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Beth Bahia Cohen with Vasilis Kostas

Sat, May 30 @ 7:30 pm

Beth Bahia Cohen

Beth Bahia Cohen is a violinist of Syrian Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage. Inspired at a young age by the sounds she heard at family gatherings, she went on to study with master musicians from Hungary, Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East. She plays the violin, viola, Greek lyras, Turkish bowed tanbur and kabak kemane, Norwegian hardingfele, and Egyptian rababa. She has performed with Led Zeppelin, Itzhak Perlman, Eubie Blake, Phillip Glass, numerous orchestras, and Greek, Turkish, Hungarian, and Klezmer ensembles, among others. Her recordings include Errol Morris soundtracks, PBS Nova and American Experience shows, the film music of John Kusiak, and work with Dunya, EurAsia Ensemble, Ziyia, and Weaving the Worlds (solo), among others. Bahia Cohen received scholarships from places such as the National Endowment for the Arts/Artists International, American Research Institute of Turkey, and Radcliffe Bunting Institute.

“I have spent much of my musical life exploring how the violin is played in several different cultures, discovering bowed stringed instruments that existed before the European violin arrived, learning how endangered most traditional music is, and creating a large palette of musical colors from which to make my own music.”

Vasileios “Vasilis” Kostas has recorded Greek music in the Madrid studio of multi-Grammy-winning producer Javier Limón, director of Berklee’s Mediterranean Music Institute. Kostas’ path in music began in Ioannina, Greece, where he was born and raised. He began his musical training on the guitar at age five under the guidance of his father. At 16, and after being exposed to extensive musical education, he started composing his own music and received a special award for traditional music at the prestigious Panhellenic Student Competition. Kostas completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy and education at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece; he was also awarded the equivalent of summa cum laude for his studies at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory, where he furthered his education in guitar, specifically in jazz harmony and improvisation, under the tutelage of Makis Stefanidis and John Papatriantafyllou. Kostas has played alongside prominent musicians such as Ernesto Hermoza, Beth Bahia Cohen, Kostis Kyritskis, Giannis Papatriantafyllou, and Sotiris Katsouras. He has also collaborated with the Mediterranean Institute of Music in Spain, where he played traditional songs from Greece, his birthplace, with his new instrument, a laouto, and where his audience included distinguished flamenco musicians such as Pepe Habichuela and Jose Merce.

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  • Doors open 7 p.m.
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  • BYO (drinks and appetizers)
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About the PCA

Parish Center for the ArtsThe PCA is a warm, intimate performance venue that seats up to 125 people in a historic former church building at Westford Common. Each season we present New England’s best Folk, Jazz, Classical, Rock, and Comedy shows. As a non-profit community arts center, we also feature rotating art exhibits, barn dances, open mics, and theater performances.

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