Leonie Cohen is undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest composers and jazz pianists. Her career spans more than 20 years across jazz, classical and contemporary music, plus cabaret, theatre and film.
Now, Cohen and her quintet are taking her intimate, uplifting show Being to Brooklyn, New York.
Described as a “powerful and inspiring night of supremely beautiful Jewish jazz, and so much more”, Being is full of Jewish neshamah and ruach – soul and spirit – featuring Cohen’s unique and original music which blends jazz, classical, klezmer, and ancient and modern Jewish song.
Being is a celebration of self and identity, diversity and inclusion.
Cohen’s compositions dive into the depths of human emotion, immersing audiences in a journey that traverses the realms of introspection and exultation, celebrating the transformative power of equality and openness.
With a profound appreciation of the significance of family and community, her music honours these bonds while infusing her performances with a sense of shared humanity and interconnectedness.
Being draws from Cohen’s complete body of work. This includes some works that were commissioned by the ABC, including Jerusalem, which was composed as a celebration of and tribute to Jewish music and culture.
Being also includes some compositions from Page Suite which was scored for the Australian production of The Diary of Anne Frank.
The Leonie Cohen Quintet features Cohen, Lisa Parrott on saxophone, Barry Kornhauser on cello, Adam Armstrong on bass and Eric Halvorson on drums, and was described by The Sydney Morning Herald as a “contemporary jazz ensemble of the highest order”.
Being will be presented at the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn, which is dedicated to presenting music, performance and works of art that engage the issues of our time.
The concert will be streamed live so all of Cohen’s fans around the world can tune in to what is sure to be a sublime performance.
Being will be streamed at 10am on Friday, September 29. To book, visit soapboxgallery.org/events/being-leonie-cohen-quintet