A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen is the successful creative production of KVMR News Director and foothills promoter/musician Paul Emery. Fourteen musicians bring to the stage the instrumentation of Cohen’s most recent touring bands with woodwinds, strings, guitars, keyboards and back-up singers.
“Coupled with the richness of Leonard Cohen’s writing, your arrangements, and the seasoned musicianship each of you bring, the show left me deeply touched… …one of the most rewarding evenings of entertainment I can remember, not just here, but anywhere.” – Jordan Fisher Smith
The lineup includes: Paul Emery, Anni McCann, Kimberly Bass, Eleanore MacDonald, Shay Dillon, Pat Jacobsen, Peter Wilson, Stephen Holland, Rick Kirkpatrick, Tom Schmidt, Mark McCartney, Brady Mills and Arthur Gould.
Four decades after he emerged as a public literary figure and then a performer Leonard Cohen remains one of the most compelling and fascinating musical figures of his era, and one of the very few from that time who still commands as much respect and attention, and probably as large an audience, in the 21st century as he did in the 1960s.
“For many people Cohen’s music is just beginning to resonate,” Emery said. “His melodies are timeless. His poetry is deep and profound, and constantly offers new insights and reactions years after their first hearing.”
Emery spent months listening to all of Cohen’s music. He set out to capture the instrumentation and arrangements of the music and band on that tour, specifically Cohen’s use of a variety of singers to carry the vocals. Emery reached out to the many local musicians he had worked with over the last 40 years on various productions to see if they were game. Bassist Pat Jacobsen became the show’s music director and took leadership of charting all of the arrangements and leading the band in rehearsals and on stage through over 17 of Cohen’s songs, including “Suzanne,” “I’m Your Man” and “Hallelujah”, among others.
Guest Artist Bio
The “Nevada City Live” series marks Paul Emery’s 41st anniversary of producing concerts and gatherings that create unforgettable moments for both the performers and attendees. He has organized concerts for legendary artists such as Richie Havens and Johnny Winter along with supported up and coming musicians including MaMuse and Mark Growden and assembled local musicians for special one-night productions such as A Thousands Kisses Deep the songs of Leonard Cohen and benefit concerts for local non-profits and community causes.
Emery started producing concerts for his band at the Nevada Theatre in the early 70s. His productions continued throughout the 1980’s and included the North Columbia Folk Festival from 1986-1991. In between organizing and promoting concerts and festivals, Emery toured Europe four times and performed for the Queen of England when she visited Sacramento in 1983. In 1984 he opened Bennett House Recording Studio in Grass Valley and started a record label bearing the same name. During this time, Emery served as the engineer on two Jonathan Richman’s albums, “Jonathan Richman (S/T)” and “Jonathan Richman and Modern Lovers 88”, both recorded at Bennett House.
In 1996, Emery took over as Program Director at KVMR Radio and started the News Department. Emery became Executive Director at the Center for the Arts in 2000 and for eight years handled the booking and artistic direction of the Center. In 2008 he returned to KVMR and is currently the News Director. He has since produced shows at the Center for the Arts, Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Nevada Theatre. In 2012, Emery was awarded the prestigious Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts award by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for his contribution and support of the performing arts in Nevada County.
Saturday, July 1, 2017 8:00pm
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
In the 1960’s, they took us “Up, Up and Away” with the Fifth Dimension. In the 1970’s they sang “You Don’t Have to Be a Star, Baby.” For six decades their love story has inspired their songs. Hear them perform “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” ” Worst That Could Happen,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” and other chart toppers!
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. have enjoyed tremendous success through the years as recording artists, performers and authors. They have received 7 Grammy Awards and earned 15 gold and 3 platinum records, and enjoyed starring roles on television and stage. They have performed to sold-out concerts around the world. They are currently celebrating 40 years in the entertainment business with a musical tribute to the hits and productions that have made up their multi-faceted careers.
The husband and wife team celebrate 38 years of marriage in 2007. In 2004 the couple wrote a book, which shares their secrets of staying happy and committed to each other in Hollywood. It’s entitled Up, Up and Away…How We Found Love, Faith and Lasting Marriage in the Entertainment World. It was written in collaboration with Mike Yorkey and was released by Northfield Publishing Company. In it, they talk about how they met, their successful musical careers, and their major struggles behind closed doors, offering practical marriage advice and spiritual encouragement along the way.
