By Adriana Carcu
“Bassist Avishai Cohen, the undisputed star of the festival…”
“Avishai Cohen Trio came, saw and conquered like a summer storm that leaves you fresh and energized—except their show lasted a lot longer than that. As if determined to heighten the mood of the gloomy afternoon, Cohen gradually played himself warm, transporting the audience into a euphoria of rhythm and musicality. A master of his instrument, combining melodious, resonating chords with spectacular bouts of percussion, Cohen—together with his young but versatile band of pianist (Omri Mor and drummer Amir Bresler—performed a good two-hour show in which the audience played an ever-increasing part. During the eight encores, which made up the more spectacular and passionate second half of the show, music became a unifying factor flowing out to the dancing and singing audience and returning to the stage with intensified energy. A memorable show by a stunning musician who was having a great time was summed up by the words: “You are the best audience I ever had!”
The evening was closed by the Polish band Jazzpospolita, with a quaint performance, a fusion of post-rock and modern jazz elements with solid classical influences.