Music for Altered Pieces – Leonard Cohen – remixed
…some Cohen remixed by Gerolf von Lengeling
‘Leonard Cohen has been a major influence for artists, musicians, poets, writers and thinkers for more than 50 years. He is considered as one of the Godfathers of folk and poetic rock and is held in high esteem by musicians, singers and artists. I have personally seen Cohen as a pillar of inspiration and as a master wordsmith whose ability to create disturbing narratives alongside surreal juxtapositioned images. From his achingly beautiful love songs to his social and political critical anthems, Cohen has been a part of our growing up process. His wit, wisdom, humour and cynicism along with melodies thumped out on an old guitar are lasting and meaningful to many generations and to this day, new generations discover him for themselves. At the age of 74, Cohen is still on a world tour playing to sold out audiences.’ ~ Gordon Froud
Each artist has been given a custom made supawood altarpiece with two doors on which to work using their chosen lyric from a Leonard Cohen song. An MP3 player features their song and an alternative version by another performer. Thus the experience is a visual and audio one with very rich imagery.
‘Why an altarpiece? I think the music of Cohen often makes references to various religions, belief systems and religious images that span the depths of Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism. His narratives also lend themselves to this format and allow the artist to work on a singular image or on a series of images. It is not a religious show or interpretation of religion through the eyes of Leonard Cohen, but rather a format like an album that will unify the show.’
Gordon Froud (Curator)