Barbara Cohen is an accomplished composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer whose work expertly embraces a variety of musical genres—from folk to trip-hop, electronica, world and modern-classical music.
Her career as a recording artist includes co-founding the Virgin Records’ band, Brother Sun, Sister Moon, collaborating with England’s rave luminaries, Orbital, singing lead vocals for the French experimental duo, Air, as well as releasing several critically acclaimed solo albums.
Cohen’s ability to effectively blend disparate musical elements extends to her scores for film and television: these range from the Emmy- nominated PBS documentary, The Judge and the General to the dream-like cabaret-influenced HBO feature, Habana Eva and guitar driven score for the MTV feature, Pedro; from the, Middle Eastern arrangements for feature documentaries The Lost Dream PBS/POV and Al Jazeera America’s Words of Witness.
Cohen’s songs and vocals have also been featured on film and television shows, including: Warner Bros.’ Red Riding Hood, as well as Fox Pictures’ Broke Down Palace, director Michael Radford’s Dancing at the Blue Iguana and the NBC primetime series Lipstick Jungle and Third Watch.
Recognized in the industry for both her scoring and songwriting talent as well as her rich vocals, her awards include admittance to the prestigious Sundance Film Composer Lab Fellowship, BMI Conducting Workshop, the Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship Grant for Artistry and Composition and the Minnesota Music Awards for Artist of the Year & Vocalist of the Year.