Ryan Cohan'S Originations
Saturday, September 29, 5:30-6:30PM
For his Hyde Park Jazz Festival performance, Cohan will present his latest work, Originations. Commissioned by Chamber Music America and The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Originations is a multi-movement composition featuring a dynamic symbiosis of Middle Eastern musical themes, Western classical music elements, and improvisation. Scored for a ten-piece jazz chamber ensemble, Originations blurs its diverse stylistic ingredients to create a vibrant sonic tapestry woven in composer Cohan’s distinctive voice. The narrative driving the music boldly illuminates and affirms the vital human and spiritual connections between disparate cultures and ideologies.
Recognized for his “ingenuity and virtuosity” (Chicago Tribune), pianist and composer RYAN COHAN has released five critically acclaimed albums of original music, and has been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Music and Sound Design Fellowship. In addition to being a vital collaborator with many esteemed Jazz, Classical, and World musicians on Chicago’s rich music scene over the years, Cohan has performed at premier concert venues across five continents—both as a bandleader and sideman—and worked with numerous jazz luminaries and world-class ensembles including Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Locke, Andy Narell, Paquito D’Rivera, Kurt Elling, Gregory Porter, Victor Lewis, Bob Cranshaw, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, MusicNOW Ensemble, and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra.
Cohan has embarked upon multiple U.S. Department of State-sponsored tours in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Leading his quartet, Cohan traveled throughout Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East performing concerts and playing with local musicians, with the mission of fostering empathy and cultural understanding through music.
The musicians include: RYAN COHAN (piano); JOHN WOJCIECHOWSKI (clarinet, flutes, tenor saxophone); GEOF BRADFIELD (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone); TITO CARILLO (trumpet, flugelhorn); JAMES CAMMACK (bass); MICHAEL RAYNOR (drums); and THE KAIA STRING QUARTET - VICTORIA MOREIRA (violin); NAOMI CULP (violin); AMANDA GRIMM (viola); HOPE SHEPHERD DECELLE (cello).