own distinct features to a kind of duet.

Patrick K. Pryor’s painting The Pequod—itself inspired by the doomed ship in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick—was a perfect fit. An example of Pryor’s highly refined expressionist idiom, the work has much in common with my multi-layered music. I like to stack different characters and colors with my looping pedals until they add up into a new entity, the way Pryor layers paint to create his final image. This is one of my “thickest” pieces; at one point, there are fifteen loops going on at once.

Upon purchase, you can download a PDF that contains a Vimeo link to the show.

Painting: The Pequod by Patrick K. Pryor: https://www.patrickpryor.com/

Julie Johnson is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Performance #6: "Red River Jig"
  • Performance #6: "Red River Jig"
  • Performance #6: "Red River Jig"
  • Performance #6: "Red River Jig"
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Created and performed by Julie Johnson on amplified flute and looping & effects pedals

Video editing by Tamara Ober: https://www.tamaraober.com/

“Métis” is a term at times loosely, at others strictly defined. Here, it is used to describe those of Native—both Canadian and American—and European descent who trace their roots to the Upper Midwest or Canada. A traditional Métis jig includes both European (French, Scotch, and/or Irish) and Native influences; it is up-tempo, lively, and made for dancing. “Red River Jig,” one of the most popular Métis fiddle tunes from the mid-to-late 1700s, includes a common feature of the genre: irregular beats intended to challenge the quickness of a dancer’s feet.

I first arranged this tune for flute, acoustic guitar, and mandolin. I included it on The Banks of The Little Auplaine (https://julieflute.net/album/1702175/the-banks-of-the-little-auplaine), the 2011 album I recorded with my folk/roots trio Julie Johnson & The No-Accounts. In this solo version, I accompany the non-effected flute sound with a plucked electric guitar effect I create with the distortion pedal.

Upon purchase, you can download a PDF that contains a Vimeo link to the show.

Photo by Christine Rooney: https://www.therusticfoodie.com/about-me/

Julie Johnson is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Looping in My Living Room: The Full Performance Series
  • Looping in My Living Room: The Full Performance Series
  • Looping in My Living Room: The Full Performance Series
  • Looping in My Living Room: The Full Performance Series
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Created and performed by Julie Johnson on amplified flute, bass flute, and looping & effects pedals

Video editing by Tamara Ober: https://www.tamaraober.com/

Watch all six performances in the series as one full-length show, as many times as you want!

Performance #1: “Opening & Suffocation” from Touch Code

Performance #2: “Arkan”: Fantasy on a Traditional Ukrainian Melody

Performance #3: “Slipping Back” from Standing on the Hollow

Performance #4: “It’s Your Fault” from Touch Code

Performance #5: “The Pequod” from This Middle Place

Performance #6: “Red River Jig”

Upon purchase, you can download a PDF that contains a Vimeo link to the show.

Photo by Jennifer Glaws

Julie Johnson is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Online Performances: "Now is the Time"

"Now is the Time:" Individual Viewing
  • "Now is the Time:" Individual Viewing
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"Now is the Time" Created & Performed By: Julie Johnson, Composer/Flutist & Tamara Ober, Dancer/Film Designer

"Now is the Time" was originally created as a live performance piece integrating music, dance and film. It has been consolidated into this film work and offers a beautiful and uplifting journey through the four seasons. Images from all over the state of Minnesota offer a sense of travel through space and time. The piece also reflects the seasons of the human heart and human nature: the way we change and grow, and how our feelings and reactions both reflect and are reflected in the cycles of nature.

Promo video: https://vimeo.com/442432111/d042814951

Upon purchase, you can download a PDF that contains a Vimeo link and password to the show.

Photo by Bob Stacke

Yellow dress in field dance video captured by D.J. Mendel

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"Now is the Time:" Gift Purchase
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"Now is the Time" Created & Performed By: Julie Johnson, Composer/Flutist & Tamara Ober, Dancer/Film Designer

"Now is the Time" was originally created as a live performance piece integrating music, dance and film. It has been consolidated into this film work and offers a beautiful and uplifting journey through the four seasons. Images from all over the state of Minnesota offer a sense of travel through space and time. The piece also reflects the seasons of the human heart and human nature: the way we change and grow, and how our feelings and reactions both reflect and are reflected in the cycles of nature.

