Anat Cohen: Hot at 54 Below

August 21st, 2013


Anat Cohen: Hot at 54 Below
By: Masha Leon

Israel-born clarinetist assoluta Anat Cohen accompanied by the Choro Aventuroso ensemble — Victor Goncalves accordion, Cesar Garabini on a 7-string guitar and Serginho on the Pandeiro, a large tambourine producing sounds I’d never heard — dazzled the August 22 crowd at Broadway’s 54 Below Club.

Cohen — voted “clarinetist of the year” seven years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association — launched the stunning evening with the directive “Let’s hit it!” as she and the ensemble — whose name is derived from the Portuguese word Claroscuro which describes shadings of light and dark (as does the Italian Chiaroscuro) — created musical imagery of such liquidity and intensity from languorous to fiery.

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