Poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen (1934 – 2016) is a musical legend, who has touched the hearts of millions around the world with songs like "Suzanne" and "Hallelujah". To cover his work and to capture its magic is a true challenge for any musician – but even more so for a soloist, who cannot rely on elaborate band arrangements or seductive female backing vocals.
But Martin Kubetz makes it work! With his warm baritone and virtuoso piano playing, he delivers a compelling performance that truly brings Cohen’s spirit to life. Without trying to copy the uncopyable, Kubetz surprises his listeners with his original and sensitive interpretations, covering an emotional breadth from vulnerably tender to contagiously humorous and energetic. He completes his show with atmospheric recitations and anecdotes that invite the audience to dive even deeper into the world of Leonard Cohen.
A treat for Cohen fans – and everyone with an open (or a broken) heart ...Videos
from German newspapers (translated)
"Exceptional singer and pianist Martin Kubetz enchanted the audience … Once more, 'Kubetz sings Cohen' was a feast not only for Cohen fans, but generally for the eye, ear and heart"
"Leonard Cohen is unique, copying him is completely impossible. But what works is to interpret his songs with a distinct personal note. And Kubetz succeeds brilliantly in doing so ... Long applause for the performer"
"An affectionate homage to the great song poet ... Kubetz took the liberty to give the master’s songs a very individual outfit. The resulting show made you want to listen very carefully – to Cohen’s lyrics, and especially to what Kubetz made of them ... The audience demanded several encores"
"... shining Cohen interpretations”
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Martin Kubetz (1970, Munich area, Germany) has composed, sung und performed music all his life. Starting with the classical piano, he has added many instruments to his repertoire over the years, some of them self-taught – such as guitar, accordion, flute and oud (the Arabic lute). He has performed on stage since the early 1990s, both in bands and as a soloist, and has received professional singing training since 2005. Covering a wide variety of styles, he also composes music for theatre productions, and has released two CDs with self-written songs in the German language. Even though he holds a university degree in education, he prefers working as a professional musician.
It wasn't until the age of 35 that Kubetz "caught the Cohen virus" when seeking lyrical inspiration for his own music. Wishing to give his own interpretation to the master’s songs, Kubetz single-handedly conceived and arranged “Kubetz sings Cohen”. Ever since, he has captivated audiences with his deeply felt interpretations and sophisticated arrangements. And like a good wine, he just gets better with age!
At the International Leonard Cohen Event in Budapest in 2018, Kubetz had the chance to really put his show to the test, performing for a house full of Cohenites – and receiving a standing ovation from a moved audience.
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