Avishai Cohen
Double-bass

“The virtuosic bassist unleashed his unique fusion of folk, jazz and classical ... folksong simplicity, orchestral power, pop seductiveness and jazz ingenuity as the star danced with his bass within reach of the cheering, bopping crowd.” (The Guardian, February 2017) 

Contacts

Moema Parrott +44 (0)20 3725 9136
Tom McNeill +44 (0)20 3725 9111
Chiara Beebe +44 (0)20 3725 9136

Biography

In partnership with Polyarts

Over the past two decades, the bassist, singer, composer, innovator and jazz visionary, Avishai Cohen, has earned his reputation as one of the greatest bass players of his generation. A member of ‘Chick Corea’s New Trio’ and co-founder of the ‘Origin’ ensemble, jazz legend Avishai has gone on to release a series of albums on his label ‘RazDaz Recordz’ including most recently Seven SeasFrom Darkness and 1970. His compositions reflect an expansive musical universe and embrace a vital blend of traditions, cultures, languages and styles, from Hebrew and Ladino folk songs and jazz standards, to pulsating contemporary jazz; and recently Avishai has been creating and performing more music and arrangements associated with Western classical music. Now, following on from the hugely successful release of Almah (Warner/Parlophone, 2013), a unique project which combined Trio with a string quartet, Avishai now takes further steps into the future, with Trio and orchestra. It is the culmination of his musical journey, and bringing two worlds together – classical and jazz.

In partnership with Polyarts

Over the past two decades, the bassist, singer, composer, innovator and jazz visionary, Avishai Cohen, has earned his reputation as one of the greatest bass players of his generation. A member of ‘Chick Corea’s New Trio’ and co-founder of the ‘Origin’ ensemble, jazz legend Avishai has gone on to release a series of albums on his label ‘RazDaz Recordz’ including most recently Seven Seas, From Darkness and 1970. His compositions reflect an expansive musical universe and embrace a vital blend of traditions, cultures, languages and styles, from Hebrew and Ladino folk songs and jazz standards, to pulsating contemporary jazz; and recently Avishai has been creating and performing more music and arrangements associated with Western classical music. Now, following on from the hugely successful release of Almah (Warner/Parlophone, 2013), a unique project which combined Trio with a string quartet, Avishai now takes further steps into the future, with Trio and orchestra. It is the culmination of his musical journey, and bringing two worlds together – classical and jazz.

An Evening with Avishai Cohen features his dynamic core Trio of double bass, drums and piano, while the sophisticated, legitimate integration of symphony orchestra lends an added dimension to Cohen’s distinctive sound. Programmes include settings of Cohen’s own contemporary jazz and world music compositions, orchestrated traditional Hebrew and Ladino songs, and selected classical works, while the arrangements span set-ups for solo, trio and full orchestra. The result is an exhilarating musical experience, intimate yet high impact selling out some of the world’s most prestigious halls.

Premiered in Malmö with the Malmö Symfoniorkester in September 2015, Cohen has taken the project to Paris (Philharmonie de Paris), Lyon (Orchestre national de Lyon), Monaco (Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo), Musikverein (Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich), Wiener Konzerthaus (Brno Philharmonic Orchestra), Flagey and Ghent with the Brussels Philharmonic, London (Barbican, BBC Concert Orchestra), Lille (Orchestre National de Lille), Bordeaux (Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine), Philharmonie Luxembourg and many others.

Polyarts represents the project ‘An Evening with Avishai Cohen’ globally. 

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Contacts

Moema Parrott +44 (0)20 3725 9136
Tom McNeill +44 (0)20 3725 9111
Chiara Beebe +44 (0)20 3725 9136

Reviews

“It is not uncommon for a jazz musician to be a featured soloist with a symphony orchestra. But it was striking to witness 60 musicians all assembled to serve one acoustic bassist. Of course, in Cohen's hands, an acoustic bass becomes a fully articulate vehicle for expression…. He has something more jazz musicians could use: an instinct for showmanship. He is a natural diva. Even before he played a note, he responded to the orchestra when it began, his eyes closed, wincing, swaying to the music.” (AllAboutJazz, July 2017)

“The virtuosic bassist unleashed his unique fusion of folk, jazz and classical ... folksong simplicity, orchestral power, pop seductiveness and jazz ingenuity as the star danced with his bass within reach of the cheering, bopping crowd.” (The Guardian, February 2017) 

“The crowd are on their feet for an encore, and Cohen obliges with a bass solo on 'Seven Seas' that demonstrates how, in a world where many hip young musos are busy playing furious, offbeat ostinato grooves in impossible time signatures, Cohen is still the original and best. The crowd won't let him go, and he returns again and again and even offers to take requests.” (Jazz Wise Magazine on the Barbican performance, February 2017) 

“It is not uncommon for a jazz musician to be a featured soloist with a symphony orchestra. But it was striking to witness 60 musicians all assembled to serve one acoustic bassist. Of course, in Cohen's hands, an acoustic bass becomes a fully articulate vehicle for expression…. He has something more jazz musicians could use: an instinct for showmanship. He is a natural diva. Even before he played a note, he responded to the orchestra when it began, his eyes closed, wincing, swaying to the music.” (AllAboutJazz, July 2017)

“The virtuosic bassist unleashed his unique fusion of folk, jazz and classical ... folksong simplicity, orchestral power, pop seductiveness and jazz ingenuity as the star danced with his bass within reach of the cheering, bopping crowd.” (The Guardian, February 2017) 

“The crowd are on their feet for an encore, and Cohen obliges with a bass solo on 'Seven Seas' that demonstrates how, in a world where many hip young musos are busy playing furious, offbeat ostinato grooves in impossible time signatures, Cohen is still the original and best. The crowd won't let him go, and he returns again and again and even offers to take requests.” (Jazz Wise Magazine on the Barbican performance, February 2017) 

“A very special evening” (Lira Magazine on the Stockholm Jazz Festival performance)

“A wonderful evening filled with freedom and emotion.” (Rhein-Neckar Zeitung on the Heidelberg Classical Festival performance)