Written by Maria Corley 2018
Philadelphia-based composer and multi-instrumentalist David Cohen is a cancer survivor who exemplifies the phrase “beauty for ashes.” While he never suffered from the disease himself, he watched his beloved wife, Tatyana, die of ovarian cancer, a process that nearly stripped him of his will to make music. While she was alive, he became an active advocate for patient-centered care, a role he continues today. After her death, he recorded a farewell to his life as a musician, which won an unprecedented award.
In the end, David never gave up music; the passion was too great, and, as he notes, his wife would never have wanted that. Instead, he takes his guitar into hospitals, playing for and talking with “amazing people.” He also took his guitar to the U.K, where he set up a tour that included a stop at the famed Troubadour in London, launching pad for storied artists like his idol and inspiration, Joan Armatrading.
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In the middle of August 2016 I embarked on my first tour of Ireland and the UK. Ireland was spent performing on the bagpipes while touring with the Pipes and Drums of the Jersey Shore Shillelagh’s. The band had the honor of performing at the Rose of Tralee Festival in Tralee, Ireland along with a few other gigs.
We ended in Dublin, from Dublin I went on to Scotland where I studied bagpiping for a few days at the Piping Center in Glasgow then onto Edinburgh for the Military Tattoo and solo guitar recital at St. Giles Cathedral located on the Royal Mile. My musical intro to Edinburgh was a pop up concert at a local coffee house the day before the cathedral gig. After the recital it was straight to the Edinburgh Airport for my flight to London for gigs in Sandwich and London.
The first stop was Sandwich where I was given the opportunity to record at St.Peters Church which dates back to the 13th century. Amazing place how sweet the sound! My gig that brought me to Sandwich was in a pub called Hop and Huffkin’s. I was part of their Tuesday night acoustic sessions. On my day off I was taking a bus to Canterbury where I ran into a couple reading an article about me in the local arts magazine. They were the only others that went to the top of the double decker bus.
My last gig was at The Troubadour on Old Brompton Street in London. Joan Armatrading, Hendrix and Zeppelin all got their start there. Chaos Theory live was met with enthusiasm and many bought the CD. At the Troubadour I opened for a band called ALBA; they are a band to keep an eye on.
Chaos Theory is easy to obtain by clicking on this link: Chaos Theory or this one Chaos Theory (check out the great review on this one). It’s also available on iTunes.
Chaos Theory is my 2nd studio recording of original pieces. The compositions are purely me living in my world of rhythm and melody. The music was composed between July 2014 and December 2015; each peice written for and on an Ovation classical guitar. The guitar used in the Chaos Theory recording is an Ovation classical cutaway, model 1773AX.
Signals by David Cohen from Chaos Theory
Chaos Theory is six stories. Each story is rooted an individual’s fight for health and security. In the piece that closes the recording, A long Memory of Kindness, my inspiration behind the piece came from a brief period of time with a person that lost the ability of movement from the neck down. Slowly minor movement was visible in one arm. When it was time to move on in the continuum of care the person told me that the goal was to write a letter to say thank you. The person went on to say, “I have a long memory of kindness. When I can, I want to write everyone who has helped me to thank them. People have been so kind.”
A long Memory of Kindness was written to close out Chaos Theory presenting the most fundamental premise; kindness.
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