An Evening with Avishai Cohen

A new project combining the ‘Avishai Cohen Trio’ - double bass, drums and piano - with a sophisticated orchestral dimension.

Contacts

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

Overview

In partnership with Polyarts

“One of the most accomplished virtuosi of the double bass in any form of music” (The Observer) and "a born entertainer" (The Guardian), Avishai Cohen offers a new project which combines his ‘Avishai Cohen Trio’ (double bass, drums and piano) with a sophisticated orchestral dimension. 

The programme includes 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. Orchestrations are by New York’s Grammy Award-winning Robert Sadin - who has worked closely with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Sting and whose work has been performed by some of the world’s top orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras - while arrangements are by Sadin and Cohen.

In partnership with Polyarts

“One of the most accomplished virtuosi of the double bass in any form of music” (The Observer) and “a born entertainer” (The Guardian), Avishai Cohen offers a new project which combines his ‘Avishai Cohen Trio’ (double bass, drums and piano) with a sophisticated orchestral dimension. 

The programme includes 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. Orchestrations are by New York’s Grammy Award-winning Robert Sadin - who has worked closely with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Sting and whose work has been performed by some of the world’s top orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras - while arrangements are by Sadin and Cohen.

Premiered in Malmö with the Malmö Symfoniorkester in September 2015, Cohen also brings 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) and Flagey and Ghent with the Brussels Philharmonic.

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Contacts

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

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)