Brooklyn-based composer, librettist, and multimedia artist Nell Shaw Cohen writes lyrically expressive, visually evocative music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, and voice. The JACK Quartet, New York University Symphony, WordSong, and members of The Chelsea Symphony and A Far Cry, among others, have performed her music in museums, concert halls, theaters, and salons.

Cohen is a 2015-17 Composers & the Voice Fellow with American Opera Projects and the recipient of a 2016 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

New Music of Our National Parks
Featuring the music of Rachel Panitch, Linda Chase, and Nell Shaw Cohen
Presented in affiliation with the Landscape Music Composers Network

Alicia Mielke and Devin Ulibarri will perform my Dai-Shizen (Great Nature) for flute and guitar. More information about the program at LandscapeMusic.org.

April 15, 2016, 8:00pm
Advent Library Concert Series
The Church of the Advent
30 Brimmer St (corner of Mount Vernon St)
Boston, MA
$10 suggested donation

Composers & the Voice: First Glimpse
A concert of world premiere songs and arias from emerging composers Matthew Barnson, Carlos R. Carrillo, Nell Shaw Cohen, Marc LeMay, Cecilia Livingston, Sky Macklay and librettists Edward Einhorn, Duncan McFarlane, Emily Roller, and Mark Sonnenblick, created during American Opera Projects (AOP) latest season of its Brooklyn-based training program Composers & the Voice. More information at AOP's website.

May 13-14, 2016, 8:00pm
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Admission $25/$20 - 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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