Estar Cohen ft. Galen Bundy & Travis Aukerman
Friday, June 21 @ 6pm
The O&W Acoustic Stage
Composer and jazz vocalist Estar Cohen will amaze you with her gentle cascading arrangements of lovely jazz and spirited improvisations with her ensemble of Galen Bundy on piano and Travis Aukerman on percussion. The Ypsilanti musician, poet, and educator received the 2018 Herb Albert Young Jazz Composers Awards for “Endings” from the American Society of Composers, Artists, and Performers (ASCAP) Foundation. The honor came with a billing at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. She told ASCAP that “the voice is a deep, versatile and powerful instrument.” Trained at University of Toledo, she has performed alongside Jon Hendricks, Peter Eldridge, Tad Weed, Fabian Almazan, Pete Siers, David Bixler, Vinny Golia, and Ken Filiano, among others. New York City’s acclaimed Vocal Mania series (run by Janis Siegel of Manhattan Transfer and Lauren Kinhan of The New York Voices) featured her as an up-and-coming artist opening for legendary jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan. Her ensemble is dedicated to performing original music that reflects her exploration in poetry, composition, and the deep curiosity of the stories that define us.