Best Videos Of 2013 Leonard Cohen Tour: Who By Fire, Featuring Javier Mas – Brussels

fireAnd who by fire, who by water,
Who in the sunshine, who in the night time,
Who by high ordeal, who by common trial,
Who in your merry merry month of may,
Who by very slow decay,
And who shall I say is calling?

Leonard Cohen, featuring Javier Mas – Who By Fire
Brussels: June 30, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Best 2013 Leonard Cohen Videos: is featuring selections from the current Best Of 2013 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist, which comprises the best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2013 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour

Video: Jackson Browne & Javier Mas Perform Your Bright Baby Blues – Barcelona 2015


In keeping up with Leonard Cohen’s musicians,1 we find Javier Mas performing with Jackson Browne in Barcelona.jmJackson Browne & Javier Mas  – Your Bright Baby Blues
Barcelona: June 3, 2015

Credit Due Department: I was alerted to this video by Laurence of Paris

  1. See, for example, Video: Big Cat Performs “Stand Up Man” By Roscoe Beck []

Javier Mas Talks About Touring With Leonard Cohen – July 2014 Interview


In a July 1 radio interview (broadcast July 11, 2014), Javier Mas, who plays 12 string acoustic guitar, bandurria, laud and archilaud in Leonard Cohen’s band, talks about how he came to be hired for the tour, his freedom as a performer, his relationship with and assessment of Leonard Cohen, and more. While many points are intriguing (e.g., the role Anjani Thomas played in recommending Mas to Cohen for the Tour and the problems with the American musicians’ union), my two favorite specific anecdotes follow:

1. When Leonard Cohen first called him to ask about the arrangements he had done for the 2007 tribute album, Javier Mas tried to defer the discussion because he mistook the Canadian singer-songwriter for “an African friend who also has a deep voice.”

2. Javier Mas admits to initially feeling embarrassed when Leonard Cohen, who, as Mas notes “is older than me,” would kneel to sing to him. Mas first made a face to signal “do not do this.”Then, at intermission,

I said I was embarrassed and told him to do it no more. Leonard told me he was excited to do it … and since [then he] does every concert.

Now, Cohen kneeling before him has become an inspiration with Mas replying to Cohen’s singing with the guitar.

Update: Also see Video: “Who By Fire” Featuring The Exquisite Guitar Of Javier Mas – 2013 Leonard Cohen Vienna Concert

jmasboloThe interview was originally broadcast on Spanish radio and is now also available as a transcript. Both the broadcast and the text (both in Spanish) can be found at El músico español que puso a Cohen de rodillas by Alfonso Cardenal. Cadena Ser: July 1, 2014.

English text via Google Translate: The Spanish Musician Who Had Knees Cohen The title notwithstanding, the Google English translation is readable with no more than reasonable effort.

Leonard Cohen Online Directory: This recording is the first entry in the Spanish Video Or Audio Recordings section of the Leonard Cohen Online Directory

Credit Due Department: A special thanks goes to CHEMA of Barcelona,m who alerted me to this interview. The photo atop this post as taken at the Oct 12, 2010 Ljubljana show by Maja Kogej. The second photo is a screen capture from video taken at Nov 20, 2010 Leonard Cohen concert at Hanging Rock.

Note: Originally posted July 12, 2104 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos & Video: Leonard Cohen, A Life In Art – Austin Oct 30, 2012

kutLeonard Cohen, A Life In Art, the Oct 30, 2012 KUT-sponsored program featuring Leonard Cohen’s entire band and backup singers (other than Neil Larsen) and Sylvie Simmons has (deservedly) proven a highlight for Cohen fans.  Consequently, I’m happy to find that KUT has uploaded the video of the program. In addition to a discussion of Leonard Cohen’s work, the video includes these performances:

  • Alexandra Leaving – Sharon Robinson:
  • Show Me The Place  – Webb Sisters
  • Nancy [instrumental] – Band
  • Coming Back To You – Webb Sisters

The photos below are from Bob Kinney’s post, The Wonder of Leonard Cohen – Halloween 2012 Austin, which also includes his impressive report on both the Leonard Cohen, A Life In Art program and the Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin concert.

