Barbara Cohen is a gifted composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer whose work expertly embraces a variety of musical genres—from folk and roots rock to trip-hop, electronica and world 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 scores for film and television range from the Emmy- nominated PBS documentary, The Judge and the General the HBO Cuban feature, Habana Eva; as well as the, Middle Eastern influenced 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 Red Riding Hood for Warner Bros., Broke Down Palace for Fox Pictures, director Michael Radford’s Dancing at the Blue Iguana and the NBC primetime series Lipstick Jungle and Third Watch.
Her awards include: 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.