Avishai Cohen to Perform at Winningstad Theatre at Portland Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 23rd

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Bassist/Composer Avishai Cohen – Aurora

Saturday, October 23rd, 7:30 PM

Winningstad Theater at
Portland Center for the Performing Arts

Avishai Cohen – Bass
Shai Maestro – Piano
Amos Hoffman – Oud and Guitar
Karen Malka – Vocals
Itamar Doari – Percussion

“He [Cohen] succeeded in doing the unbelievable, introducing sophisticated and complex jazz into the mainstream, without compromising the quality of the music. Not just as a top class musician with an amazing group, but also as a composer……… he has brought jazz and ethnic music to a much wider audience – and for that, he deserves all of credit.”
- Yoav Kutner – “The Expert’s Opinion,”  Israel Today Weekend Supplement, 5/3/2010

Avishai Cohen

PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by U.S. Bank, announces the debut appearance of bassist/composer Avishai Cohen. The Tel Aviv-based, Blue Note (EMI-France) recording artist is set to perform at the Winningstad Theater on Saturday, October 23rd at 7:30pm. Cohen will make his Portland area debut as a leader in support of his latest project, Aurora.

Aurora represents a certain essence of expression, as Cohen uses voice as a direct and powerful vehicle for his emotions. Singing in Hebrew, English, Spanish and Ladino, the music intersects at the crossroads of many cultures, Arab-Andalusian and Hebraic. It tells the story of desert Bedouins and speaks of life, love, youth and freedom.

“Cohen is a  jazz visionary of global proportions,” proclaimed DownBeat Magazine and the cosmopolitan bassist was honored by Bass Player Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Bass Players of the 20th Century. Cohen who came to prominence as a pivotal member of Chick Corea’s trio and Origin ensembles, has gone on to become an influential double bassist and profound composer. As a visionary bandleader, he is following in the footsteps of Charles Mingus, Dave Holland, Jaco Pastorius, Ray Brown, Charlie Haden, Stanley Clarke, and even Sting.

Click here to watch Avishai Cohen’s EPK for his latest recording, Aurora.

Winningstad Theater at
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
Web: http://www.pcpa.com

*Note: Limited seating is available for this event.
Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com
or in person at the PCPA box office.

For more information on Avishai Cohen, please visit http://www.avishaicohen.com.

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