Stephen Cohen
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Stephen Cohen



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Mr. Cohen’s newest CD is real-life and fiction. Past recordings include Many Hats, The
Three-Handed Man, Human Voices, The Tree People and a children’s CD called the Land
of 3 Hands. He also composed and recorded the music for the recording The Golden
Desert for New Directions.


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Mr. Cohen has performed at concerts, festivals and special events throughout the United
States. Past performances include the New Folk Awards Concert at the Kerrville Folk
Festival in Texas, First Night Providence in Rhode Island; showcase performance at the
NEMO conference in Boston: Arts in the Arboretum, Art in the Pearl, Artists Repertory
Theatre’s unplugged! series, the Children’s Museum Concerts at Lair Park, The Old
Church, the Music Millennium, and the McMenamins St. John’s Pub in Portland, Oregon;
On the Boards “12 Minute Max” and the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle, the
Oregon Folklife Festival in Corvallis, Oregon, and live radio performances on Cross
Tracks in Worcester, Massachusetts and on Sonarchy Radio in Seattle. This spring Mr.
Cohen is the Artist in Residence at Wilsonville High School in Oregon as part of a series
of projects in which he assists at-risk high school youth in creating instruments out of
recycled and found objects of metal and wood, helps them compose music and lyrics, and
produces a CD of the results.

Stephen was an award winner at the Kerrville New Folk Concerts this year in Texas, a big
honor nationally in folk music circles. He received a Project Grant in1999 and Technical
Grants for 1999 and 2001 from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland and is
on the artist roster of their Neighborhood Arts Program. His song thomas has received
several awards, including a first place national lyricist award by Songwriter’s Monthly and
an honor award in the Great American Song Contest 2000.

Also a visual artist, Mr. Cohen has created a unique variety of original sculptural
percussion instruments made of brass, bronze, silver, wood, glass and found objects,
which he uses to augment his guitar and vocal music. In the 1980’s he created a series of
wearable art pins, using various metals and used guitar strings, which he exhibited at the
Opus 5 and the Maude Kerns galleries in Eugene, Oregon, the Wood Gallery in Newport,
Oregon, and at various festivals including the Salem Art Fair in Salem, Oregon and the
Palo Alto Arts Fair in California. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from the University of
Oregon and also has attended Brandeis University. His visual art attention is now focused
primarily on his stage set through his sculptural percussion instruments.