When she’s onstage, Anat Cohen likes to dance and snap her fingers while bantering with the audience and shouting approvingly at her bandmates. You get the sense she’s trying not to take things too seriously—until, that is, she brings her instrument to her lips and some truly deep stuff comes pouring out.
“I feel like sometimes I get even more goofy onstage than I am offstage,” Ms. Cohen told me recently at her Williamsburg apartment. “I’m not trying to make the music less than what it is. Even if it’s hard for me and I have to think about a lot of details, it’s none of the audience’s business. I don’t want them to feel that I’m having a hard time.”
By: Matthew Kassel
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