Bruno Heinen / Rachael Cohen
11 Gillett Square
Empathy is the name of the game, as saxophonist Rachael Cohen’s “softly devious approach” (Guardian) strikes sparks with pianist Heinen’s expansive lyricism.
A fine way to open an evening of great jazz at the Vortex.
Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary improvising pianist, composer and educator who has released five albums under his own name on the forward looking Babel Label :
Postcard to Bill Evans
Changing of the Seasons
Bruno has worked with artists such as Reem Kelani, Julian Siegel, Stan Sultzman, Jean Toussaint, Julian Arguelles, Pete Saberton, Byron Wallen, Ben Kraef, Antonio Fusco, and Heidi Vogel amongst others.
He has performed in venues and festivals including the Southank Centre, Ronnie Scott's , the Vortex , the Shanghai World Music Festival, the EFG London Jazz Festival, the Cork Jazz Festival, the Rest Is Noise Festival, Cadogan Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall. He has had his music played on BBC radio 3, Jazz LineUp, Late Junction, BBC6 Music, BBC Scotland, in Austria, Canada, and the USA, as well as giving live broadcasts and interviews for the BBC.
Bruno studied classical piano at the Royal College of music with the then head of keyboard Andrew Ball and then went on to win prizes from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Countess of Munster Trust to take his Jazz masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied under the late, inspirational pianist John Taylor. Bruno was asked to stay on at the Guildhall as a Junior Fellow where he completed a Masters of Musical Performance.
The London-based alto saxophonist and composer is one of the brightest emerging stars of her generation. Her skills as a composer and improviser have gained her a great deal of attention in the UK and beyond. The Guardian notes:
'Cohen takes a softly devious approach reminiscent of Lee Konitz - but, as with the canny Cool School veteran, the quietness is deceptive and the subtlety is in the weighting of phrases and the hipness with which she plays off the rhythm section.'
Originally hailing from the Shetland Islands, Rachael began her musical education on the piano at age 4. She picked up the saxophone five years later, and kindled an early passion for improvisation. When she was 12, Miss Cohen's family moved south from the Shetland Islands to Edinburgh, and she enrolled in the acclaimed City of Edinburgh Music School. There she studied with some of the UK's most admired musicians, including saxophonist Martin Kershaw and pianist Lynda Cochrane.
As lead Alto for a number of years in both the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and Tommy Smith's Youth Jazz Orchestra, she cut her teeth early playing alongside great British and International artists and regularly frequenting venues top Jazz venues across the UK.
In 2006, Rachael won a scholarship to enroll in Jazz Studies at The Birmingham Conservatoire to study with Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, Mike Williams, Hans Koller, and the late Tony Levin. Additionally, she sought out opportunities to study with artists Dave Holland, George Garzone, Lee Konitz, Mike Gibbs, Donny McCaslin,Ingrid Laubrock, Larry Grenadiar and Jon Irabagon during their local engagements.
2012 saw Rachael record her critically-acclaimed debut album 'Halftime' on Michael Janisch's Whirlwind Recordings, which catapulted Cohen's reputation to one of the premier new voices of her generation in the UK's jazz and improvised music scene. Featuring top UK guitarist Phil Robson, 'Halftime' was highly praised nationwide and overseas upon it's release in 2013 with four star reviews from major publications and earning her a spot in MOJO magazines top ten Jazz albums of 2014.