Ian Cooke

  • Ian Cooke
  • Genre
    Songwriter Alternative
  • Date
    Saturday 08/13/2016
  • Time
    4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
  • Place
    Singer-Songwriters Stage
  • Ian Cooke is a singer, songwriter, cellist and pianist. Says Dave Herrara of Westword, "€œCooke has developed a unique, expressive vocalese that emulates the fluid modulations and tonality of a cello and incorporates some of its rhythmic inflections. If Sufjan Stevens had been weaned on nothing but recordings by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bach and €˜Eleanor Rigby, his take on chamber pop might sound something like Cooke'€™s work. But as it stands, Cooke makes Stevens'€™ elaborate compositions seem almost prosaic."

    Ian Cooke has appeared in Spin Magazine, finished No. 1 in the Denver Post'€™s annual poll of local music in 2009, and was voted "€œBest Avant-Pop"€ for three years by Westword Magazine. He also plays cello on Crooked Fingers'€™ album "€œForfeit/Fortune,"€ and his two songs appeared alongside Billy Bragg, Owen Pallett, and M. Ward on "€œVersions of Joanna,"€ an album of Joanna Newsom covers.

    He has toured in the US and Australia playing with the Dresden Dolls, Crooked Fingers, Built to Spill, the Decemberists, the Flaming Lips (at the Monolith Festival), Blonde Redhead, DeVotchKa, Rasputina, Wovenhand, Pedro the Lion and many more.

    Cooke's 2009 album, "€œThe Fall I Fell,"€ sold out two pressings and has been re-pressed with a DVD of solo live versions of songs, videos, a 5.1 surround mix of the album and more.

    2012'€™s "€œFortitude"€ was released with national distribution with Sony/Red via Greater Than Collective. His new album "€œAntiquasauria"€ is very excited about dinosaurs and was released in August 2015.