Master Class in New Shakuhachi Techniques, Vocalization and Mictrotonal Approaches to be Offered by Steve Cohn as Part of Agosto Residency
In partnership with the association 108 Hz and as a part of the Agosto residency program, pianist and shakuhachi player Steve Cohn will offer a master class in new shakuhachi techniques, vocalization and mictrotonal approaches during the 2016 International Shakuhachi Festival from June 3 to 5 in Prague. The workshop will welcome even participants who play other instruments besides the shakuhachi, and anyone interested is encouraged to join.
The music of 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, then 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 completely improvised music, combining an 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, and the Ottawa Festival. He has appeared in multimedia performances with Japanese Taiko drummers and the Elinor Coleman Dance Ensemble, and 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 placed in 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.
The Agosto residency of Steve Cohn takes place from June 15 to July 15, 2016. For a full description of master classes, as well as upcoming solo concerts by Cohn, produced by the NEIRO Association for Expanding Arts with the support of the Agosto Foundation, please visit the International Shakuhachi Festival Prague 2016 program.