Estar Cohen Project reimagines ‘River’Written by Kevin Moore | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Estar Cohen is a vocalist, composer and jazz musician studying jazz music performance at the University of Toledo. While most of her work centers on jazz, Cohen likes to explore new songs and make them her own by creating different arrangements. Cohen and her band, The Estar Cohen Project, reimagined “River” by Joni Mitchell for the Make-A-Wish Foundation benefit CD, “Holiday Wishes 3.”
“I followed the call for artists in the Toledo Free Press, and when I thought about a song for this holiday CD, I didn’t want something that was obviously a Christmas carol. Joni Mitchell’s song ‘River’ is my mother’s favorite song. It’s a great song, and I loved having an opportunity to arrange it in an original way,” Cohen said.
Christopher Stoll, an engineer with Audioflare Recording Studio who produced many of the tracks on the past two “Holiday Wishes” CDs, recorded the band’s live performance of “River” for this year’s CD.
“As a jazz group, we do so much improvisation that we have to do everything live,” Cohen said. “Stoll made working in the studio really comfortable for us.”
This marks Cohen’s first time working on a charity CD. After seeing how many artists were getting involved with “Holiday Wishes 3,” she wanted to lend her talents.
“I think this is a very creative way for local musicians to help raise money for a great organization,” she said.
Cohen believes the lyrics of “River” will resonate with listeners.
“Mitchell’s words have a depth; that’s why I chose it,” she said. “I hope everyone will get to experience it in their own way.”
The CD is a two-disc set with 45 tracks that retails for $10. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish, Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. It is available at The Town Center at Levis Commons, the ProMedica Flower Hospital gift shop and the Make-A-Wish Foundation office at Arrowhead Park in Maumee.
For more information, visit the website www.estarcohenmusic.com.
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