"Ryan Cohan has emerged as one of the city’s most powerfully expressive musicians


  -- Neil Tesser

Ryan Cohan - piano 

Ethan Philion - bass

George Fludas - drums

A powerfully expressive pianist and composer of keen intellect recognized for his "virtuosity and ingenuity" (Chicago Tribune), Ryan Cohan has released five critically acclaimed albums of original music. Always driving forward in a variety of viscerally exciting grooves, his dynamic sound at the keyboard and from his pen maintains a modern edge while infusing elements of the jazz tradition in unexpected ways.

Cohan's versatility and inventive vision have distinguished him as a vital original voice on today's global music scene and earned him the opportunity to play with numerous jazz luminaries and world-class ensembles. In his career thus far, he has been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in composition, Sundance Institute's 2014 Feature Film Music and Sound Design Fellowship and three Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commissioning grants.


Cohan has performed on five continents and has led his quartet on multiple extended international tours sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of a program fostering empathy and connection between cultures through music. His travels through Africa became the inspiration for the concert-length suite featured on Cohan's much lauded recording, The River (Motéma, 2013).

In 2016, Cohan was Artist-In-Residence at the University of Louisville where he taught jazz piano and composition. Later that year, he presented the world-premiere of his latest and soon-to-be-recorded project, Originations. This new multi-movement original work features a dynamic synthesis of Middle Eastern and other World music influences, classical compositional elements and improvisation scored for his jazz sextet plus string quartet. Recently, Cohan was commissioned by The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra led by Tommy Smith to arrange music for multiple European concerts in 2017 featuring Joe Locke and Kenny Washington.




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