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David Johnson

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David Johnson

David Johnson is marimba player, percussionist and composer. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was a member of the historic Blackearth Percussion Group and occasionally works in the Los Angeles film scoring industry. He performs and records regularly with the chamber group XTET, PARTCH, the Lian Ensemble, Dark Wing and the Kim Richmond Jazz Orchestra. He has collaborated with a diverse group of composers from Pierre Boulez, Peter Maxwell Davies and John Zorn to Steve Reich, Lou Harrison and Vinny Golia.  

He has composed music for theater, dance, and PBS documentaries. His marimba and vibraphone music is played around the world. He teaches percussion and musicianship skills at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.



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Murray Houllif was presented with the Distinguished Music Leadership Award for excellence in percussion education by the New Jersey Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble, Dr. Kenneth Piascik, director, on May 3, 2015.  The ensemble performed Mr. Houllif's Percussive Arts Society prize-winning composition, "Three Movements for Multi-Percussionist and Percussion Quartet" (