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. in Art
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 The Return of The Tree People: released in 2022 as a CD and cassette.
Stephen’s recordings on his 3 handed productions label:
The Three-Handed Man (digitally reissued in 2020), Thirty Years Ago: acoustic guitar with Oregon high desert sounds (digitally reissued in 2020), 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
Cistern Symphony: a short film/musical piece created in 2012 by Stephen with a team of artists and musicians deep underground in the Dan Harpole Cistern at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington. It was shown at the AVI Festival in Jerusalem, Israel in 2016.
Stephen's music on has been on several movie soundtracks, including 12 Miles North: The Nick Galbardon Story and Healing Voices.
Performances (numerous festivals and concerts, some of which are listed below):
2020 Be About Love Performance Festival (Stephen was a performer, curator and organizer), 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), Stephen was a performer, curator and organizer de Fuca Festival (Port Angeles, Washington), Arts in Nature Festival (Seattle), World Beat Festival (Salem, Oregon); New Music Gathering, Oregon Country Fair, Pennsylvania Cigar Box Festival, the Cigar Box Guitar Festival at Huntsville, Alabama), Walpurgis MusiekTheater (Mortsel, Belgium), Café Artichoke, Mississippi Studios, The Old Church Concert Hall, Blackfish Gallery, Performance Works Northwest and Classic Pianos (Portland, OR; Project Space (Salem, OR): Spite House (Seattle), Upstage (Port Townsend, Washington), Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos (New Mexico) Inn, Boba Cabaret (Las Cruces, New Mexico), Redwood Bar (Los Angeles), Beatnik Bandito (Santa Ana, CA), Shine (Sacramento, CA), Sidewalk Café and the Bitter End (N.Y.C.); Northampton (Massachusetts) Art Center; W.O.W Hall, Homefried Truckstop, The Loft, Maude Kerns Art Center, the Eugene Saturday Market, the Eugene Celebration, Harvest Fair and the Willamette Valley Folk Festival (Eugene, OR); Long Island Children’s Museum (Garden City, N.Y.), Freight and Salvage Coffee House (Berkeley, CA); Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sausalito, CA); Providence (R.I.) Children's Museum, and the Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia).
Stephen's sculptures Greeter and Play Me and his artwork Face in Space with Hands were part of the Reinvention Exhibit at the Columbia Arts Center in Hood River, Oregon in March 2020. 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 playable musical sculpture, The String King, was a featured piece at the Salem (Oregon) Art Fair in 2017. Stephen's jewelry pieces were exhibited in the 1980’s at Maude KernCenter (Eugene, OR), Wood Gallery (Newport, OR), the Salem Art Festival (Oregon), and the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts (California).
Baggy Red Pants and Other Stories, by 3 Hand Stephen: short stories, poems, lyrics, and visual art
The Return of The Tree People, by Stephen Cohen, Rich Hinrichsen and Julie Keefe: drawings, photos, lyrics, sheet music, stories about the songs.
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; Mendocino (California) Art Center: 2000, Cordero House (Tigard, OR): 1999.