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Chaos Theory in the UK 2016

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 and article about me in the local arts magazine. They were the only others that went to the top of the 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.

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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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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

 

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.

Paco Pena Interview

Originally Published January 2006

Artist web site: www.pacopena.com

David Cohen: What was the first rhythm you learned?
Paco Pena: The first rhythm was Soleares.

Cohen: Was there ever pressure on you not to play the guitar but do something that would bring money?

Paco: That is a very good question. Well, the thing is, we were nine children in a very poor family and certainly the concern, particularly my mother’s was that everybody had a basic education and be good enough to get a decent job and so on. So I did go to school. I was into that and I eventually got a job in an office to soon, but never the less it was a job. My mother, wisely never objected to me going with other friends She made sure that the friends were good people. I was very young and they wanted me to go with them to play. I always played all day, everyday. She did realize it was a social connection with the world for me. It’s a very good question, I never thought about it. She never did object to me doing it. On the other hand she wanted me to have the skills to do something else, “a proper job”, like a job in an office. I suppose my love for music, for the guitar became strong and I left the job and I just decided to be a guitarist.
Cohen: Did you put pressure on yourself to make money?
Paco: Not to make money but to be able to survive. If you imagine a family of people who do manual work, my mother use to have a store in the market selling vegetables to feed us. She only had my older brother and me and seven girls. It’s a matter of necessity to make sure you are able to look after yourself in some way. It’s not making money as such, but being able to be alright in life. The pressure was never to strong, it was always wishing that I would bealright but never demanding strongly that I take a job.
Cohen: Was there a particular time when you took a deep breath and said, “I’ve made it” and what was the recording that was from that time.
Paco: That’s a good question, I suppose one could look at it and analyze it. It’s difficult, I’venever said “I’ve made it” in that way. There are significant landmarks. I always loved playing with flamenco dancers and flamenco singers, particularly with singers. I was never interested in being a soloist as such, I wanted to be in the background but one day I decided to be asoloist because I needed my life to be more interesting than it was. I don’t mean interesting artistically but more demanding on myself to achieve more, to go much further. So I decided I was going to be a soloist. Example, playing for my debut concert in the Wigmore Hall in London was a magnificent feeling , when the audience reacted to me, God forbid, who am I? When they reacted so nicely, so well to what I had to offer. I think that was a revelation and it was saying I want to do something, I have to continue to work and project this image.  Soon after that I played with Jimi Hendrix at the Royal Festival Hall in London. There were four different guitar acts, but to play with Jimi Hendrix was a fantastic event, really. So you could say those little things make you realize you made something of your life. They are little steps in becoming human, becoming what you are. I’m not one to say, “Oh you’ve made it“. I never felt that way.
Cohen: Where you familiar with Jimi Hendrix?
Paco: Yes of course. Not enough, I was to much into my own thing but I was aware of him as a fantastic artist.
Cohen: Have you ever played an electric guitar?
Paco: Well I tried now and then, it’s to difficult.
Cohen: When are you coming out with your new cd, Requiem for the Earth?
Paco: It’s being done at the moment. I’ve done it live, I have to analyze it and do it in the studio, I want to do it soon.
Cohen: Do you have artistic freedom with your record company?
Paco: Oh yes, I can do what I want.

CohenWas it hard getting Misa Flamenco out?

Paco: Not at all. They were really delighted to get something different out at that time. For me it was a bit of an experiment. I don’t like the word experiment, it was a trip, an adventure to combine two strong musical cultures like classical and flamenco in that way. It fascinated me and when talking to the record company they got excited talking to me because I was excited. So the same applies to the Requiem. It’s a very intense work, but it has a commenton what is happening to the Earth in a negative sense but it also has a positive theme like looking to the future and calling to our awareness so that we may learn to protect the future for our children.
Cohen: How much time do you spend practicing?
Paco: Really quit a lot, particularly if I have my responsibilities. If I have to do things then I need to practice. I suppose when I was younger I practiced more.
Cohen: Do you have a favorite rhythm?
Paco:  I guess it is still Soleares, the rhythm is fascinating. You drift into it. It’s wonderful, expressive, not difficult but demanding in wanting to get right into it and do more with it.

Cohen: It there one you think is difficult?

Paco: Well yes, in flamenco there are rhythms that have great complexity and you always try to find new bits of expression within them. The Buleria for example is so exciting and fast. Each rhythm has a moment. Sometimes you feel you’re doing something and everything happens right and sometimes you don’t.
Cohen: I remember driving to Connecticut to see you and then the next tour a club in New York, then Town Hall a few times and then Carnegie Hall. This is your first time in Philadelphia and there is another city you are playing in for the first time. Do you feel like you are conquering the United States?
Paco: No, its not a matter of conquering. I do what I do, it is what I believe. Therefore any people who feel that they want to experience it, I am delighted to go there and take the challenge and convince them. It’s not a matter of conquering. I’m connected to this tradition. I love it, so I do it with love not aggression.