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Faculty

Barbara Cohen

Voice, Songwriting, Music Production, Scoring for Film & Visual Media
Location: Minneapolis
Website: Barbara Cohen

Barbara Cohen is an accomplished singer/songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer whose work embraces a variety of 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, and releasing critically acclaimed albums, both as a soloist and with Red House Record’s band Farm Accident and Girl & Her Monster Record’s band Little Lizard.  

Barbara Cohen’s ability to blend disparate musical elements extends to her scores for film and television: these range from the heroic orchestral theses for the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Four Winters, to the South American influenced score for the Emmy-nominated POV 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. Her Middle Eastern influenced scores play an intrinsic role in the feature documentaries The Lost Dream PBS/POV and Al Jazeera America’s Words of Witness.

Barbara Cohen’s songs and vocals have also been featured on film and television shows, including Warner Bros’ Red Riding Hood, Fox Pictures’ Broke Down Palace, and NBC primetime series Lipstick Jungle and Third Watch.

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.

As an educator, Barbara Cohen is a faculty instructor for the EMRA (Electronic Music Recording Arts) program, at MacPhail Center for Music. She taught for over twenty years at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles California, where she authored curriculum and instructed classes on Film & Television Scoring, Production & Recording for the Vocalist, as well as, individual instruction for Songwriting and Voice. She has guest lectured at the University of Southern California’s Cinematic & Animation Arts, Art Center College of Design Pasadena, CA, and was a Panelist for CILECT Sound Conference at Chapman University, Orange CA.

Barbara Cohen holds a Bachelor in Music Composition from Musician’s Institute.

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