As lead vocalists of one of the top singing groups of the late 60’s and early 70’s, The 5th Dimension, they recorded such classics as UP, UP & AWAY, AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN, WEDDING BELL BLUES, ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER, and STONED SOUL PICNIC to name a few.
After a decade with The 5th Dimension, Billy & Marilyn decided to leave the group and establish themselves as a duo. They had immediate success with the single, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A STAR (TO BE IN MY SHOW). It was a #1 hit and earned them a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group.
That success peaked network interest and CBS-TV premiered THE MARILYN McCOO & BILLY DAVIS, JR. SHOW as a prime-time summer series in 1977. Marilyn & Billy entered the 80’s as an international success. They headlined in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City, played to SRO crowds in concerts across the country and won the prestigious Grand Prize at the international Tokyo Music Festival. Back home, they were sought-after guests for every major television show.
In addition to the success they’ve had together, Marilyn & Billy have also enjoyed solo pursuits. McCoo hosted the popular 1980’s television music series, SOLID GOLD, for 5 years and Davis had the chance to realize a lifelong dream to record a religious album with gospel great, the Rev. James Cleveland, entitled, “Let Me Have a Dream”. He also began to explore theatrical opportunities, starring in the hit musical, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, at the prestigious Old Globe Theatre and in the role of James “Thunder” Early in a regional production of DREAMGIRLS.
Over the years, the talents of McCoo & Davis have been requested for important events on a national and global level. They were invited to perform for the Pontiff during the 1987 U.S. visit of Pope John Paul II, and have participated in inaugural celebrations for presidents.
In the early 90’s, Billy & Marilyn joined the original members of The 5th Dimension for a special reunion tour, and in August, 1991, the group was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. In 1997, Arista Records released an anthology CD of the group’s hit releases entitled UP, UP & AWAY: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION. Also in the 90’s, Marilyn fulfilled one of her lifelong ambitions by appearing on Broadway in the revival of the musical SHOW BOAT, starring in the role of Julie.
Steinway Artist Natsuki Fukasawa‘s music career has taken her throughout U.S. cities as well as to Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Australia, Brazil, Japan and China, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Copenhagen’s Tivoli Concert Hall. Fukasawa has won many accolades and international prizes, including rave reviews in Strad and Fanfare magazines and the Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year from the Danish Music Awards. In 2012, Ms. Fukasawa was added to the distinguished roster of International Steinway Artists.
Ms. Fukasawa’s performance highlights include a tour of Italy performing Gershwin’s Concerto in F as well as performances of Beethoven’s Third and Fourth Piano Concerti, Chopin Second Piano Concerto, Dohnanyi’s Variations on a Nursery Song, Mozart’s A Major Concerto, K. 488, and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with orchestras in California. She is the pianist for the soundtrack of recently released film We Had To Go – Remembering Internment, and three compact discs, including a live solo CD, Year in Prague, one with violinist Igor Veligan titled Voices from Easter Europe and another with bassoonist Scott Pool titled Vocalise were released in 2013. During this current season, she will be appearing in concerts and master classes in Switzerland, the U.S., Japan, Hong Kong and in performances of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G in Northern California.
Ms. Fukasawa serves on the artist faculty of the Talis Festival & Academy in Saas-Fee, Switzerland and the Orfeo Music Festival in the Italian Alps. She is currently on faculty at American River College and has taught at California State University Sacramento, Saint Mary’s College of Moraga, and the University of the Pacific. She also enjoys nurturing young talents in her own private studio, where her students are winners of state, national and international competitions including the invitation to appear in the NPR show From the Top, and go on to pursue music in college, to such places as the Manhattan School of Music and the Brigham Young University. She began studying piano early with her mother Takako Fukasawa and her main teachers were Fumiko Ishikawa, Mark Richman, Martin Canin, Jan Panenka, Anne Koscielny. She studied chamber music intensively as the member of Jalina Trio with Ferenc Rados in Budapest, and violist Tim Frederiksen in Copenhangen. She studied at the Czech Republic’s Prague Academy of Music as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and received a Performer’s Certificate Degree. She also earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from New York’s Juilliard School and Doctorate from the University of Maryland.
Ms. Fukasawa has recorded for the Classico and Da Capo labels and her career is noted in the World of Women in Classical Music and Who’s Who in America.