David Cohen Guitar Philadelphia

Chaos Theory by David Cohen

david cohen guitar chaos theoryChaos 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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Jason Vieaux Sunday, October 18th, Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Sunday October 18, 2015
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jason Vieaux “makes the single guitar seem like a body of instruments at work, an orchestra of sound” (Philadelphia Inquirer). In five previous PCMS engagements, he has demonstrated stirringly virtuosic playing, uncommon communicative gifts and strikingly imaginative programming. Ranging from Bach to bossa nova, his Sunday afternoon return to the Art Museum traverses five centuries of music from three continents.

Giuliani: Grande Overture
Bach: Suite in E Minor, BWV 996
Albéniz: Capricho Catalan and Torre Bermeja
SesslerRhapsody and Afterglow
Henze: Drei Tentos from Kammermusik
Jobim: A Felicidade (Arr.)
Ellington: In A Sentimental Mood
Bustamante: Misionera (w/ P. Metheny intro)

TICKETS: https://www.pcmsconcerts.org/cart

David Cohen’s 2011 interview w/Jason Vieaux

Online realtime guitar concert-May 8, 2015

Friday May 8, 2015
7:15pm-7:45pm
Watch on Stageit.com

Classical & flamenco guitarist David Cohen performs a set of music on May 8th in conjunction with World Ovarian Caner Day. Money raised from the online concert is donated to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. This years concert is the 3rd concert in this yearly event.

Know the symptom of ovarian cancer:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

Harrisburg gig, piping at Niagara Falls and the Philly Hot list

Saturday July 26, 2014 I will be blasting tunes flamenco style, pipa style and baggpipe style in  classical David Cohen Fashion at Midtown Scholar 1302 North Third Street in Harrisburg, PA. I will play from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Admission is free but if you buy my CD DAVID COHEN: GUITAR that will be available at the gig as well as on line it would be really cool. All the compositions are original. The music Saturday night will be mostly original with a few traditional pieces mixed in.

The Midtown Scholar was a great discovery one day while in Harrisburg. It’s says a lot about a venues commitment to the arts and community when they bring in artists who do not follow the standard music formats that generate the income that venues need to survive. I have found such venues in New Jersey, New York and now Harrisburg. I want to add Philadelphia to the list.

On July 13, 2014 on a trip to Niagara Falls I took my pipes to play at the base of falls on the New York side.

Lastly, I have been nominated in the Philly Hot List Contest in the category for best wedding entertainment. I am up against many big bands. Please help out and cast a vote for me LINK TO VOTE. Thank you!

Niagara Photos

 

John Bogan of Point Pleasant, New Jersey 1st place winner in GFA’s 2014 competition

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Congratulations to John Bogan of Point Pleasant, New Jersey in winning 1st place in this years Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition Senior Division ages 15-18. John’s placement in first position earns him $1,000 lots of guitar strings and a full paid scholarship and airfare to Montana’s Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival.

John has studied with David Cohen (this sites creator) and Keith Calmes of Wall, NJ. John is currently a student at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of David Starobin. In 2011 John entered his first competition in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society’s Annual Guitar Competition taking home 1st place  in his division. In the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America Competition John preformed  Prelude #2 -Villa-Lobos  and Think Fast and Open Up Your Ears- Bryan Johanson for the 1st round and the 2nd round performed Sevilla, Albeniz, Open Up Your Ears-Johanson and Minuetto from Opus 31- Matiegka.

Follow John Bogan

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Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgKkz-w8dFavNzzfnN4ql-Q

 

Sanders Bohlke Prince Music Theater May 10, 2014

Saturday May 10, 2014
Prince Music Theater
1412 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA,
Lineup:
Justin Nozuka, Sanders Bohlke & Megan Bonnell
Tickets: https://princemusictheater.ticketphiladelphia.org/Cart/Cart.aspx?perf_no=22290#PageSeating

Artist website: www.sandersbohlke.com

Sanders releases his new album Ghost Boy on February 19, 2013 via Communicating Vessels, one of the new crop of cutting edge Southern record labels, based out of Birmingham, Alabama with Jeffrey Cain (of Remy Zero) at the helm.

