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Jonah Parzen-Johnson

  • Café Coda 1224 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Tone Madison presents a solo show from the sax-electronics hybridizer. Info/tix


Chicago native and currently NYC-based musician Jonah Parzen-Johnson arranges his baritone sax and synthesizers into warm and fiercely present compositions. His 2017 solo album I Try To Remember Where I Come From focuses on building strong and almost conversational melodic themes, using synths to texture and broaden the pieces but never in a way that distracts from the bright urgency of his baritone playing. He's willing to push his approach and challenge the audience, but also seems to value the connective power of a strong hook over heady abstraction. Parzen-Johnson's live sets work a bit more improvisation into the mix, all while deploying the sax and synth elements without a reliance on looping. He plays this Tone Madison-presented show ahead of the release of a new live record, Helsinki 8.12.18. (I believe he will have cassette copies in tow ahead of the June 7 digital release.) This release covers a whole new set of material, and documents the short but meaningful remarks Parzen-Johnson makes in between songs. Hear more from Parzen-Johnson in our recent interview for the Tone Madison podcast. Tickets are available online, and there is a discount for Tone Madison Sustainers. Café Coda's usual Thursday night programming, Night Of The Improviser, will kick off after Jonah's show. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: June 5
LunArt Festival 2019
Later Event: June 7
Isthmus Jazz Festival 2019