leonard cohen koans
Loved by diehard Cohen fans and new-comers alike, LEONARD COHEN KOANS is an inspiring celebration of the spirit, music and poetry of one of the greatest songwriters of the modern age.
Passionate, sensuous vocalist ALI BABS “more than embodies the energy that one expects from an evening celebrating Cohen”, her startling range and remarkable ability to hold the stage meeting this exceptionally well-crafted curation of Cohen poetry, prose and song - including "Avalanche", "Chelsea Hotel #2", and the beloved "Suzanne" - to offer a stirring meditation on the legend and his legacy.
Part-concert and part-homage, these exciting and original interpretations explore Cohen's music through jazz, gospel and rock territory, cracking wide open the incredible musicality in his work. Intertwined with excerpts of poetry and prose, and delivered through the lens of his Zen Buddhist spirituality LEONARD COHEN KOANS weaves a new pathway into your experience of this glorious Poet of the Holy Sinners.
Musically directed by award winning composer DARYL WALLIS, backed by masterful jazz musicians, this electrifying, vigorous 90min narrative concert is Cohen like you've never heard.
Inspiring, passionate, intimate and sincere, Leonard Cohen Koans gives you another chance to savour the creative spirit with which he so exquisitely courted the world.
more than embodies
the energy that one expects from an evening of Cohen.”
Amber gallery | nytheater.com
The 15 year collaboration between vocalist ali babs and composer Daryl Wallis is made evident by a unique blurring of their energies in live performance.
Neither leads nor follows. Instead, it is the organic ebb and flow of two people whose musical appreciation for each other and the work has become ritual.
Their exciting approach to Leonard Cohen's oeuvre is inspired by the deep influence of spirituality in his work. In particular, this show explores his poetry, prose and song through the lens of a foundational meditation technique of Leonard Cohen's Rinzai Zen Buddhist practice - the Zen Koan, which may be defined most simply as a succinct paradoxical statement or question used as a meditation discipline for novices. Leonard Cohen Koans is part-concert, part-homage, and weaves a new pathway into your experience of this glorious Poet of the Holy Sinners.
ali & the thieves is the music collective which has grown, and continues to grow, from the always evolving collaboration of babs and Wallis. as ali & the thieves they have collaborated on recorded and live performance of music for theatre, concert, film, cabaret, private and public events.