Brilliant Photos: The 2013 Leonard Cohen Wellington Concert Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa – Gallery 2

well24Photos by Maarten Massa. More shots from this concert can be found at Leonard Cohen, Wellington NZ – December 17 2013: Gallery 1

 


Note: Originally posted Dec 20, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Brilliant Photos: The Dec 17, 2013 Leonard Cohen Wellington Concert Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa

w19In addition to the photo of an intense Leonard Cohen atop this post, I’m especially taken by the shots of Sharon Robinson (directly below) and Roscoe Beck (at the bottom of the post).

Photos by Maarten Massa. More shots from this concert can be found at Leonard Cohen, Wellington NZ – December 17 2013: Gallery 2

Brilliant Photos: The 2013 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa – Gallery 3

971441_10202096654202180_503503819_nPhotos by Maarten Massa. I’m especially taken with the shot of an ebullient Mitch Watkins previously posted at Mitch Watkins Joyfully Accepts “The Golden Fist of Marrakesh” – 2013 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert. More shots from this concert can be found at Gallery 1 and Gallery 2

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Video: Leonard Cohen’s Exquisite Performance Of Suzanne – July 14, 2012 Los Angeles Rehearsal

Featuring Alex Bublitchi On Violin

Video posted by Mark Romanek

From the Vimeo Description:

In the summer of 2012, Leonard invited me to see his tour rehearsal. I assumed there would be several dozen people there, but I was the only one he had invited. It took a few songs for it to fully sink in that I was essentially being given a private concert. During a break, I asked him if it would be okay if I shot some video on my iPhone. He immediately agreed. “It helps me to have some distractions,” he said. I’ve only shown this footage to a few friends. I hope you enjoy it.

While the location is not indicated, the 2012 tour rehearsals were held at at Studio Instrument Rentals (SIR) in Los Angeles.

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Leonard Cohen Rehearsal at SIR – June 30, 2012

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to this video. Photo of SIR rehearsal taken by J.S. Carenza III

Revealing Photos From The August 28, 2012 Leonard Cohen Bergen Concert

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I urge viewers to take a close look at this set of photos from the August 28, 2012 Leonard Cohen Bergen Concert because they, to borrow Pete Purnell’s phrasing, capture moments and subtle gestures that are rarely caught in the photos of the all too familiar poses favored by editors of media sites.

These photos are the work of jarlehm. These shots, along with other selections from this concert and some amazing photos of other, distinctly non-Cohenesque musicians, including Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Rhianna, … can be found.

Worthy of special note are

  • The photos of Sharon Robinson (with Leonard Cohen in Image #2), Javier Mas (Image #3), Roscoe Beck (Image #6), Hattie Webb ((Image #8), and Alex Bublitchi.(Image #11), all of which show the intense concentration and focus of these musicians not during their flamboyant solos or when they are otherwise in the spotlight but during routine, non-dramatic moments. This is not a troupe that ever phones it in.
  • I’m always taken with black and white shots of Leonard Cohen, which seem to bring out the dignity of the man. These three (Images #5, 9, & 12) are are good examples.
  • The photo with percussionist Rafael Gayol, barely visible behind Leonard Cohen (Image #13), somehow managing to look like a mischievous youngster having great fun on his drum set where Dad can’t see him.
  • Image #1 – OK, I admit it’s almost cheating to select for display here a shot of Leonard Cohen beaming like that since that’s what every fan wants to see (which raises the question, who is working for whose smile?). Sue me.
  • The final photo (Image #14) showing the audience in stark black and white is just stunning.

Note: Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric