In the beginning of 2016, Gary Snider began working on personal versions of Leonard Cohen's most well known and loved songs. These efforts developed into a show including new and old material, recitation and explanation of some songs and stories fra Leonard's life and career.
Since Leonard's death in November 2016, the show has taken on another dimension. Gary has said: "It feels like an honor full duty to continue to give life to Leonard's fantastic legacy and I will do my utmost to be worthy of this task".
There is no doubt that Leonard Cohen has earned a rightful place in the Tower of Song and that his songs have become a part of our modern song treasures. There are multitudes of musicians and singers who play his music. Many make exciting versions but few can convey the master's aura, his presence and spirit.
Gary Snider is a man who is capable of coming close. His background is uncanningly similar: born in Canada into a Jewish family with a succesful clothing business, a loving and musical mother, a father who died when Gary was a child, and a deep yearning for a creative and free life outside of Canada. Gary has been a professional musician in Denmark for almost 40 years and has found a 'mission' presenting Leonard's music and giving audiences insights into the man and his art.
It is not Gary's intention to be a copy. He is not Leonard and does not want to be. But his appearance, skill and admiration can take a listener to that magic place that Leonard has created for and in them. "I view myself as a cross between a musician, actor and midwife. My purpose is to give continued life to Leonard's work and pay homage to him and people who love him and his music."
In spring of 2017, the show was further developed with backing singers Katrine Hald and Connie Pilgaard Nielsen, drummer Tom Lindby and Thomas Lennert on keyboards. The band now goes under the name Leonard Cohen Affair. See more at the band's homepage.