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Yehonatan Cohen discusses new album "Stories" and musical roots
(Published: April 27, 2015)

Q: What instruments do you play, and when did you start. Did you receive any formal training.

A: I play mostly the soprano sax, tenor sax and the flute, although I originally started with trumpet at the age of 10 and only started playing the sax six years later. I received formal training in all of them.

Q: Who are the backing musicians on your Stories album and how did you meet them.

A: I had the pleasure to play with Gadi Lehavi on piano, Or Bareket on bass and Itay Morchi on drums.
I have originally met all of these guys in Israel, and later on we all met again in NY. Israel is a very small country so sooner or later everyone in the jazz scene get to know each other. Whether it's through gigs you played together or watched others playing, or if it's through the same institute you are teaching or studying at.

Q: Growing up, were there any artists you wanted to be.

A: I never wanted to be anybody else and always believed in the importance of finding my own voice. That being said, I always had musicians I was getting inspiration from and looking up to. One of my greatest influences, for example, is the great John Coltrane, whose serious and kind approach as a person, always seems to be present in his music.

Q: How long did it take you to record Stories. What was the process like.

A: I was fortunate to be able to record everything in one day. This was only possible since the musicians were very professional and focused and since we didn't need to edit or add anything to the original recording. This fact also made the mixing and mastering process much quicker and easier.

Q: What would you say have been the highlights of your career thus far as a professional musician.

A: Recording the album and playing the CD Release show with such amazing musicians such as Or and Itay who originally played in the album, as well as with Dayna Stephens, Gilad Hekselman and Martha Kato, who joined us, were very meaningful events in my career, especially since I felt very strongly about the way these people played my music, and was happy to feel like I found people who understand what my music needs, and let the listener experience it at its best.

Q: What are your goals for the future.

A: I hope to get my music to as many people as I can, I look forward to performing, touring and recording for many more years. I really hope my music could be a source of inspiration for the people who hear it.

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