Tributes to Leonard around the world

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Re: Sharon Robinson

Postby Hartmut » Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:57 pm

Greg Ross wrote:but I worry that there appears to have been no statement from Sharon Robinson.
There is one, on her Facebook page (November 13th):
https://www.facebook.com/sharonrobinsonmusic/
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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby mary emma » Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:00 pm

Tribute Montreal
http://montrealgazette.com/entertainmen ... elebration

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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby its4inthemorning » Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:28 pm

Re Montreal tribute,

Give a listen to Li'l Andy's rendition of "Democracy" in the link, it will be worth your time. He sings two verses that I never heard before, does anyone know anything about these additional verses?

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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby Hartmut » Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:43 pm

He - as usual - had a lot of discarded verses ("about 50") for that song.

Here's more information:
http://www.leonardcohen-prologues.com/democracy.htm

And here you can hear him recite one of those verses:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-bb7okXJtc
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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby its4inthemorning » Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:06 pm

Very very interesting, thank you Hartmut!
2010 DECEMBER 10 - CAESARS COLOSSEUM, LAS VEGAS / 2012 SEPTEMBER 28 - L'OLYMPIA, PARIS
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2013 APRIL 6 - RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, NEW YORK CITY / 2013 JULY 9 - PIAZZA NAPOLEONE, LUCCA
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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby jarkko » Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:05 pm

Vancouver:
http://www.westender.com/arts-culture/m ... -1.4356439
The Tower of Song tribute concert takes place Thursday, Dec. 15, at Fox Cabaret (2321 Main), 8pm; tickets $12 from FoxCabaret.com. I’m Your Man is on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway), 8pm; tickets $17 from RioTheatre.ca - See more at: http://www.westender.com/arts-culture/m ... XudKw.dpuf

It's been a rough year for a multitude of reasons, but the music world has been hit especially hard via a painful series of deaths. Throughout 2016, we lost icons and game-changers including David Bowie, Prince, Sharon Jones, A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg, and many more. While felt around the globe, the early November passing of poet, author and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has left a mark locally. Accordingly, this week will see two different tribute concert taking place across town. Both the “Tower of Song” concert at the Fox Cabaret on Thursday (Dec. 15) and the “I'm Your Man” celebration at the Rio Theatre on Saturday (Dec. 17) unite a wide spectrum of Vancouver artists ready to toast the prolific, impactful, and passionate songbook of Our Man.

“He's obviously super influential to a ton of people I know, including myself," Fox Cabaret live-music director Adam Fink says of booking his venue's event, adding that while he won't be onstage himself, his first band was named the Beautiful Losers, after Cohen's 1966 novel. "We thought it would be nice to do something honouring him, and hopefully making a little bit of money for charity at the same time."

Banding together at the Fox to raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross will be local artists like dark-pop performer Louise Burns and glam experimenter Johnny De Courcy. While Belle Game keyboardist and vocalist Katrina Jones has lived in Vancouver for the last five years, her involvement in both tribute nights reflects being raised in Cohen's off-and-on home base of Montreal, where it wasn’t unheard of to run into the songwriter. "He's always been this mythical creature, [but] there's a general knowing, appreciating and understanding of him in Montreal," she says. "When I was doing my undergrad at McGill, I worked at a café called Bagel Etc for four years, and it was directly across the street from his apartment. I actually had the pleasure of serving him, meeting him and hanging out with him."

Jones reveals of his ordering habits: "It was always just coffee. If he ate anything, it would be very simple, like eggs, bacon and bread. That was it. He would just come in some mornings, sit at the bar with his coffee and just want to hang out."

Endearingly, says Jones, Cohen would address everyone he came into contact with as "friend."

While not every musician on the bill had the chance to meet Cohen, his influence on their lives is no less personal. Malcolm Biddle, who performs solo as Malcolm Jack, had his love for the baritone-voiced icon passed on through his dad's old record collection. "I still have my dad's Songs of Leonard Cohen," he says, referencing Cohen’s 1967 debut. "I think a lot of people did this at the time, but it's got his initials on the front cover, MB, which is the same as mine."

