Avishai Cohen, born in Israel in 1970, comes from a musical family. He began playing the piano at the age of eleven, and at 16 Cohen attended the "Music & Arts High School" in Jerusalem. After that Cohen changed instruments, to the acoustic bass. In 1992 he moved to New York, where he also attended the "New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music". After performing with such greats as Paquito D'Rivera, Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove, the world-class pianist Chick Corea engaged him in his newly formed acoustic sextet "Origin". Until 2003 Cohen belonged to Chick Corea's bands. Cohen also played with Ravi Coltrane and Leon Parker, among others, as well as with his own formations in small clubs. In 1997 he recorded a first album, "Adama" for the label "Stretch". After leaving the Corea band, he founded the "Avishai Cohen Trio". With his own trio with Shai Maestro and Itamar Doari, he recorded a series of albums on the label "Razdaz Record" after 2005. Today he is counted among the 100 most influential bassists of the 20th century by the specialized press. With his trio, Cohen has been touring the great concert halls for over 20 years. The three move light-footedly through various genres and perform relaxed music-making with stupendous energy and emphasis, as is only possible live. The trio's current lineup includes Azerbaijani pianist Elchin Shirinov and, for the first time, Israeli drummer Roni Kaspi.
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