By John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald

This one instantly passes the hairs-on-the-back-of-the-neck test – that slightly creepy chill, not unlike the first waft of cool night air following a hot day in the desert. After a Jewish upbringing, Chicago-based pianist/composer Ryan Cohan only reconnected with his estranged Arab father and the paternal side of his family as an adult. Cue an epiphany – one that saw Cohan set about reconciling the two sides of his ancestry in music. So Jewish and Arabic threads and patterns intermingle and leap from the surface of a fabric that is essentially jazzy in texture. Read more here.



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