Promo video: https://vimeo.com/442432111/d042814951

Photo by Bob Stacke

Yellow dress in field dance video captured by D.J. Mendel

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"Now is the Time:" Watch With a Group/Multiple Views
  • "Now is the Time:" Watch With a Group/Multiple Views
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"Now is the Time" Created & Performed By: Julie Johnson, Composer/Flutist & Tamara Ober, Dancer/Film Designer

"Now is the Time" was originally created as a live performance piece integrating music, dance and film. It has been consolidated into this film work and offers a beautiful and uplifting journey through the four seasons. Images from all over the state of Minnesota offer a sense of travel through space and time. The piece also reflects the seasons of the human heart and human nature: the way we change and grow, and how our feelings and reactions both reflect and are reflected in the cycles of nature.

We’ve created a version of the show specifically designed for those who are interested in viewing it multiple times or with a larger group. This version contains a personalized video introduction by both artists. To purchase this version, contact Julie here: https://julieflute.net/contact

Promo video: https://vimeo.com/442432111/d042814951

Photo by Bob Stacke

Yellow dress in field dance video captured by D.J. Mendel

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Music Albums

Now is the Time

Julie Johnson, Flutist & Composer

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Music from "Now is the Time:" Created & Performed by Julie Johnson on amplified flute, bass flute, & live looping pedals.

"Now is the Time" was originally created as a live performance piece in 2015 with dancer/film designer Tamara Ober. The show offers a beautiful and uplifting journey through the four seasons. Images from all over the state of Minnesota offer a sense of travel through space and time. The piece also reflects the seasons of the human heart and human nature: the way we change and grow, and how our feelings and reactions both reflect and are reflected in the cycles of nature.

Watch the full show online: https://julieflute.net/product/584791

Photo by Bob Stacke

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The Banks of The Little Auplaine

Julie Johnson & The No-Accounts

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The original songs and versions of traditional Upper Midwestern tunes on "The Banks of the Little Auplaine" (written or arranged primarily by Julie Johnson, but developed by the band) straddle a line between song and composition, popular and chamber music. Influenced by many artists, including Gillian Welch, Astor Piazzolla, Patty Griffin, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Bela Bartok, and Robert Johnson, the band has struggled to define the music they make. Thomas Mann in "The Magic Mountain" comes the closest, in his description of those pieces that “fell between the two categories” of “the lofty and conscious creation of individual artists” and “simple folk songs … in that they were products of an intellectual art, and at the same time sprang from all that was profoundest and most reverent in the feeling and genius of a people—artificial folk-songs, one might call them, if the word artificial need not be taken to cast a slur on the genuineness of their inspiration."

While the band started out playing the Delta blues tunes and traditional Southern standards that drew them to roots music—artists like Leadbelly, Howlin’ Wolf, and Skip James—here they focus on soulful music from the Upper Midwest. They hope to be a part of finding and interpreting their own region’s melodic, rhythmic, and thematic folk tradition and history.

Julie Johnson, Flute & Bass Flute; Doug Otto, Vocals & Guitar; Drew Druckrey, Vocals, Mandolin, & Resonator Guitar

Guest Artists: Rena Kraut, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet and Jacqueline Ultan, Cello

Cover art: "The Banks of The Little Auplaine" by T.J. Malaske

Liner notes by Cheri Johnson

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Matthew Zimmerman, Wild Sound Recording Studio, Minneapolis, MN

Dedicated to Delbert Friesner

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Arrest

Julie Johnson Flutist & Composer

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An album of art music based on folk and street music. You'll find an eclectic mix of influences--classical, jazz, blues, tango-- on this gorgeously orchestrated, lyrical yet funky album that features composers as varied as Leadbelly and Astor Piazzolla.

Julie Johnson, Flute; Jason Alfred, Piano; Jeff Lambert, Guitar; Jacqueline Ultan, Cello; Doug Otto, Vocals/Guitar; Drew Druckrey, Resonator Guitar; Patrick Harison McPeck, Accordion; Brian Roessler, Bass

Cover Art: "The Arrest" by Steve McClure

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Matthew Zimmerman, Wild Sound Recording Studio, Minneapolis, MN

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Root Aspect

J2J

Root Aspect is a four movement piece composed by cello/flute duo Jacqueline Ultan and Julie Johnson (J2J). Using modern extended techniques, effects pedals, and looping, the duo creates a dynamic and ethereal soundscape exploring each of the four natural elements: Air, Fire, Water, Earth. Available for purchase at: https://j2jmusic.com/download-music/

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