The programme includes settings of Cohen’s own contemporary jazz and world music compositions, orchestrated traditional Hebrew and Ladino songs, and selected classical works, while the arrangements span set-ups for solo, trio and full orchestra. Orchestrations are by New York’s Grammy Award-winning Robert Sadin who has worked closely with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Sting and whose work has been performed by some of the world’s top orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras.
Concerts have been broadcast by ARTE, Swedish TV and Spanish TV, and SONY will be releasing an international album of the project in 2017. As well as traditional orchestral concertgoers, the project also appeals to new, younger audiences and those interested in jazz. See a clip here from the sold out ‘Avishai Cohen Weekend’ at the Paris Philharmonie.
Recent and upcoming highlights for this project include: Lyon, Monaco, Malmo Symphony, Vienna Konzerthaus, Musikverein & St Polten with Tonkunstler, London’s Barbican with BBC Concert Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonie and more to be announced for 2017/18.