Lead single “Ghost Boy” is arguably Bohlke’s most infectious melody and fully realized flirtation with pop music, and could easily hold its own with the biggest indie singles of the last few years. On this new record, Sanders continues his evolution as a songwriter with lush soundscapes that layer brooding and billowy textures against his soulful voice. Recorded with Jeffrey Cain, they’ve perfected a sonic world that deftly highlights both the beauty and the dark romance of Bohlke’s songs.

 

David Cohen: Since the last time we spoke your CD  Ghost Boy has taken off and you’re on the road a lot.

Sanders Bohlke: Yes, it’s a little later than when I wanted. Its great I’ll take it.

David: It shows that Ghost Boy it’s a timeless recording.

Sanders: That’s a good point! I just started this wing of the tour. It’s shorter than last years. It should be fun.

David: It’s shorter but there’s more distance between gigs.  Are they driven or flown?

Sanders: A significant portion is driven but I will be flying to the Toronto show on May 6th.

David: I’ll ask you this now and then again in a few years when you’re filling big halls. Can you sense changes in yourself from the success you’re having?

Sanders: No, I don’t ever consider myself like that. I think its great that I’m getting more traction but hey, I’m just a dude and I play my guitar. I have a lot people around me to make sure I don’t think about it other than what it is. The thing is I’m not a headliner, I am very grateful when people come. I’m playing to win an audience.

David: With your new popularity do you feel a pressure in your creativity to satisfy your fans?

Sanders: I always feel that. I always feel I have fans that like me for a reason. I also think they understand I need to grow as an artist. There have been bands I like where I don’t like their new stuff. For instance Arcade Fire, I love them but don’t like the new CD but I still like them and I can’t wait for their next stuff. I don’t hold it against them and there are a lot of people who love the new stuff.   I hope people with will feel that way about my music too. I took that risk with Ghost boy. If you listen to my fist CD you’ll think it’s two different artists. For the next one it’s going to be different. I’m going to drift a little bit into another direction. I hope they understand that’s where I have to go that’s where it’s going to go. Beck is one of the most famous artists out there, Radiohead chose to do electronics, and people went with them. I’m not scared about creative decisions.

David: Does that mean it won’t be seven years between releases? Is there something in the horizon?

Sanders: It won’t be seven years I can guarantee that. I’m currently working on the next one. It won’t even be two years. The process of it coming out is out of my hands at some point.

David: Will Jeffrey Cain produce the next recording?

Sanders: Kind of. Some of it is unknown right now. I’m using a lot of different people. I’m recording a lot on my own. I’m recording a lot at my house. Some of it might stay some of it might get cut.

David: What new gear are you using?

Sanders: I just got the Ableton program; I’m diving into that.

David: Is the electronic nature of Ableton an indication of where your music is going?

Sanders: Maybe a little bit. I’m not making an electronic album. I’m getting more experimental with instrumentation. It’s not going to change who I am or the music I make. It helps me make beats a little different. I don’t think I’m going to lose anybody.

David: Any new instruments?

Sanders: No new gear as far as guitars go. I’m still rocking the Peavey. We’ve had problems with it on this tour, my manager suggest getting a new one. I can’t get rid of my baby. I love that guitar!

I haven’t been playing a lot of guitar. I’m not giving it up but in this project I was only getting to a certain places on the guitar so I am playing a lot of drum machine to incorporate different soundscapes into the palate. I’ve been playing a lot of piano, synth, beat making. I’m not going to abandon guitar. I have gotten a Boss VE-20 vocal processor, it’s cool it opens a lot of things and changes your head space a little bit when you’re writing. In concert it opens a lot of harmonies.

David: Do you have practice time?

