Over the past two decades, bassist, singer, composer, Jazz visionary and innovator, Avishai Cohen, has earned his reputation as one of the greatest bass players of his generation. His original compositions and arrangements reflect an expansive musical universe and embrace a vital blend of traditions, cultures, languages and styles, from Hebrew, Ladino folk songs alongside pulsating original contemporary jazz.
Following on from the hugely successful release of ‘Almah’ (Warner/Parlophone, 2013), a unique project which combined Trio with a string quartet, Avishai in recent years has taken further steps into the future, with Trio and Full Orchestra. It is the culmination of his musical journey, 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 - Ladino songs, and 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.
“With a symphony orchestra around him, his flair for the dramatic finds its ideal aesthetic environment.”
All About Jazz
Photo Credit: Andreas Terlaak