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San Francisco, CA - March 2, 2005 - Jeremy Cohen and his ViolinJazz Quartet are pleased to announce that The Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) has chosen them as honorary guests and performers on opening night of the Fourth Annual Tiburon International Film Festival. The Festival will take place at the Tiburon Playhouse Theater the week of March 10-18, 2005.
As a special tribute to film and music artists in a unique new category, TIFF asked Cohen and his ViolinJazz Quartet to play selections featured in his new DVD short documentary, Jeremy Cohen and Friends Celebrate Joe Venuti: 100 Years at its opening night gala reception at the Corinthian Yacht Club, following the screening of the film "Happy Hour" at the Tiburon Playhouse Theater.
At the reception, clips from Cohen's film, which celebrates the life and work of pioneer jazz violinist Giuseppe "Joe" Venuti (1903-1978), will also be shown. Produced by elfenworks (www.elfenworks.com), the DVD will be released this spring by Video Artists International (VAI) and will be available through retail outlets and online vendors.
"We are delighted to have Jeremy Cohen's Violin Jazz Quartet to perform at our opening night party as well as to show a documentary on the group made by two very talented filmmakers Lauren Speeth and Dan Coplan during this event, " says TIFF. For more information on the directors, visit elfenworks.com.
About The Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) www.tiburonfilmfestival.com
2002 marked the beginning of a new era in the town of Tiburon with the launching of the First Annual Tiburon International Film Festival. Conceived as a way to enhance the artistic presence and the culture of the city, The Tiburon International Film Festival seeks to provide a greater understanding of the world and its many cultures through the artistic medium of film, and through the top quality films from around the world that would not be accessible without an event of this nature. Our goal is one of cultural enrichment and heightened cultural awareness. TIFF strongly believes in "Understanding the World through Film." To order tickets to the 4th Annual Tiburon Film Festival, call (415) 381-4123 or visit their website.
About Joe Venuti
As the true pioneer of jazz violin, Joe Venuti played with such greats as Eddie Lang, Red Nichols, Jimmy Dorsey and Frank Signorelli of the original Dixieland Jazz Band in the 1920s. Originally trained in the classical style at an early age, Venuti developed his own purist jazz violin style that continues to inspire jazz violinists around the world.
About Jeremy Cohen
Jeremy Cohen is a refreshing, traditional-yet-contemporary violinist whose performances embrace both jazz and classical sensibilities and encompass a broad range of other musical styles. From symphony orchestras to television and motion picture soundtracks, Cohen's live performances, recordings, repertoire and arrangements are highly regarded by critics, musicians and audiences alike. His eclectic style, honed by more than 20 years of performance, reflects his training with Itzhak Perlman and his admiration for violinists ranging from Fritz Kreisler to Joe Venuti. For more information on Jeremy Cohen, including his 2005-2006 concert schedule and recent recordings, visit www.violinjazz.com.