Sanders: I don’t practice like I want to would like to. I would like to be better at guitar, drums and piano. The time I spent writing is the time I spend playing. That’s been my only regret in my career. Nobody will hire me for anything on sessions. The way I come up with things is a very elementary style of playing. I’m more inventive on guitar my main instrument but I’m not a great guitar player by any means. In some ways it’s good not being able to play really well. It’s more creatively challenging to play this way because it’s a more creative to play. In some ways I can’t tell if I’m lazy in not wanting to know how to play because I can keep that child-like approach to the instrument. With Ableton and Pro Tools I will take the time to learn the programs. Even with the drum machine I take the time to learn.

David: How will your new material translate to stage?

Sanders: I don’t know I might have to hire a band. With the looping I do I can handle certain things, I might not be able to go out and solo I might have to take one or two people. I don’t like thinking about that. I want to get it down first and then think about it.

David: Your last show in Philadelphia was at the Union Transfer opening for Rachel Yamagata. On May 10th you will be at the Prince Music Theatre opening for Justin Nozuka, will you incorporate any of your new material into this show?

Sanders: I will probably play the same set.

David: That is fine by me. When we spoke the first time I asked about how the music on Ghost Boy transferred on stage as a solo act. It was seeing you live that really solidified how great the music is and your talent.

Does your record company give you total artistic freedom?

Sanders: Yes they do! It is nice knowing that they have total confidence in what I do.

 

 

Sanders Bohlke 2013 interview with David Cohen

World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day Concert: David Cohen Guitar

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Thursday May 8th 2014
7:30 PM 45 minute set
Stageit.com
https://www.stageit.com/david_cohen/ovarian_cancer_awareness_concert/34775
$5.00 donation -Reserve an online seat 

 

In conjunction with World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day Classical & Flamenco Guitarist David Cohen of Philadelphia will play a 45-minute set raising funds for The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and the Friends of Fox Chase Cancer Center.

In 2011 David lost his wife Tanya to ovarian cancer after a two-year battle. Since the loss of his wife David has dedicated himself to ovarian cancer awareness and advocacy for patient care. David works with both Fox Chase Cancer Center and The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania in developing their Patient and Family Centered Care practices.

The concert will be available through the online in real-time concert venue Stageit.com. Admission is by donation in kind. All of the money raised will be donated to both organizations except for the small broadcasting fee.  The Philadelphia OrchestraBalletX and Whole Foods have generously donated items that will be available during the concert that will help raise funds.

In support of this event David will have technical assistance running the program from Local Arts Live in Philadelphia. The program will be broadcast from his dining room. The Friends of Fox Chase Cancer Center is a group of staff members that volunteer their time to assist with he needs of patients by purchasing items that patients may need to help keep their quality of life while hospitalized. They also assist in the education of the needs of cancer patients.

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocacy organization for women with ovarian cancer. They represent tens of thousands of women with ovarian cancer in the United States.

David Cohen is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, educator, and composer of music for the classical & flamenco guitar, Chinese pipa musician and bagpipe played in Philadelphia. David’s teaching studios are located in both Philadelphia and Ocean Grove, NJ. David performs in concert, clubs and private performances along the East Coast.

 

David Cohen Live Alphabet Lounge NYC Saturday April 12, 2014

I love that there are venues outside of the traditional places that bring in classically based music into their mix of performers. I would like to find those places in Philadelphia as well. Saturday April 12, 2014 at 7pm I will play my second gig at the Alphabet Lounge located at 104 Ave C in New York. Cover charge is $10 pay in advance and save $2 off cover  . Offer ends Friday April 11.

Refusing Service; Arizona Senate Bill 1062

imgresA percentage of my income is derived from the event industry performing on the classical & flamenco guitar, Chinese pipa and bagpipes. Prior to my career in music and as I was developing and growing my business I supported myself as a baker developing my skills that enabled me to rise to the level of Pastry Chef. Never once have I worked for a bakery that denied or even cared about a person’s orientation. In my personal life my friendships are based off of character.

