News featuring Leonard Cohen

The following news stories mention Leonard Cohen. Stories are compiled from a hand-picked selection of popular music news sites based in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Updated less than 6 hours ago.

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  • Q&A: Martin Creed

    'My dream dinner party? I hate dinner parties. I don't even like dinners. I hate eating because I am scared of most food'

    Martin Creed was born in Wakefield and raised in Scotland. After art school at the Slade, he went on to win the Turner prize in 2001 with Work No 227: The Lights Going On And Off. Millions participated in his Work No 1197: All The Bells, which opened the 2012 Olympics. Mind Trap is his new CD, and his composition for the restoration of the Royal Festival Hall organ has its premiere on 30 March. His performance of music and dance takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 8 April, and his retrospective, What's The Point Of It?, continues at the Hayward Gallery until 27 April.

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  • Wild Beasts, Darkside, Angel Olsen: this week's new live music

    Wild Beasts | Darkside | Angel Olsen | Salsa Celtica | Trilok Gurtu | Royal Opera & Shakespeare's Globe: L'Ormindo

    Wild Beasts, Manchester & Glasgow

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’14 Mar 20 Thu

Thursday 20th March

  • Christine Tobin: A Thousand Kisses Deep review – 'A heartfelt gift for Leonard Cohen'

    (Trail Belle)

    An ear for poetry, a jazz sensibility that invests casually strewn phrases with ambiguities, a balladeer's patience partly inspired by Billie Holiday – these qualities and plenty more make the Dublin-born singer-songwriter Christine Tobin ideal as a Leonard Cohen interpreter. After exploring his classics for years, she has finally devoted an album to him. Like Cohen (who brought violins, mandolins and organs to his 2013 tour), Tobin appreciates the importance of wrapping subtle instrumental tones around the merciless lyrics – in this case Phil Robson's guitar (bluesy on Tower of Song, African on Suzanne, jazzy on the title track), Huw Warren's borderline-abstract accordion, Dave Whitford's warmly recorded bass and Adriano Adewale's soft percussion. Warren scythes through Tobin's wide and resonant account of Famous Blue Raincoat, Miles Davis's In a Silent Way gets threaded into the arrangement of Tower of Song, Take This Waltz is sombre and playful…

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Saturday 15th March

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Sunday 9th March

  • A Thousand Kisses Deep review – Christine Tobin's warm, inventive homage to Leonard Cohen

    (Trail Belle)

    The disconnect between Leonard Cohen's poetic songs and his lugubrious baritone has often been acute (Cohen himself joked about his "golden voice"), which, genius aside, is perhaps why his work is so well covered. London-based jazzer Christine Tobin, a lifelong Lenny devotee, brings brio to 11 songs drawn from across his career. The mournful title track emerges defiant, the droll Tower of Song comes with a snappy, Miles Davis arrangement, and Suzanne with a deft African soukous guitar by Phil Robson. Tobin's singing is agile but there's no unnecessary vamping and the album, artfully played, has a poised, emotional coherence; a warm, inventive homage.

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Wednesday 5th March

  • Photos: Wild Beasts @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 3/4/14

    Wild Beasts have been the source of an enormous amount of great music lately. Aside from their outstanding new album, Present Tense, there have been remixes of their songs by such wildly different artists as Factory Floor and The Field, not to mention recent covers of Leonard Cohen and Miley Cyrus. And, of course, they [...]

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’14 Mar 1 Sat

Saturday 1st March

  • 'Without music, would we even be Jewish?'

    Women's singing is taboo and so is listening to music in a time of loss – but song is part of every celebration and occasion. Norman Lebrecht explores the history of music and Jews, from King David to Leonard Cohen

    • Never mind the swastikas: For some Jewish people, UK punk was a home and inspiration ....

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