San Francisco - Greetings From The San Francisco Chapter Board: Jeremy Cohen

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Jeremy Cohen – Violinist

San Francisco Governor

Best part of the SF music scene?

Well, SF is famous for it's independent musicians, filmmakers and artists. As a violin player, I can play jazz one day, classical another, recording sessions the next, and film music.  So many singer songwriters and so many ways to make ones way in the music business. You have to work hard to put it all together, but it really feels as if there isn't a better place to be doing it. So many people involved with the art of what they do as opposed to being driven by the money...I think thats a great thing for the arts in general.

What piece of advice do you wish someone had shared with you?

I think when I came out of school and started working that I had no idea about how much I would need to learn about business in order to keep all the things I do afloat.

I wish I had taken more business and marketing related courses when I was starting out.

Favorite performance venues in SF?

Herbst theatre, Great American Music Hall, Yoshi's Oakland and SF, Freight and Salvage in Berkeley

Most interesting working experience?

Probably in Forever Tango, I was the lead violinist in an all Argentine production of  Forever Tango. This was an amazing learning experience, working with musicians and dancers, many whom did not speak english. I learned a tremendous amount from seeing how intense and invested each of them were in every note they played and in every bit of choreography they danced. These artists were expressing who they were, their culture and history in their performance... every performance... eight times a week with full passion and 110% intensity. It was a great lesson in performance concentration and ethics. 

Advice to a young artist?

Do what you love, don't chase money, chase art. Refine your craft, learn strong fundamentals and pursue what is in your heart. Try to imagine the shortest distance between where you are, and where you want to be. Try not to do things that steer you away from this track. Stay focused and be true to your art, you will not regret it and the world will be a better place for it.