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Past Shows

Mon. August 2nd 2004
Tu B'Av Klezmer Concert Mitzvah
Mon. June 28th 2004
Oasis Egyptian Dance Ensemble, Mitzvah, Carolyn Mark and her new Best Friends, Red Elvises
Sat. January 17th 2004
@  Call for info (All Ages)
Live Klezmer Music Mitzvah
Sat. October 25th 2003
@  Sylvan United Church Hall Mill Bay BC (All Ages)
The Mill Bay Coffeehouse Mitzvah

Gary Cohen

Active / Available - Confirmed: Feb. 19, 2013 (Awaiting Update)

world folk from Victoria BC
Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Doumbek (hand drum); baglama (Greek instruement) details

Contact Details

Gary Cohen
250 595-6728

Tourtieres, pita, houmous souvlaki, felafel, baklava, Turkish coffee, such an exotic feats! The same is true of Gary Cohen's music.

Gary Cohen, is a World Folk Music Artist who brings a musical potluck to your hearts and ears. His repertoire is varied and includes parodies and folk songs from man lands. You will hear Gary move from a lively sing-a-long to a sweet gentle romantic tune, from a peppy Mikddle-Eastern drum solo to an ouzo soaked rendition of "La Jolie Rochelle."

Drawing inspiration from Greek, Middle-Eastern, Balkan, Klezmer, and Francophone motifs, Gary Cohen adda new perspective and interpretation to traditional folk music. He sings souflully in English, French, Greek, Hebrew and Ladino, a Judeo-Spanish language rooted in Medieval times!

Gary Cohen is accomplished with the Middle-Eastern Hand Drum (doumbek), and plays
the guitar with an original strumming style
reminiscient of the oud (Arabic ancestor of the mandolin(, He is joined n back-up percussion by
his partner Amber Woods.

Gary Cohen also teaches Middle-Eastern drumming. With Amber's assistance, they have taught a number of drumming workshops including at the World Rhythms Festival in Seasttle, and a the Rhythms Tent at the Northwest Folklife Featival in Seattle Vancouver Rhythm and Dance Festival, and Nanaimo Drum Fest.

Gary also teaches guitar and drumming privately.

Gary Cohen now fronts the World Music Duo, KOUSKOUS which features flavors of the Mediterranean in song! They have performed at events such as: Princeton Traditional Music Festival, Been featured at James Bay Coffee and Books, Sooke Folk Music Society, Gorge on Art, Cultural Celebration.

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Current Projects

Ziva MusikaGuitar Percussion Vocals2006-present
KouskousLead: Guitar, Drum, Vocal2005-present
FetacompliGuitarPercsussion Vocals2000-present

Past Projects

MitzvahGuitar Percussion Vocals2002-The End
Available for paid gigs
Available for casual jamming
Available for serious projects
Available for lessons


Listing last updated/confirmed Feb. 19, 2013