“A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen” is the successful creative production of KVMR News Director and foothills promoter/musician, Paul Emery. In 2011, fourteen musicians and one poet assembled for three stellar sold out evenings at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley and then reprised the event for two similar nights at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. The eight-piece band and six singers, all notables from the Grass Valley/Nevada City area, bring the instrumentation of Cohen's most recent touring band with woodwinds, strings, guitars and keyboards and back-up singers. A live recording has resulted and gets regular airings on their excellent community radio KVMR.
Leonard Cohen at 77, is topping the Amazon Chart right now at # 1. His brand new CD, Old Ideas, true to ancient traditions of mystical poetry, has the singer speaking to a lover-- or to God. He is America’s pop elder, making music for an audience hungry for maturity.
Producer Paul Emery says, “The chemistry between the musicians and the Leonard Cohen's music made for a magical performance. "The concerts exceeded all expectations. We're thrilled to have a chance to perform the show again in Sacramento.” The idea to do this concert came after Emery attended two of Cohen’s concerts and decided to make this music come alive in Nevada County. "We have the musicians and singers to make this happen and we did in grand style" Emery says. ~~~~~
One of the most fascinating and enigmatic singer/songwriters of the late '60s, Leonard Cohen has retained an audience across four decades of music-making interrupted by various digressions into personal and creative exploration, all of which have only added to the mystique surrounding him. Emerging in the 1960s as a public literary figure and then a performer, Cohen remains one of the most compelling musical figures of his era, and one of the very few of that era who commands as much respect and attention in the 21st century as he did in 20th. As much as any survivor of that decade, Cohen has held onto his original audience and has seen it grow across generations, in keeping with a body of music that is truly timeless and ageless.
In 2006, his enduring influence was acknowledged in Lions Gate Films' release of Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, director Lian Lunson's concert/portrait of Cohen and his work and career. A performance set, Live in London, was released in 2009. In 2010, the DVD/CD package Songs from the Road was issued, documenting his 2008 world tour and revisiting songs from each part of his career. The tour covered 84 dates and sold over 700,000 tickets worldwide.