Adam Cohen performed at the Glastonbury Festival Sunday night with attendance pegged at more than 100,000 people, and last night he played under starlight in Greece with a 62 piece orchestra.
Manager Jake Gold called in prior to the Athens show and chuckled when we asked whether the promoters would be able to pay him. We didn’t get a definitive answer, but Jake did send us this photograph taken at The Herodeion theatre last night. The Cohens maintain a house on the island of Hydra, so it’s not all work and no play for Jake and Adam in the land of closed banks and the original Homer. Adam’s next stop is the Montreal Jazz Festival's main stage this weekend, and then it is on to Orillia for the Mariposa Folk Festival on July 5.
Adam Cohen with orchestra at The Herodeion theatre in Athens last night. The historic site is situated under the Acropolis, overlooking the illuminated Parthenon. A more magical performance space is hard to imagine. — Photo: Jake Gold
Addendum: Leonard Cohen purchased the house on Hydra in September 1960. It would provide the solitude for writing his novels The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966) and it was there that he met Marianne Jensen, his partner for most of the 1960s and the inspiration behind his song, “So Long, Marianne.” It was also a home that in part inspired son Adam to write the lyrics and title track to his most recent album, We Go Home.