At the 2020 Brooklyn Folk Festival we will remember the life and work of musician, photographer and filmmaker John Cohen (1932-2019). John played at every Brooklyn Folk Festival since the beginning and was a great supporter and intellectual founder of the festival. We miss him greatly and will be presenting several of his films, a selection of his photographs and a portion of the program honoring him at the festival this year.
Here is an obituary from the New York Times with more information about John’s life and work.
I met John at the home of our mutual friend and musical collaborator Peter Stampfel in 2007. Playing music and simply talking with John was a great pleasure. He raised the level of any project he worked on and taught us so much about how to hear, play and think about music and be a good cultural worker.
John meant a great deal to us as an artist, cultural worker and as a friend. We will miss him very much and continue in the spirit of his work.
We send our love to his family and many friends around the world.