Video: Leonard Cohen, A Life In Art
KUT: Austin Oct 30, 2012

Originally posted Nov 4, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Gwen Goes To Ghent, Gets Her Leonard Cohen Groove Back – 2012


Co-starring Mandy MacLeod, Adam Cohen, Sharon Robinson, Charley & Hattie Webb, Robert Kory, Neil Larsen, Javier Mas, Mitch Watkins, Rafael Gayol, Chris Bynum, Joey Carenza …

Once upon a time, in a land far away ….

No, that isn’t quite the right tone for this screenplay. The story of how Gwen Langford took Belgium, summarized from her own report, is less a fairy tale than the account of a crusade, a mission inspired by passion and carried out with unrelenting energy.

The story begins with the discovery by the two stalwarts pictured above, Gwen Langford and Mandy MacLeod, that the 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour would begin in Ghent, which is no more than, oh, 700 miles or so from Gwen’s home base in Ireland. (The distance is actually an anticlimactic element of the plot; the last trip Gwen & Mandy took to a Cohen concert was a flight to Las Vegas – yep, the one in Nevada.)

And thus it came to pass that our intrepid pilgrim-warriors entered the walled city of Ghent with no more than the token resistance offered by airline and hotel bureaucracies, high prices, limited resources, and the heat.

The initial contact with Cohen forces took place at the first night’s fan meet-up at a bar close to the concert. Gwen & Mandy scored their first victories, bagging the spoils: photos and autographs from the Webb Sisters and Sharon Robinson.

Next, their intelligence networks having yielded the name of the hotel where the band and crew were in residence, Gwen and Mandy bivouacked there, living off the land. Subsisting largely on liberated rations of Kriek beer and enduring the rigors of institutional air conditioning, they identified, encountered, and successfully engaged with management staff as well as band and crew members, including (from left to right in the series of images below) Robert Kory, Neil Larsen, Javier Mas, Roscoe Beck, and Mitch Watkins.

Soon, however, it was necessary to journey to another fortress – Adam Cohen’s concert in Brussels. Here too, Gwen proved triumphant, Adam negotiating peace terms with hugs, kisses on the cheek as per diplomatic protocol, and photos. He finalized the treaty by signing a photo of himself and his father.


Of course, these were only preliminary skirmishes en route to the main objective – Field Commander Cohen himself. Upon contact, Cohen’s recognition of Gwen was immediate with hugs, autographs, and photos ensuing.

Displayed below are the emblems of victory.

Epilogue: Gwen & Mandy have since returned to their headquarters – but not just to live happily ever after. Instead, they are, of course, recouping in preparation for their next Cohen campaign.

Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post is by J.S. Carenza III. Photos of Gwen and the various members of Leonard Cohen’s troupe are by Mandy MacLeod. The photo of Leonard Cohen and the rose is by Gwen Langford.

Originally posted Sept 3, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs The Gypsy’s Wife Featuring Javier Mas & Alex Bublitchi – London 2013

gyp1There is some intermittent shaky camera work but the picture is clear and the audio is good. Javier Mas opens the song with a solo, and a brilliant violin solo by Alex Bublitchi begins at 3:20


Leonard Cohen – The Gypsy’s Wife
London: Sept 15, 2013
Video: FrostbiteZ1

Note: Originally posted Sept 17, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

High Quality Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover Featuring Javier Mas – Bratislava 2009

lovrvrYes and lover, lover, lover
Lover, lover, lover, lover
Come back to me

Javier Mas takes the lead at the beginning of this song and plays an extended solo beginning at 3:33.


Leonard Cohen – Lover, Lover, Lover
Bratislava: August 28, 2009
Video by albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Aug 31, 2009 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric