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.
Had an AMAZING time playing Originations with my jazz chamber ensemble last weekend at the Chicago Jazz Festival to an electric crowd of about 10,000 enthusiastic listener’s on Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion Stage! It was an honor to perform on a bill with Ben Wendel’s Seasons project, Christian McBride and Cecile McLorin Savant about which the Chicago Tribune wrote: “The other high point of Saturday evening’s lineup belonged to Chicago composer-pianist Ryan Cohan … ORIGINATIONS surely places Cohan in the first rank of contemporary jazz composers.”
Originations album will be available in the spring of 2020 on Origin Records. Stay tuned for CD release dates and other information coming soon !!
The jazz inspiration of Delaware-based artist Ellen Priest’s dynamic abstract series “On Being American / Jazz: Ryan Cohan’s The River” is on display from March 28 to June 6, 2019 at the galleries of “the first church of jazz,” Saint Peter’s Church (54th Street at Lexington in Midtown Manhattan).
Happy New Year! Very pleased to start 2019 with the release of this interview I did with Mike Jeffers for Chicago Jazz Magazine. We discuss my approach to composition, how I got started in my career, my upcoming new album and much more. Click on the above cover photo to watch the complete interview.