CV: Stephen Cohen
Education: Pawtucket West High School, Pawtucket, R.I. 1965-1968
Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass., 1968-1971 (left school to travel across the United States)
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 1980-1982, B.A. (Fine Arts/Jewelry and Metalsmithing)
Albums with Stephen’s acoustic ensemble The Tree People:
The Tree People: Original vinyl album self-released in 1979
reissued as a CD in 2006 by Tiliqua Records of Japan
reissued as a vinyl album in 2008 by Guerssen Records of Spain
No More School, Stephen’s solo guitar piece from the album, is included in Guitar Soli, Wayfaring Strangers, an acoustic guitar compilation released in 2009 by the Numero Group of Chicago.
Human Voices: Original cassette album self-released in 1984 reissued as a vinyl album and CD in 2009 by Guerssen Records of Spain
It’s My Story: released in 2010 as a vinyl album and CD by Guerssen Records of Spain
Stephen’s recordings on his 3 Handed Productions label:
Where Do We Go? 2018, 3 String Stephen Plays Cigar Box Guitar: 2014, by hand: 2012, Here Comes the Band: 2006, Stephen and the Talk Talk Band: 2004, real life and fiction: 2000, Many Hats: 1995
Films and videos:
The Cistern Symphony: a short film and musical piece created by Stephen with a team of artists and musicians deep underground amidst the echoes in the Dan Harpole Cistern at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington. It was selected and shown at the AVI Festival in Jerusalem, Israel in 2016.
Other short films by Stephen featuring his original music: Rain, Rain, Rain and Garden of Bees.
Music videos created by Stephen featuring his original songs: Where Do We Go?, Baseball, Baseball, and Your Bus is Late.
Performances (numerous festivals and concerts, some of which are listed below):
South by Southwest Music Festival (Austin, Texas), Concert in the Fields, Art OMI (Ghent, N.Y.), Musique Disperses Festival (Spain), First Night Festival (Providence, R.I.), Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival (Texas), The Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle), Juan de Fuca Festival (Port Angeles, Washington), Arts in Nature Festival (Seattle), World Beat Festival (Salem, Oregon); Pennsylvania Cigar Box Festival, the 12th Annual Cigar Box Festival (Huntsville, Alabama).Walpurgis MusiekTheater, deFENIKS Art Center (Mortsel, Belgium), Café Artichoke, Mississippi Studios, The Old Church Concert Hall, Blackfish Gallery, and Performance Works Northwest (Portland, Oregon); Project Space (Salem, OR): Spite House (Seattle), Upstage (Port Townsend, Washington), Redwood Bar (Los Angeles), Beatnik Bandito (Santa Ana, CA), Shine (Sacramento, CA), Sidewalk Café and the Bitter End (N.Y.C.); Northampton Arts Center (Massachusetts); W.O.W Hall, and the Homefried Truckstop (Eugene, OR); Long Island Children’s Museum (Garden City, N.Y.), Freight and Salvage Coffee House (Berkeley, CA); Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sausalito, CA); and the Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia).
Stephen’s playable musical sculpture, The String King, was a featured piece at the Salem (Oregon) Art Fair in 2017.Stephen installed his Family of Musical Sculptures as a featured visual artist at the Joshua Tree Music Festival in California and the Wilsonville Festival of Arts in Oregon (where Stephen led the festival parade) in 2019. Stephen’s art and jewelry pieces were exhibited in the 1980’s at Maude Kern Arts Center (Eugene, OR), Wood Gallery (Newport, OR), the Salem Art Festival (Oregon), and the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts (California).
Residencies: (some of Stephen’s Artist Residencies):
deFENIKS Art Center, Mortsel, Belgium, 2017; 2017 Music OMI fellow, Ghent, N.Y.; Salem Art Association Artist in Residence, Salem, Oregon, 2017, Wilsonville High School, Wilsonville, Oregon: 2001 and 2013; Jack Straw Cultural Center (Seattle): 2015; Centrum Arts, Fort Worden, Port Townsend, Washington: 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011; Falls City (Oregon) Elementary School: 2005; P:EAR (an arts and mentoring place for homeless youth in Portland, OR): 2003; Cordero House (Tigard, OR): 1999.