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Leonard Cohen Koans

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Old Darlington School

University of Sydney

Maze Crescent

Darlington, NSW 2008

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Leonard Cohen Koans


'an intimate and rich celebration of the music of enigmatic Canadian icon, Leonard Cohen'


Leonard Cohen Koans is the rich, multi-layered celebration of the spirit of enigmatic Canadian icon, Leonard Cohen, and his astonishing 60+ year career spanning literature, art and music.

Ali Babs and Daryl Wallis splice together Cohen’s well loved songs with his poetry and then take you deeper into his Buddhist spiritual practice - the Zen Koan.

This is Cohen like you've never heard - stripped back and refocused, inspired interpretations and epic new arrangements of 14 favourites, including his ode to Janis Joplin “Chelsea Hotel #2”, “Sisters of Mercy”, “Anthem” and “If it be your will”, the seductive “Dance me to the end of love”, and his mythic masterpiece “Suzanne”.

In its seventh year of presentation, this 90min narrative concert has hooked audiences from Sydney to New York and Dublin. Now more than ever, with the passing of the legendary and enigmatic Leonard Cohen still so fresh in our hearts, Leonard Cohen Koans re-connects audiences with the live experience of his extraordinary music.

'Inspiring, passionate, intimate and sincere, Leonard Cohen Koans weaves a new pathway into your experience of this glorious Poet of the Holy Sinners.’


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This concert is a fundraiser for the Sydney Zen Centre. A not-for-profit organization that offers weekly meditation evenings, quarterly silent meditation retreats, and montly weekend intensive meditation and dharma study events.

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About the Artists


Ali Babs

lead vocals, writer

vocalist, storyteller, interpreter: a soulful, velvety voice that crosses over from soul to rock to pop to jazz with ease and emotional honesty. ali has performed as lead and support artist in theatre, children’s theatre, musical theatre, jazz, cabaret, americana and pop productions and concerts. as well as steering the magic carpet of ali & the thieves, ali tours and records as backing vocalist for Canadian artist, jane siberry with Peter Kiesewalter, Kevin Fox and Rebecca Jenkins, has sung with kd lang, Suzanne Vega and Rufus Waingwright; and performs with St Louis born New Yorker CurtisJ. ali has appeared at Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, International Leonard Cohen Festival (Dublin), Noosa Long Weekend, Sydney and New York Fringe Festivals, the Sydney Opera House, The Basement, Camelot Lounge, New York’s Joe’s Pub and The Iridium, the DUMBO Archway in Brooklyn.


Daryl Wallis

musical director, keys man

composer of music and creator of sound design for theatre, television and film projects. He has performed in opera, musical, jazz, theatre productions and in concert at Sydney Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Noosa Long Weekend, and the Sydney and New York Fringe Festivals. Daryl formed The Wallis Trio in 1999 to explore the classic songbooks of jazz, broadway and contemporary song. They have featured in cabaret performances and recordings by Mitchell Butel, Jenny Vuletic, Natalie Gamsu, Fiona Ruth and in its current configuration with Ali Babs as Ali & The Thieves, with performances of Leonard Cohen Koans in Sydney, New York and Dublin, and in The Royal Seed at the Sydney Opera House.




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