Saturday January 9, 2016
4th Annual Alejandro Escovedo Experience: The Leonard Cohen Influence
Beginning in January 2012, one of Austin’s favorite sons orchestrated a specially created musical celebration; today, as described by writer Peter Blackstock, “the annual ACL Live at the Moody show has become an appropriate way to kick off the new year with a spirit of big dreams and bold visions.”
For the 4th annual event, which returns ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO to an Austin stage for the first time since September 2015, and, rings in his January 10 birthday, “Austin’s most illustrious bandleader” will celebrate with The Alejandro Escovedo Experience: The Leonard Cohen Influence. A night of music, and musicians, inspired by a renaissance man and one of the greatest storytellers of the last 100 years. A musician, songwriter, poet, novelist, painter, whose sublime catalog of work has influenced and helped shaped a generation of artists, Alejandro among them. Writes Jon Pareles of the New York Times, “The solo albums Escovedo began making in 1992 fit no ready-made genre; they are profoundly and complexly moving. Even when he's pounding out a garage-band stomp, there's a somber core to his songs, a recognition of irrevocable loss and lasting sorrow that places him alongside songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Neil Young.” www.alejandroescovedo.com
Special guests are veteran singer-songwriter and longtime Cohen collaborator, Julie Christensen (www.stonecupid.com); Grammy-nominated producer, composer, guitarist and longtime Cohen collaborator, Mitch Watkins (www.mitchwatkins.com) ; and returning, Elias Haslanger (www.elijazz.com) with his award-winning soul jazz quintet, (rated 4.5 stars by premier jazz magazine Downbeat), as well as longtime members of the Alejandro Escovedo Orchestra on cello.
The evening will feature selections from the rich Cohen catalog, newly charted and orchestrated by Alejandro, as well as a set of his songs inspired by Leonard Cohen. Christensen’s work with Cohen will also be highlighted. “He finds ways to make older material sound new again in this ambitious and memorable evening” (Blackstock)