Ira Cohen, poet, photographer, filmmaker, traveller born on February the 3rd, 1935 to deaf parents, began developing his vision at one year learning to spell with his fingers. |
In 1961 he took a Yugoslavian freighter to Tangier where he lived for 4 years and publishedGnaoua, a magazine devoted to exorcism introducing the work of Brion Gysin , William Burroughs , Harold Norse and other members of the interzone mob.
He also produced Jilala, a mythic recording of trance music by a sect of dervishes, which was recorded by Paul Bowles.
In 1970He went to the Himalayas where he started the starstream poetry series under the Bardo matrix imprint in Kathmandu, publishing the work of Paul Bowles , Charles Henri Ford, Gregory Corso and Angus Maclise and developing his art of bookmaking working with native craftsmen.
In 1972 he spent a year in San Francisco reading and performing and then returned to New York mounting photographic shows.
In the beginning of the 90'sIra sees his new poems published in England by Temple Press under the title Ratio 3: media shamans along with 2 good poet friends, Gerard Malanga (Factory) and Angus Maclise.
He recently had a show called Retrospectacle at the October Gallery in London and he also took part along with William Burroughs , Terry Wilson and Hakim Bey at Brion Gysin's Here To Go Show in Dublin.
Semiotext(e) (New York) is preparing to bring out an anthology specially edited by Cohen called the Akashic record. This New York aquarian has performed with many musicians reflecting his eclectic taste: Chris Stein, Lucia Hwong, Hassan Hakmoun, a gnaoua musician ..
In 1994 Sub Rosa records released his first CD, The Majoon Traveller, with
dj Cheb i Sabbah, the well known San Francisco DJ who mixed his readings with ritual music (Joujouka, Jilala ...) which also included the work of Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. Recently, he initiated the Akashic Foundation with the help of