World’s famous bassist, Avishai Cohen is coming to Brussels and will play in Ancienne Belgique on November 21st! Avishai is multi-faceted artist – a double-bassist-composer-vocalist and his recent stellar performances at the world’s major venues show that Cohen is at the peak of his creative powers. Those who have followed his career in the past fifteen years or so will know that his musical references reach far and wide, moving seamlessly from classical to jazz and traditional songs. Cohen plays and sings magnificently, and often gives vent to his love of melody as well as the art of improvisation.
WeLoveBrussels team had a chance to listen renowned Israeli artist live in Bozar two years ago (Dec 2015) and were really impressed with the amazing energy and atmosphere that Cohen created together with the audience. Cohen’s new music project is somewhat different – album 1970 highlights the more accessible side of his talent without compromising his artistic integrity. “It’s not a jazz record,” he explains. “I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always had a connection to pop. I like pop as much as I like Bach and Charlie Parker. Singing has become very serious in my life over time. I’ve been asked by many people, when is the vocal album gonna come? Well, this is it, right here.”
Avishai Cohen͛s latest touring project conveys the spirit of his new album “1970” with Sony Music, Masterworks (October 2017), and is arguably the most personal recording that Cohen has made thus far in his illustrious career. Avishai introduces keyboards to generate a more groovy sound, and leads the band on his familiar and faithful partner, his bass and vocals. Here’s one of our favorite songs from the new album so far – Song of Hope.
Avishai will be joined by an exceptionally talented group of musicians who are not known as “jazz musicians”, among them is the worldly percussionist Itamar Doari – a regular member of his trio, Yael Shapira on cello – who was part of his “Almah” string quartet and Karen Malka with her beautifully rich vocals, who featured on Avishai’s albums, “Aurora” and “Seven Seas”. Adding to the mix on stage, Avishai introduces Elyasaf Bishari on oud, bass guitar and vocals, Jonatan Daskal on the keys, and Tal Kohavi on drums. The show will surely include Avishai’s personal stamp on one of the most timeless of gospel anthems “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child”. This new music reveals thus yet more layers of the artist’s personality as he broaches familiar and unfamiliar territory both in terms of material and arrangements.
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Head photo credit: Andreas Terlaak