On April 17th, the Oldenburg Academy Orchestra hosted composer Darryl Johnson.
Darryl Johnson II (b. 1984) is a native of Southern California. An early interest in music led him to study several instruments as well as music theory, composition, and orchestration. A lengthy background in music transcription and arranging has fostered a growing interest in diverse musical styles, yielding a fresh, personal style that comprises a patchwork of music old, new, popular, and traditional.
Today, his primary interests involve bringing new music to performing groups that strikes the delicate but crucial balance between music that is beneficial and fulfilling to musicians, but still accessible to listeners. You can learn more about Darryl and his work at his website, http://darryl2.com/.
Darryl composed a piece for the OA Orchestra called "Madison Park," which will debut at the music department's April 26 concert. "Madison Park" is a mix of jazz and rock styles. Darryl spent April 17th at Oldenburg, working through his piece with students.