"Coupled with the richness of Leonard Cohen’s writing, your arrangements, and the seasoned musicianship each of you bring, the show left me deeply touched... ...one of the most rewarding evenings of entertainment I can remember, not just here, but anywhere."
- Jordan Fisher Smith
Paul Emery and Swell Productions presents A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, a reprise of Emery's triumphant tribute to one of the most fascinating and enigmatic singer/songwriters of all time. This is the first area performance since the large ensemble brought it to last summer's prestigious "Music In The Mountains" Summer Series at the Nevada Co. Fairgrounds.
The lineup includes stellar northern California musicians — Anni McCann, Kimberly Bass, Eleanore MacDonald, Paul Emery, Pat Jacobsen, Shay Dillon, Peter Wilson, Stephen Holland, Perry Mills, Beau Askew, Tom Schmidt, Brady Mills & Arthur Gould.
New to the production in 2018 is the addition of San Francisco light show pioneer, George Holden. In 1960s-1970s, he created light shows at the Fillmore and Maritime Hall behind the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Santana and many more. He was one of the featured artists in Berkeley in May 2017 at the Pacific Film Archives "Headlights" concert as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Recently, he has presented at the Crocker Museum, The Crest Theatre and The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.
This will be the first time there will be a lightshow and live cinema accompanying the large ensemble presentation.Vintage images and footage of Cohen will be part of the mix. http://www.liquidlightshow.org/
A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen is the successful creative production of KVMR News Director and foothills promoter/musician Paul Emery. In 2011, the group assembled for three sold-out evenings at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley and went on to perform at the Nevada Theatre and 24th Street Theatre in Sacramento. They have since performed the show a total of fourteen times, selling out eleven of those shows. The eight-piece band and six singers bring the instrumentation of Cohen’s most recent touring band with woodwinds, strings, guitars and keyboards and back-up singers.
About the Show:
Four decades after he emerged as a public literary figure and then a performer, Leonard Cohen remains one of the most compelling and fascinating musical figures of his era, and one of the very few from that time who still commands as much respect and attention, and probably as large an audience, in the 21st century as he did in the 1960s.
“For some people Cohen’s music is just beginning to resonate,” Emery said. “His melodies are timeless. His poetry is deep and profound, and constantly offers new insights and reactions years after their first hearing. The lyrical depth and beauty of Leonard Cohen's music is an endless well of inspiration to those who love his music. The songs never grow old and each performance reveals a new layer of inspiration to the audience and players alike.”
Singer Kimberly Bass adds, “His music has a richness that stirs the soul. For me, it’s the way he looks at the world and our humanness, our nakedness in this harsh yet beautiful world.”
The idea to organize the tribute show came to Emery after traveling with local musician Anni McCann to see Cohen on his 2010 World Tour.
“Paul and I had both just seen his live show, where you could say he quite literally levitated his audience,” said McCann, who sings iconic Cohen songs such as “Dance Me to the End of Love” and “Joan of Arc” with Emery during the show.
“When Paul asked about doing a show to celebrate Cohen’s music, at first I thought, ‘What the heck are you thinking Paul? Leonard is still touring!’ Then I began combing through his extensive list of recordings, all the while discovering the vast richness of his repertoire. I was definitely in!”
Emery spent months listening to all of Cohen’s music. He set out to capture the instrumentation and arrangements of the music and band on that tour, specifically Cohen’s use of a variety of singers to carry the vocals. Emery reached out to the many local musicians he had worked with over the last 40 years on various productions to see if they were game. Bassist Pat Jacobsen became the show’s music director and took leadership of charting all of the arrangements and leading the band in rehearsals and on stage through over 17 of Cohen’s songs, including “Suzanne,” “I’m Your Man” and “Hallelujah”, among others.