The music of Michael Cohen, Liz Sumner and friends
The Music of Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen is a composer and lyricist. Liz Sumner is a singer who gets first choice of all his songs. We have made beautiful music together since 1987.
Many talented people have joined us along the way. We’ve performed as Lip Service, Fuzzy Logic, and now Complicated People.
In the beginning there was Lip Service with Bobbi Vollendorff and Glenn Austin.
We started in Glenn’s garage playing covers with Jim Terhorst and called ourselves Wax Lips. Jim didn’t want to perform in public so the four of us started playing in open mikes and coffee houses around Bellingham, WA as Lip Service, playing Michael’s songs exclusively.
Pictured are Mary Armstrong, Liz Sumner, Elizabeth Nieckoski, Cynthia Rodier, Cindy Choate, Chris McCartie, Mia Moravis, Michael Nieckoski, Michael Cohen, Steve Armstrong and Steve Bourque. Not pictured: Casper Bemis, Lindsay Bartlett, Traci Booth, Eleanor Martin , Ray Mahoney.
Also in the productions were Fireside Winds featuring Julie Armstrong on flute, Mary Seaver on clarinet, and Sue Henkel on oboe.
Complicated People – Italian Style
We are thrilled to continue the music-making with friends here in Le Marche, Italy including Peter Scharf, Chris Khamis, Mauro Mencaroni, Elena Zito, Cinzia Pianelli, Marco Agostinelli, and more.