I had the distinct pleasure of talking with Ruth Fisher at length in an extended interview featured on her esteemed program Full Circle on JazzFM in the UK. We discussed my early musical influences, the moment that woke my artistic ambitions and sparked my career, my early professional experiences and my recent compositional work. The show also features numerous tracks from my latest album Originations, the story behind the project and more. Listen to the full international broadcast HERE.
Howard Reich has chosen some of the top jazz recordings to date for Chicago Tribune. On the list: Ryan Cohan’s forthcoming release for Origin Records, “Originations“.
Reich says: “…pianist-composer Cohan has a well-honed gift for writing long-form jazz compositions. It reaches a high point in “Originations,” a suite Cohan performed to vivid effect at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in 2018. The new recording deepens earlier favorable impressions of the piece, which amounts to a series of tone poems in which Cohan explores his Middle Eastern heritage – Jewish and Arabic.”
On Originations, Ryan Cohan brings his broad spectrum of musical influences and sensibilities across multiple genres into focus through a personal lens in his most compelling musical statement to date. With the support of a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission (his third), Cohan penned Originations – a stunning work of six integrally linked yet independently standing compositions scored for an eleven-piece jazz chamber ensemble. The narrative driving the music boldly illuminates and affirms the vital human and spiritual connections between disparate traditions and ideologies. Featuring a dynamic symbiosis of Middle Eastern and North African musical themes, Western classical music elements, modern jazz and impressionistic harmonic colors and improvisation, Originations blurs its diverse stylistic ingredients to create a vibrant sonic tapestry woven in Cohan’s distinctive voice.