Tim Johnson - Pianist, Producer, and rock climbing coach

There's more to life than only making music.

Hey there, you've found my page. As you may know, I have a group called Gestalt, a progressive jazz group that also works on collaborative projects, like film and dance. The group also focuses mainly on a technique of two-handed cellular improvising I've been developing, which you can learn more about in the Breaking Down Series (for more of Gestalt, click the link in the menu at the top of this page). I write the music, run/organize the rehearsals, edit all of our videos, produce/publicize our shows/events, run our social media, keep track of album sales/shipping, and I handle everything else that comes with being a bandleader. But there are other sides to my music and life as well.

Deep down, I love to teach. I've taught music theory and aural skills at California Institute of the Arts, been a guest artist/lecturer at schools such as Cal State Fullerton, and have had private students for a long while. But, I also am a climbing coach at a super cool gym in Hollywood –– Hollywood Boulders. And regardless of subject, I take a lot of pride in teaching everyone try hard, set realistic and attainable goals,  and learn to deal with failure when a problem might be a bit too difficult for today. 

I also have a hobby of making youtube videos! They mostly talk about my music and how it's written, but I aim to avoid talking about harmony and music theory, but rather sound gestures and math of rhythm, so that musicians of all levels could get something out of it.

But back to my music.

Music for film, dance, installations and collaborative projects; I seek ways to integrate music and technology with forward-thinking techniques to create art that speaks to the masses. Using computer programming and music softwares combined with my experience in jazz, classical, and contemporary music, I love to create new works, installations, and immersive concerts that blur the lines of genre and métier. Music by Gestalt –– consisting of a ground-breaking progressive-jazz trio for film, music, and collaborative projects –– focuses on a technique of approaching cellular improvisation between two hands for pianists that I've developed. Currently, I'm scoring Gestalt's first 90-minute film, under the company "Music by Gestalt." I've performed for the American Contemporary Ballet concert series between 2012-2016, was a featured guest artist at California State University Fullerton’s choral summer camp in 2012, and again in 2019 with Gestalt, received the CalArts Interdisciplinary grant in 2017, and received the 2018 HEAR NOW award for electroacoustic composition.

So below are some projects of mine that you likely haven't heard of. Check 'em out, there are some remarkable collaborators of each of them. And, shoot me an email with any questions, thoughts, or even just to say hi!


Oh! And I have a super cool newsletter! I only find time to write it once every 1-2 months, so it won't clutter up your inbox. I use it to document my progress as I continue to build my music career, both of my own and with Gestalt. It's really the best way to stay up to date with my/Gestalt's projects, and it's always a good read! After all, being a musician means to be a musical entrepreneur, so maybe you musicians out there might get something out of it!

Cheers, and thanks for stopping by. Now go support an artist, be it via Gestalt's Patreon or someone else. Art matters. 



Music for dance

performative installation