Tal Cohen’s unique piano style owes its roots to the Jewish folk songs and classical music he played in his formative years growing up in Israel.
After moving to Perth at the age of 16, Tal received a music scholarship at Churchlands Senior High School. Upon graduating he continued his music studies at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he completed a bachelor degree, honours and masters in jazz performance.
Tal began performing nationally in 2010 with his involvement in the successful Australian tour of the Jamie Oehlers Quartet, which included shows at Sydney’s 505 and Melbourne’s Bennett’s Lane and Uptown jazz clubs. In the same year he also performed with New York saxophonist, George Garzone.
In July 2011, Tal performed at the Melbourne Jazz Festival in a quartet that featured highly acclaimed New York drummer Ari Hoenig, along with Australia’s Jamie Oehlers on saxophone and Sam Anning on bass. The group then went on to record the album “Smoke and Mirrors” which the group toured around Australia in August 2012. “Smoke and Mirrors” was nominated for two Australian Bell awards and won the ‘Rhythms’ magazine album of the year award. Tal has also had the honour of playing with iconic modern jazz bassist, Bob Hurst in Melbourne and Perth shows in June 2012, alongside Jamie Oehlers and drummer, Jacob Evans.
“Yellow Sticker”, Tal’s first album as a leader, was released in December 2011. Consisting largely of original tunes, it showcases some of Perth’s finest musicians with Jamie Oehlers on saxophone, Chris Tarr on drums and Pete Jeavons on bass. The album enjoyed an enthusiastic reception from local audiences and the Australian newspaper gave it an impressive 4-star review. The album has already had extensive radio airplay in Australia and on radio stations around Los Angeles and was also featured in full length on Israeli radio station, Reshet Bet in April 2012. To promote the album, Tal teamed up with Oehlers again and in October 2012 the duo played shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, joined by highly acclaimed musicians in each city to complete the quartet.
In May 2013 Tal performed a number of shows with world-renowned saxophonist Joe Lovano at the inaugural Perth International Jazz Festival, including a sold-out performance at the Perth Concert Hall to a 1000-large audience. Tal was also honoured to present a set of his original music at this highly successful jazz festival.
Most recently Tal has been chosen as one of 10 semi-finalists in the Wangaratta Jazz Festival’s 2013 piano competition, Australia’s most renowned and fierce jazz competition. He will be performing at the festival early November, vying for the title of Australia’s most talented young pianist.
‘One of the best young jazz talents in Australia’ Jamie Oehlers.
‘Tal Cohen is a fine young jazz pianist . He has a great technique and a real talent for improvising . He is well on his way to making an esteemed contribution to Australian and international contemporary jazz piano’ Sean Wayland
“…two standards are included: a luscious interpretation of the ballad Everything Happens to Me and Tadd Dameron’s On a Misty Night, where Cohen plays a marvellously innovative lengthy solo of romantic introspection, swinging sequences and skillful chordal construction. An impressive debut for an outstanding pianist” John Macbeath (The Australian Newspaper)
“Tal Cohen is among the best of a very few young inspired pianist I’ve encountered in my travels… We played together at the first annual Perth Jazz Festival 2013…, Tal’s playing is full of passion, focus and creativity… He was a joy to share the stage with… “Joe Lovano
‘Tal is a very talented and disciplined piano improviser. He is a special talent that needs to be heard… check him out’ George Garzone
“Tal Cohen is a very talented young pianist with a very bright future.” Aaron Goldberg