Max Johnk is a musician who lives and works in Fargo, North Dakota. A journeyman bassist with a broad tastes and professional experience, Max has enjoyed several ongoing musical associations in recent years, with artists such as Nik Gruber, Conor Lee, Jessica Vines, Pete James Johnson, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, Dan Brekke, Eric Martens, Tom Strait, Russ Peterson, Matthew Patnode, John DiFiore, Dave Ferreira, The Moving Parts, The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, and The Fargo-Moorhead Opera. Along with sideman work, Max performs regularly in the R&B band 6th Street Revue, and has pursued underground music in earnest with the indie rock band Wild Amphora, and the doom metal trio Benefactor.
As a composer, Max has recorded and performed his own music with two ongoing projects. Allweather, his long-running modern jazz ensemble, released an album in 2019, focusing on lyrical, grooving music in the mainstream tradition. Meanwhile, Division of Masters, which emerged from the Covid19 pandemic, traffics in experimental guitar music and free improvisation.
Max teaches bass lessons and ensembles at Amped School of Music in Fargo, and serves as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Minnesota State University Moorhead.
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