Brooklyn-based composer and multimedia artist-producer Nell Shaw Cohen writes lyrically expressive, visually evocative music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, solo voice, choir, wind ensemble, and rock band. The JACK Quartet, New York University Symphony, WordSong, and members of The Chelsea Symphony and A Far Cry, among others, have performed her music in museums, concert halls, theaters, and salons.

Cohen also produces videos, multimedia installations, and educational interactive media. Her unique projects such as The Faraway Nearby have been viewed by thousands online.

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Featured Compositions and Multimedia Projects

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Point Reyes from Chimney Rock (2014)

Orchestral tone poem commissioned by the NYU Symphony and premiered on March 3, 2014 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York, NY. Conducted by David Rosenmeyer.

The Coming of Spring (2014)

A one-act monodrama for tenor and chamber ensemble inspired by the life and paintings of Charles E. Burchfield. Learn more about the April 2014 workshop performance and listen to a complete scene at thecomingofspring.com

California Zephyr (2014)

Video and music for piccolo, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, and cello. Filmed from the California Zephyr Amtrak train over three days, traveling from Chicago to San Francisco. Music recorded live by the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Horizon: New York (2014)

Video production and music composition for two versions of a short dance film created with dancer-choreographer Callie Lyons and cellist Fjóla Evans. Filmed at two city parks in Brooklyn. Below is version #1; view version #2 on YouTube.

The Winding Path (2013)

String Quartet performed by The JACK Quartet. Learn about this performance.

Watercolors (2011)

A Musical Tribute to Charles Burchfield at the Parrish Art Museum performed by The Chelsea Quintet. Learn about Watercolors.

The Faraway Nearby: Georgia O'Keeffe and the New Mexico Landscape (2010)

Original video and score for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, and cello.
Learn about The Faraway Nearby.

Music Inspired by Art

This short video explores Cohen's multimedia concert programs featuring music inspired by visual art. Learn about Cohen's music inspired by art.

Beyond the Notes

Unique online multimedia experiences exploring the visual, literary, and performing arts, from installations integrating music and video to interactive documentaries exploring music history.

Visit beyondthenotes.org for an overview of all current projects.

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