Showcase: Linda Cohen

linda cohen5BIO
Linda Cohen was a Philadelphia-based guitarist, who made three albums of instrumental music for classical guitar, augmented with various electronic instruments and effects. Sadly, she passed away recently, but was well-known in Philadelphia both as a musician and a guitar instructor. (Her obituary can be seen here.) Other members of the Philadelphia music scene help out on all her recordings: notably, Craig Anderton and Michal Kac of legendary psych group Mandrake Memorial, as well Charles Cohen, a modular synth player who is well-known to anyone familiar with the Philly underground scene of the past few decades. Leda was followed by Lake of Light (1973) and Angel Alley (1982); of the three, Leda seems to be the most sparse, with the warm nylon-string guitar of most tracks being subtly augmented by bass or synth sounds which remain in the background. Like of Light is available at this Soundcloud page. Although the arrangements of Lake of Light are sometimes more engaging, I think the songs of Leda are stronger, ultimately making it a more enjoyable album. Calm, reflective, psychedelic, and slightly melancholic music, reminiscent of Führs & Fröhling. http://muddycandy.blogspot.com/2013/07/linda-cohen-leda-usa-1972.html

ALBUMS

Leda (1971)
A1: Arroyo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFLIqS84Vlk
A2: Promenade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPPQsSqRGG4
A3: Leda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF2qY8lim00
A4: Madman Samba https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW6YL1s2AKU
A5: Wisteria https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aWeQtthWBw
A6: Valentine Suite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGS43I2IjdM
B1: Fantasia Inca https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jh8V4YDvOY
B2: The Dust https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Z0TOxVZis
B3: Two Themes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2FFbwbzQ4M
B4: Untitled https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hL7emXESvI
B5: The Old Castle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcJrDfVSsnQ
B6: Sixth Sense https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA2ef8IINkQ

Lake of Light (1973)
A1: Growing Back https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPUO4nA1buc
A2: Sunshower https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ho5j3S7rcc
A3: Nouveau Riche https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u6l_aQIwxk
A4: In Just Spring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GUa0jdZkIs
A5: Lake Of Light https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34PDp_H8t7U
A6: Zambra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3M57v_yjG0
B1: Clap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIR1XxRx49o
B2: Monongahela https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXTrmE_krJE
B3: Half Piece https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI6NLovhlQk
B4: River of Eggs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWsAwdzR1Ks
B5: Horizon Jane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOOj4evH6w8
B6: Concerto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEsroeBwhqQ

Angel Alley (1989)
A1: Tommy Troller
A2: Midday Moon
A3: Pink Flamenco
A4: Angel Alley
A5: Guitar Suite #2
B1: The Minstrel Boy (Refried)
B2: Dark Rain
B3: Meridian
B4: Still The Bell
B5: Liaison
B6: The Susannah Variations

PERFORMANCES
Kac & Cohen at The Tin Angel in Philadelphia 2007

INTERVIEWS
Linda Cohen – Remembered – 1947-2009 (with Michael Kac)

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