There’s my declaration of equality. Having said that, with the current debate over event services and the Arizona Bill regarding the denial of services to gay people on moral grounds I am reminded of an event request I had a few years ago.

The request was for my services for an event that would celebrate the retirement of a person who worked as a lobbyist in Washington, DC for a number of years. I was excited! It was DC, it was a political event, and it was a great opportunity for me to further my name establishing it deeper into the event industry in DC. After reading the email inquiry I Googled the persons name and came across information that matched very closely to the person mentioned in the email. The caveat was that this person had a strong background with the kkk and didn’t hide the fact. I decided at that point not to call back. I would not sell my talent for this event as I am morally opposed to his belief. In addition to it actually being his choice to pitch for that team.

I did question why they would call me with my very Jewish name to play Spanish and Chinese music for a kkk member’s party. I decided to reply to the call after all. Though the information was similar the party was not for the person I am morally opposed to. The party was for a different person with the same name. The person who contacted me was the partner of the man the party was for, they were Democrats and there would be a very nice mix of people. They were aware of the other person and were happy I called back. So was I! It was a great party and made great connections and picked up a few gigs from it.

Again I say that I do not condone any business or person that refuses service to anybody because of their sexual orientation based on their perception of what morality is. Regardless of the out come in my situation and that it wasn’t based on sexuality, I did the same thing when I made the decision not to play a party for a person who I am morally opposed to.

As an event service provider the only people I refuse to do business with are the one’s who say, “Well I did find someone who will do it for $100.” Sorry I will not do business with you.

18th Annual Millennium Music Conference

The weekend of February 21-23, 2014 will be filled the sound of strings in action from many guitars and cellos. The 18th Annual Millennium Music Conference will take place at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg, PA.

The conference features two afternoons of music business panels, clinics, workshops, networking, day stage, one-on-one mentoring and demo listening sessions. The conference events are  topped off with an industry trade show. In the evenings the event celebrates new music with three nights of showcase performances featuring over 300 original acts at 30 live music venues throughout Harrisburg.

Harrisburg at night

Getting people out between Valentines Day and St. Patrick’s Day is a tough challenge for any destination and business district.  The Millennium Music Conference will bring three hundred acts and artists to showcase…..hundreds more that participate from over sixteen states including locations throughout Pennsylvania. The hotels in Harrisburg will be filled and the restaurants for the weekend will present the showcases from the artists attending the conference. At the least, thirty restaurants will also become participants in this annual event.

The mention of cellos

The speakers at the conference have come to Harrisburg seeking talent. The event organizers have filled the showcases with just about every genre of music including classical music and it’s instrumental offshoots. Three artists under that category performing at this year’s event are:

Cello Fury
Friday February 21, 2014. 7pm Midtown Scholar 1302 N. 3rd St. Harrisburg, PA 17102.
Cello Fury will also perform on Thursday February 20th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia.

A cello rock powerhouse featuring three cellists and a drummer, Cello Fury’s original music combines the emotive and symphonic sounds of the cello with driving rock beats to create a cinematic, progressive rock sound.

 

Eric Loy
Friday February 21, 2014.10pm Suba Tapas Bar 272 North St. Harrisburg, PA 17102

“One word that doesn’t often come to mind is fearless. If there was one word to describe Dayton Ohio’s cult guitar icon Eric Loy, fearless would be that word.” GuitarDigest.com

David Cohen (article author & webmaster)
Friday February 21, 2014 9pm Suba Tapas Bar 272 North St. Harrisburg, PA 17102

Most of the showcases are free and all opened to the public. The ability to create a close collaboration between all stakeholders in an event is extremely difficult. The Millennium Music Conference has successfully accomplished that challenge in the past and will so do again this year bringing tourism revenue to Harrisburg PA along with educational and career opportunities to a wide group of artists. Anthropologist Margaret Mead wrote, “ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” The 18th Annual Millennium Music Conference: 2 days of workshops, mentoring and trade show.  Three nights of live music! Showcase schedules and conference information is available at www.musicconference.net.