Steve Koven CJN The Koven Collective

THE CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS AUGUST 16, 2018

Ruth Schweitzer

New jazz album was forged in grief  ‘Music is a powerful tool to tap into memories and emotions.’

Three months after his mother died, music began to bubble up inside jazz pianist Steve Koven. He composed some new songs that were born out of grief and his happy memories of his mom.

He recorded the songs on his latest album, The Koven Collective, following up on the 12 albums he’s released since 1997. A powerful collection of songs, The Koven Collective balances between light and dark, glimmers of joy contrasting with moments of devastating sadness. Koven has created a fresh sound for this beautiful album, which he recorded with two of his students from York University and other special guests.