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Dax Johnson

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Dax Johnson, solo pianist/composer and inventor, has been wowing audiences in the solo piano world for the last 10 years. He has sold thousands of records and developed a devout following throughout the western United States. He is known as a neo classical composer, inventor, singer, and performer.

Dax his music finds its roots in artists as diverse as The Eels, Mark Cohn, Cat Stevens, Mazzi Star, and Pixies. It is then stamped with Dax’s innate drive to create something different and original. Traditional instruments like the piano, cello, and drums become instruments of experimentation and obscure tonality. Layering their natural acoustic sounds and his 4th Pedal invention (a method only Dax is known for), one can hear the voice of a harp mingled with a string section or hollow percussion sounds and the hum of a synthesizer pit against the impression that someone is reaching into the piano to pluck the strings. These richly textured arrangements leave space for Dax’s soulful baritone vocals and introspective lyrics to take precedence, giving the music a distinct character that is at once progressive and eerily undeniable.

His live set-up is also an aesthetic to behold. Using multimedia backdrops to set the mood, he plays two grand pianos at the same time, a cello player on top of one, and a drummer in between. On stage Dax is physically emotive and a dynamic performer, drawing in listeners at a mere glance. Combine this with the music and the result is an experience that is completely engaging and wholly entertaining.

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