Avishai Cohen Trio

(photo: Sebastian Wołosz)

Line Up

  • Avishai Cohen - bass, vocals
  • Elchin Shirinov - piano
  • Roni Kaspi - drums

Concert Dates 2020/2021

Over the last two decadesInternationallyacclaimed bassist, singer, composer Avishai Cohen,has earned his reputation as one of the world’s greatest bassists. It is however as a composer that his musical statement has grownextensively throughoutthe world, attracting large live audiences, listeners and passionate fans.

Avishai will be back on stage after more than a half year of non-touring due to the Covid19 pandemic worldwide. ‘I have missed so much the stage, my fans, and touringin general. I am so thrilled to perform during this exceptional time for all of us.It will be an emotional return for me after a difficult time for everybody and I will be happy to performlive music with my fansin safe environmentsand conditions; music heals .’

Avishai with this new trio lineup, will be presentinghis latest album ‘ Arvoles ‘and other music from his vast music library with partners ,pianist and composerElchinShirinov from Azerbaijan, who has been inspired since an early age by great musicians,whoalways knew he wanted to be become a jazz musician. Elchin, a stable piano chair for the past few years, will feature strongly on Avishai’s new orchestra album scheduled for spring 2021.

Avishai isdelighted to introduce for thefirst timedrummerRoni Kaspi, born July 2000 in Israel, who has been playing the drums since the age of 7. Roni is currently majoring in Performance and Electronic Production & Designat Berklee College of Music, USA, with professors Terri Lyne Carrington and Billy Killson.When lectures went online due to Covid-19, Roni returned to Israel. During lockdown shemet with Avishai Cohen virtually performing with him on Facebook ,which instantly developed into a strong musical connection, resulting in Roni joining Avishai on tourin September 2020.

Expect high emotions and wonderful interaction between the trio and the fans.

‘Arvoles’which means ‘Trees’ in Ladino ( the ancient language spoken by the Sephardic people of the diaspora) was released last year on Cohen own established indie label RazDaz Recordz. Cohen’s 17thalbum as leaderis clearly identified with Avishai own unique DNA and heartbeat

“The stage is undoubtedly a place where Cohen feels at home, so much so that attending one of his live performances is probably the best way to get acquainted with his music universal.”

“An extremely unique and established musician in the Jazz world, with a huge international profile. His constant innovation and works, combined with his vast musical knowledge and unique compositions continue to excite and inspire all types of audience, blurring the lines and breaking down barriers between genres, bringing his musical innovation to the wider public.”

“Concerts like this are unique and unrepeatable, and as such a privilege for the lucky ones present”

  • Elchin Shirinov playing piano
  • Avishai Cohen playing bass
Photography by: Laurent Sabathé Petra Hajska

Press Quotes

  • 'The intricacy of Cohen’s compositions … gives a depth for the listener to wallow in. It is impossible to miss the skill and dexterity both as a musician and as a writer of music.'

    Kind of Jazz ( )
  • 'Avishai Cohen demonstrates his immense creativity.'

    Kind of Jazz ( )
  • '...create joyful, dynamic and engaging music this energy is released every time in the execution of themes[...] Four-stringed solos immediately receive a thunderous miasma of applause which is constantly received[...]'

    Tuttorock (Italy )
  • 'Avishai Cohen is - and this is becoming clearer to me and all around , as the concert goes on - One of the best bassists available. Again and again he snatches the contrabass new timbres and moods, to the moments when one believes the instrument begins to talk Yes, even different languages are believed to be heard, while Cohen plays his instrument intimately embracing. Effortlessly, the composer and his colleagues jump back and forth between different tempos, styles and dynamics within a composition.'

    rbb|24 (Germany )
  • 'Cohen knows how to give depth to the proven combination of Israeli folk music and jazz. A number of compositions are based on a catchy melody, beautifully colored with bass, drum, piano, trombone and flute. As if the musicians were on a leash in these pieces, they break out into others and give free rein to their incredible virtuosity. Cohen always had a patent on amazing pianists in his band. Now he has found another overwhelming good one in the Azerbaijan Elchin Shirinov. That brings fantastic subtle variations even in the highest gear. What a record, what a band!'

    Trouw (Netherlands )
  • 'From the moment the Israeli jazz bassist Avishai Cohen enters the stage, you can feel an infinite amount of energy, silence and unique dynamics. Everything is at the same time, enhanced by a smile. There are sparks coming out of the sound. You can see them!'

    Hannoversche Allgemeine (Germany )
  • 'Concerts like this are unique and unrepeatable, and as such a privilege for the lucky ones present '

    Intro (Portugal )
  • 'Seldom has one heard such an intensive concert sprinkling all genre borders like this …a master of integration.'

    Rhein Main Presse (Germany )
  • 'Bassist and composer, Avishai Cohen is back and he couldn’t be any better'

    Hassina Mechaï, Toute Le Culture (France )
  • 'Avishai Cohen’s playing is as remarkable for its melodic audacity as its technical prowess.'

    l’Alsace (France )
  • 'It’s a unique and captivating blend.'

    The Guardian, Observer (UK )
  • 'The Israeli bassist has become a real jazz star, and this is clear from the over-crowded concert room. […] Avishai does something extra, besides dexterous patterns, he also looks at the space and mixes this with classical influences where he bows, instead of plucking. No doubt this concert was the highlight of the festival!'

    Jazzism (Holland )
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