While Biddle's attachment to the album will have him bringing an interpretation of "The Stranger Song" onto the Fox’s stage, he'll also cover "There is a War" from 1974's New Skin for the Old Ceremony, a piece his full band project, Dada Plan, had already been including in their live repertoire.

"He was a focused and furious artist, which is an old-world trait," Biddle praises. "In a world of hyper-fast media consumption, he could be compared with those old artists in the sense that he built a body of work, and every piece is specifically unique and perfected."

Over the last 50 years, Cohen's music evolved from the acoustic, finger-picked beauty of Songs of Love and Hate, to the synth-based smooth jazz of The Future, and onto the occasionally symphonic You Want it Darker, a mortality-focused collection that landed mere weeks before Cohen's death.

No Sinner frontwoman Colleen Rennison, who will be singing at both the Fox and the Rio, admits that songs like "Suzanne" and "Hallelujah" have lived with her for years, but it's not Cohen's versions she's generally been drawn to. A self-described "second-hand fan," she loves the "potency" of Cohen's poetry, but has been far more affected by other artists' musical interpretations. "I think that it really speaks volumes of the power of words that I can hear one of his songs and be like, 'This is never something that I would choose to put on' – not that that's true for everything he's done," says Rennison. "Chances are the best writer isn't going to be the best singer; chances are the best singer isn't going to be the best writer. If you take the best singer, like k.d. lang, and pair her with a song like 'Hallelujah,' it's magic."

Rennison's own booming, blues-stained pipes are quite different than the minimalist, gravel-voiced vocals Cohen displayed on record. She'll put a twist on the 1974 song "Why Don't You Try?", which she calls a feminist anthem. "[It's] basically a pep talk to a woman that's just come out of a relationship. I love that: 'You need to hold a leash to be a lady.' You need to have somebody on a string in order to feel like a woman. I just love that line so much, because I see so many men on leashes, you know?"

But she’ll be rendering the song in her own way – which she believes is the only way to approach any of Cohen’s material. "Nobody can mimic Leonard Cohen. He's just the suavest Canadian dude ever. You have to put your own brand on it. I think that's neat about covering Cohen: that it's really up to interpretation.
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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby jarkko » Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:52 pm

Oslo, Norway, April 25, 2017, tribute by Norwegian top artists:
http://www.vg.no/rampelys/musikk/stor-c ... /23874090/
En rekke norske artisttopper – fra Aurora Aksnes (20) til Alf Cranner (80) – går sammen for å hylle avdøde Leonard Cohen med en stor konsert i Oslo Spektrum i april.

Prosjekttittel er «So Long – en uoffisiell minnekonsert for Leonard Cohen» og arrangeres i Oslo Spektrum den 25. april neste år.
Les også: Leonard Cohen – vår mann
Blant artistene som foreløpig er klare finner vi – foruten nevnte Aurora Aksnes og Alf Cranner – navn som Henning Kvitnes, Finn Kalvik, Anneli Drecker, Kirsten Bråten Berg, Paal Flaata, Claudia Scott, Åse Kleveland og Kristian Kristensen.
Prosjektleder er Christer Falck.
– Dette har vært et veldig kjipt år i musikkens navn. Tre av de aller største har dødd, og jeg synes det er rørende at så mange stiller opp. Jeg har vokst opp med en mor og mormor som har dyrket Cohen, så dette er pensum for meg, forteller Falck til VG.
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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby Eva » Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:51 pm

Tribute To Leonard Cohen tribute last night in Montreal, outside -25C, inside the Rialto, our love for Leonard kept us warm... very fitting tribute...time "to cry and laugh about it all again..."


