Avishai Cohen Trio

(photo: Didier-Péron-Photography)

Line Up

  • Avishai Cohen - bass, vocals
  • Elchin Shirinov - piano
  • Noam David - drums

Over the last two decades International acclaimed bassist, singer, composer and leader 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 grown extensively throughout the world. Now with his famed trio formation, he brings fresh original compositions and arrangements to the stage, as well as performing many audience favourites from his past recordings and live shows.

Accompanying him on stage is a new talent, pianist and composer Elchin Shirinov from Azerbaijan, who has been inspired since an early age by great musicians and who always knew he wanted to become a jazz musician – pianist.

Avishai is also joined by an old school friend, the creative and distinctive Noam David, a drummer and composer whose rich style and complex polyrhythmic sounds have contributed greatly to the ever-growing music scene in Israel and has accompanied Avishai for many years in the music.

“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 and Noam David performing live in Marciac
  • Elchin Shirinov, Avishai Cohen, Noam David performing live in Marciac
  • Noam David playing drums
  • Avishai Cohen playing bass
Photography by: Håkan Sjölander Laurent Sabathé

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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