‘An Evening with Avishai Cohen’
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. 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.