Brooklyn-based composer, librettist, and multimedia artist Nell Shaw Cohen writes lyrically expressive, visually evocative music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, and voice. Her music has been performed in concert halls, museums, theaters, and salons.

Cohen is a 2015-17 Composers & the Voice Fellow with American Opera Projects and the recipient of an Artist Residency Grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. As founder and director of Landscape Music, an online publication and affiliated Composers Network, Cohen advocates for music inspired by nature, landscape, and place.

Cohen is also an educational media producer and experience designer. Her unique videos, multimedia installations, and interactive media have been viewed by thousands online. View her media design portfolio at beyondthenotes.org.

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Upcoming Performances

Landscape Music Presents Cadillac Moon Ensemble at the Parrish Art Museum

A concert of new chamber music commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service. Cadillac Moon Ensemble performs World Premieres by Nell Shaw Cohen and Justin Ralls with works by Stephen Lias, Alex Shapiro, and Stephen Wood. Presented by the Landscape Music Composers Network in partnership with the Parrish Art Museum. More information.

September 9, 2016, 6:00pm
Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway
Water Mill, NY 11976
Admission $20/$10 - Purchase tickets

Cello Dreaming: Horizons

Expand your musical horizons as Louise King – an exciting example of a modern 21st century musician - takes you on a virtuosic collection of art music written in the last two decades for solo cello inspired by landscape, horizon, place and light showcasing her signature style of virtuosity, expression and vivid story-telling. Program features the Australian premiere of Horizon by composer Nell Shaw Cohen. More information.

September 9 | 6:00pm
The Cooroora Institute
Cooroy, Australia

September 10 | 7:00pm
Horizon Festival
University Sunshine Coast Art Gallery
Sippy Downs, Australia

September 11 | 3:00pm
Lift Gallery
Maleny, Australia

Admission $21.49 - $103.49 - Purchase tickets

Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes

AOP previews the future of opera with an evening of scenes developed during AOP's latest season of Composers & the Voice, a Brooklyn-based fellowship training program that has launched the careers of some of today's top opera creators. This program includes scenes from Nell Shaw Cohen's opera Mabel's Call. More information.

September 30 | 8:00pm
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
$10-$15 - Purchase tickets

October 2 | 2:30 PM
National Opera Center – Rehearsal Hall
330 7th Ave, 7th floor
New York, NY 10001
$20-$25 - Purchase tickets

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Featured Compositions and Multimedia Projects

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Point Reyes from Chimney Rock (2014)

Orchestral tone poem commissioned by the NYU Symphony and premiered on March 3, 2014 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York, NY. Conducted by David Rosenmeyer.

Explore John Muir's Yosemite (2014)

This multimedia installation for web and iPad app illustrates the writings of naturalist and conservationist John Muir through interactive photography and music, offering an engaging new interpretation of Muir's vision of nature. Explore ten sites in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks with Muir as your guide. muirsyosemite.com

The Coming of Spring (2014)

A one-act monodrama for tenor and chamber ensemble inspired by the life and paintings of Charles E. Burchfield. Learn more about the April 2014 workshop performance and listen to a complete scene at thecomingofspring.com

California Zephyr (2014)

Video and music for piccolo, clarinet, 2 percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass. Filmed from the California Zephyr Amtrak train over three days, traveling from Chicago to San Francisco. Music recorded live by the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Horizon: New York (2014)

Video production and music composition for two versions of a short dance film created with dancer-choreographer Callie Lyons and cellist Fjóla Evans. Filmed at two city parks in Brooklyn. Below is version #1; view version #2 on YouTube.

The Winding Path (2013)

String Quartet performed by The JACK Quartet. Learn about this performance.

Watercolors (2011)

A Musical Tribute to Charles Burchfield at the Parrish Art Museum performed by The Chelsea Quintet. Learn about Watercolors.

The Faraway Nearby: Georgia O'Keeffe and the New Mexico Landscape (2010)

Original video and score for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, and cello.
Learn about The Faraway Nearby.

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