Ora Cogan + Dana Gavanski
Ora Cogan is a recording artist based on Vancouver Island. She is known for her singular voice and cinematic compositions. Cogan has released seven albums to date while collaborating with a multitude of artists and touring extensively. She has performed at numerous festivals throughout Europe & North America while sharing the stage with the likes of Grouper and Mazzy Star. Her latest EP “Dyed” was released last October and her new full length record will be out in 2023.
“Ora Cogan draws from a wide web of influence, but truly she sounds like no other” – CLASH Magazine
“Spent many nights listening to this captivating music” – Hope Sandoval, Mazzy Star
“Cogan can be strikingly sparse and overwhelmingly composed in the same sublime breath. She summons orchestral waves of violins and rolling psychedelic guitars, propelled forward by a voice that sweeps audiences away under a tsunami of blissful sonic complexity” – Sled Island Festival
“Multi-instrumentalist Ora Cogan makes gorgeous experimental folk compositions laced with hints of psychedelia, chamber pop, and rock” – She Shreds
“While her lyrics focus on corporate greed and environmental degradation, her transcendent arrangements provide relief and hope” – Bandcamp
“Ora’s music is effortlessly extravagant. This is not music made for passive listening, rather, it is something that needs to be experienced” – Discorder
“Cogan’s drawl evokes the tone of Karen Dalton and the technique of John Martyn” – The Wire
Born in Vancouver to a Serbian family, but relocating to Montreal to attend university, Dana originally planned to pursue a career in film. However, she shifted her attention back to music when her then ex-partner left her his guitar before moving to NYC. Having known only how to play ‘Diamonds and Rust’ by Joan Baez, Dana picked up a Travis Picking technique book and started re-learning how to play. When in the Summer of 2016, she took a job with her father as a producer’s assistant on a horror film in the Laurentians, she made enough to focus solely on developing her music for a year. With that came her first EP, Spring Demos. In 2019, Dana signed with Full Time Hobby and released two 7″ singles (“One By One”, “Catch”) and announced her debut album “Yesterday Is Gone”, a co-production between Sam Gleason, Tunng’s Mike Lindsay and Dana herself. The critically acclaimed album was released in March 2020, followed by an EP of covers titled “Wind Songs”, released in August of the same year. Dana’s second album “When It Comes” was released in April 2022, followed by headline tours around UK, Europe and north America. Dana will tour again in April 2023, in between writing and recording sessions.