Cello prog pop from Ian Cooke: singer, songwriter, pianist, and cellist based in Denver, CO.

Ian Cooke

Cello Prog Pop


“Cooke, his cello and his looping effects pedal are now fixtures — icons, even — in Denver’s thriving independent music community. And after years of climbing the ranks, playing clubs, galleries, living rooms and museums, the singer-songwriter- cellist-pianist was voted the top musician in the ninth annual Denver Post Underground Music Poll.” Ric Baca

Photos from the 2015 Denver Film Festival

“The Year’s Most Ambitious Denver Album”  – Westword article

Colorado Public Radio Interview about Antiquasauria

Denver Post article about playing with Colorado Symphony

Video from Denver Museum of Nature and Science for Reverb and Underground Music Showcase

Huffington Post Interview

Denver Post Poll Winner: http://www.denverpost.com/music/ci_12856707

Poll Top Ten: http://www.denverpost.com/music/ci_12856719

From Spin, Sept. ’08.SPIN - Sept. '08

“It’s been nearly three years since Ian Cooke releasedThe Fall I Fell and proceeded to blow everyone’s minds with his inimitably expressive vocal style, dexterous cello playing and remarkably affecting songs…” Dave Herrera

Westword Album Preview:


Westword 2009 Award:  Best Avant Pop: http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2009/07/westword_music_showcase_awards.php

CBS/Channel 4 – Denver’s Best Musicians 2010:


“The Ian Cooke Band used Showcase as an opportunity to preview some new material and revive some older favorites. Newer songs like “Toweing Prince” and “Havoc” don’t veer too far from the formula that’s made the band so engaging – Ian Cooke’s plaintive vocals and classically informed piano and cello work still drive the songs. But Ian O’Doughtery’s epic guitar lines and Sean Merrell’s explosive drumming add some force to Cooke’s source material.

The jarring musical fusion of classical sensitivity and hard-driving rock persists during the entire set, but it’s a combination that works. Older tunes like “Vasoon” find new life with the added instrumentation, and Cooke is gifted at incorporating everything from ABBA to Joanna Newsom in his approach.” A.H. Goldstein –
Westword Review – 2010 Showcase http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2010/06/westword_music_showcase_2010_b.php?page=3

“Ambitious in its compositions and movements, The Fall I Fell is mesmerizing. Overwhelming in its power, integrity and swelling sound – couple that with the content and there is barely enough grip left to wrap your hands around Cooke’s work. And while the structure, the sound and the style is enough to captivate – get beyond that like a castle’s drawbridge and you’ll find lighted cities of emotion.” Jonathan Bitz


Onion Show Preview: http://www.avclub.com/denver/events/snake-rattle-rattle-snake-ian-cooke-and-glass-hits,170022/

Denver Post Live Review: http://blogs.denverpost.com/reverb/2007/12/17/ian-cooke-the-bluebird/

“Cooke has developed a unique, expressive vocalese that emulates the fluid modulations and tonality of a cello and incorporates some of its rhythmic inflections. If Sufjan Stevens had been weaned on nothing but recordings byTchaikovskyMozart, Bach and “Eleanor Rigby,” his take on chamber pop might sound something like Cooke’s work. But as it stands, Cooke makes Stevens’s elaborate compositions seem almost prosaic.”

Dave Herrera. Westword.