Salvador Dali with dreamscape emerging from top of head

Performance: Music and Art with Fred Johnson

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April 6, 2023 @ 6:00pm 7:00pm

In conjunction with our special exhibition The Shape of Dreams, join Fred Johnson for a special performance of song and painting, where Johnson will outwardly manifest the melodies that move through him, as they move on to the canvas. Join us to experience spontaneous song that becomes imagery in the moment…. Like a dream melodically and visually realized.

Fred Johnson has always been inwardly excited and guided by the shapes, forms and textures that dance and move within him as he makes music. Travelling the world performing, these inward visualizations have always been a part of his inspiration as an artist. In the past 6 years he has merged this melodic journey with his love for the surrender and wonder he feels while creating abstract art. He found in this coming together of these two worlds, a powerful sense of creative oneness.

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Will Raymund Theater
Tickets: $5 for Museum members | $10 for non-members

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An image of Fred Johnson

Frederick Alan Robert Johnson
Spiritual Elder, Vocal Performer, Director, Author, Arts Educator, Painter

The fact that Frederick Johnson has opened for both Aretha Franklin and Dr. Deepak Chopra points to his versatility as an artist. An acclaimed jazz vocalist, author and arts educator, Fred is a graduate of the National Academy of the Performing Arts as well as the Master Performers School of the National Mime Theater. He has opened for or recorded and toured worldwide with jazz and R& B legends Ramsey Lewis, Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins, Christian McBride, Richard Elliot, George Benson, Boney James, Joe Zawinul, Ottmar Liebert, David Sanborn, B. B. King, Patti LaBelle, Herbie Mann, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley and Miles Davis.

He is recognized globally for his work in the health and wellness community as well as his extensive work in international Interfaith peace and reconciliation. He served as Deputy Executive Director of Intersections International, The Multi-faith, Multi-cultural fifth ministry of The Collegiate Church of New York for seven years and led their ministry that specifically addressed challenges in faith communities around the issues of bias, exclusion and cultural conflict.

Mentored by spiritual masters of the African oral and percussion legacy, Fred has been hailed as one of the true guardians of an oral tradition transplanted and nurtured to create a fusion of cultural heritage that is uniquely American and inherently African. His global presentations of “Jazz, it’s Roots and Branches” has served to inform and inspire audiences around the world to recognize and celebrate a creative global tapestry set by the first woven thread sown from the artistic richness of Africa.

 His fifty years of experience as a spiritual convener, artist, arts administrator and educator has uniquely equipped him to be poised to both create structure and artistically inspire. Fred currently serves as Artist in Residence, Community Engagement/Diversity and Equity Specialist and Director of the Arts and Health initiative at The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida. He was the first artist to perform at the Straz Center when it opened in 1987 and served as the Vice President of Education and Humanities from 1996 to 2005. He welcomes his return to Tampa Bay after 15 years of international travel and the opportunity to again add to the richness of the arts legacy of The Performing Arts Center and the Tampa cultural community.