music of pianist and shakuhachi player Steve Cohn has continually
and dramatically evolved. A native of San Francisco, he performed
as a blues pianist in Los Angeles, where he began studying the shakuhachi
flute at UCLA. He then spent two years in Japan returning to study
at San Francisco State University where he worked with Pulitzer
Prize Winner, Wayne Peterson, and also appeared as a jazz pianist
performing with musicians such as Eddie Henderson, and Sonny Simmons.
Ultimately he moved to New York where he has devoted himself to
totally improvised music, combining unconventional use of non-western
winds and percussion with a unique piano style.
Cohn has performed his own works in venues including
New York City's Miller Theatre, New Works October Series, Fiesta
International USSR, the Newport JVC Festival, Sweet Basil, The Great
American Music Hall, World Shakuhachi Festival 1998, the Ottawa
Festival; appeared in multimedia performances with Japanese Taiko
drummers and the Elinor Coleman Dance Ensemble. He was also commissioned
to compose and perform an original work that premiered with the
Watanabe Dance Company in Japan. Cohn has performed and recorded
with musicians including Reggie Workman, Jason Huang, Tom Varner,
Fred Hopkins, Karl Berger, Oliver Lake, William Parker and Bob Stewart.
He has conducted master classes (including the
Paris National Conservatory) and has received grants from Arts International,
Meet the Composer, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Two of his recordings, SUFI DANCERS and ITTEKIMASU,
received four star ratings in Downbeat Magazine and placed
on the list of top ten releases in Cadence Magazine. THE
BEGGAR AND THE ROBOT IN DIAMONDS was also chosen on the "Top
Ten List of 1997" by Tracking Angle. His recent recordings,
BRIDGE OVER THE X-STREAM and THE BLAIR RECORDINGS have
already received much acclaim.
"Nobody - and I mean NOBODY - taps into their
muse with more insight or creativity. Steve Cohn is the great hidden
secret of American Jazz."
- Carl Baugher, Tracking Angle Magazine
"Cohn's playing is hypnotic and remarkable
throughout. He is a true original."
- Robert Spencer, Cadence Magazine