Ian Cooke makes art for your ears using his cello and voice as core instruments for songwriting. Components of his style are pulled from classical music, pop, folk, avant-garde, world music, and jazz. Cooke’s recordings also employ piano and percussion. The piano was his first instrument, which he began playing at age 5, and picked up the cello at age 11. Paying special attention to innovative meter, chord progression, and melody, the Denver-based musician breeds a truly original and moving type of music.
Cooke was voted the top musician in the 2009 Denver Post Underground Music Poll. Westword Magazine named him Best Avant Pop, as well as Best Album for 2007 for “The Fall I Fell.”
He has appeared in SPIN magazine, appeared on a Joanna Newsom covers-abum alongside Billy Bragg, M Ward, and Owen Pallett, played the Toronto Pride Festival, played Red Rocks, and has toured Australia and the US playing with The Dresden Dolls, Rasputina, Crooked Fingers, The Decemberists, Flaming Lips, and many more.