Cohen at Rialto Theatre in

http://montrealgazette.com/entertainmen ... to-benefit

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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby I'm your fan » Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:11 pm

From the link you put, I see songwriter Li'l Andy was one of the performers. I have looked for him in Google (I didn't know him); and I have seen he performed "Democracy" in 2013 in the same place he did the tribute to Leonard yesterday, the Rialto, with Patrick Watson and Little Scream.

We can see the performance in this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24im5rIowCI

(By the way, I think I prefer this cover of "Democracy", by the same singer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMb2sEJBmAg)

Lil'Andy sang "Democracy" with new verses I never had heard before:

It’s not coming to us European style
Concentration camp behind their smile
It’s not coming from the East, with their temporary feast
As Count Dracula Count strolling down the aisle
Yes, we know your baby’s missing but we sided her today
She was cleaning her machine gun, she was waving her eye
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.
Sail on, sail on, o mighty ship of state
To the shores of need
Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on
First we killed the Lord and then we stole the blues.
This gutter people always in the news
But who really gets to laugh behind the black man’s back
When he makes his little crack about the Jews?
Who really gets to profit and who really gets to pay?
Who really rides the slavery ship right into Charleston Bay?
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Does anyone know wether these verses form part of the original lyrics? Did Leonard Cohen wrote them?
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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby B4real » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:40 am

I'm your fan wrote:Does anyone know wether these verses form part of the original lyrics? Did Leonard Cohen wrote them?
Yes, they do and he did but there are a few wrong words written above.
In fact, Leonard wrote at least 60 verses including these and he said there actually exists about three or four versions of Democracy.
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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby I'm your fan » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:37 pm

Thank you, B4Real.
I myself made a transcription of the lyrics while listening to Lil' Andy's cover of the song. I have possibly commited some mistakes making the transcription, so there are a few errors...
In any case, thank you for your answer. After reading your post, I found this 1992 interview with Leonard Cohen, in which he gives details of that song, as well as many other song of his record "The Future", like the song of the same title, or "Closing Time": https://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/zollo.html
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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby Noise Annoys » Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:24 pm

Uncut magazine will be publishing their comprehensive 'Ultimate Music Guide to Leonard Cohen' on January 12th.
Their previous specials (Bowie, Beatles, Who, Dylan, Kinks, Small Faces to name a few) have been excellent, and this is the first time they have done one on Leonard. It promises to be very good.
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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby Andrew (Darby) » Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:02 pm

Below is a touching and very fitting tribute to Leonard, by way of two large posters (4m x 2.5m) placed in horizontal alignment on the external wall of an art gallery located on a busy road here in Melbourne. (I couldn't get them in one shot, as I would've been run over by the traffic. ;-))

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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby Tchocolatl » Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:22 pm

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Re: Tributes to Leonard around the world

Postby mary emma » Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:56 am

Story from Uncut Magazine
A little good news today, you’ll be relieved to hear: the new issue of Uncut should have materialised in UK shops this morning. Our cover star, of course, is Leonard Cohen, and we celebrate his genius with a deep piece by David Cavanagh, plus intimate memories from his closest collaborators, including John Lissauer, Sharon Robinson, Patrick Leonard and Roscoe Beck.

It is Beck who tells us one of the most remarkable stories, remembering a day in Ghent, in 2012, when he got a serious bout of food poisoning and passed out. “When I awoke,” says Beck, “there was Leonard, crouching at the foot of my bed, and looking directly into my face with intense concentration mixed with the utmost of compassion. I didn’t know how long I had been there, or how long he had, but I had the feeling that he had been watching over me the entire time I was out. Opening my eyes and seeing his eyes so intently looking into mine is an experience I will never forget. Management was already talking about cancelling the show and everyone was in panic mode, that is, everyone but Leonard. He spoke to me lightly, ‘Hey Rossie…’ The moment was so emotionally poignant that I could only laugh, and then I said, ‘I’ll be there, Leonard.’ ‘I never doubted it,’ he said.”

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