Montreal, 2 novembre 2015 – Having already distinguished herself in the Jazz world, singer and composer Karen Young has continued to show her great versatility and her love for music in all its diversity. Over the years she has explored divers musical styles and collaborated on many projects, with many musicians. She has launched 10 cds under her own label, URSH, including the magnificent album recently released, You Make me Feel so Young, an ode to swing-jazz, recorded with Normand Guilbeault on upright bass and Sylvain Provost on electric guitar. She now presents what she considers the most important work of her career: Missa Campanula, a polychoral mass, sung a capella in latin, dedicated to her mother who died of Alzheimer’s disease.
In November 2014 Karen Young launched a social financing campaign to raise funds to record this ambitious project. One year and $25,000 later, she can proudly say, “mission accomplished”; her album Missa Campanula will arrive in stores on November 6. A composition of veritable vocal filigree, this epic work is interpreted magestically by voces boreales as the double choir: Trena Larson, Cynthia Gates, Michelle Bourque, Meghan Fleet, Sarah Kraemer (sopranos), Audrey Morin, Sylvie Gauthier, Lauma Cenne, Linda Morrison (altos), Jonathan Davis, Arthur Tanguay-Labrosse, Jean-Sébastian Allaire, Pierre Cartier (tenors), Jerry Gamache, David Cronkite, Victor Chisholm, Martin Auclair, Bennett Mahler (basses). The solo quintet is composed of the well-known Suzie LeBlanc (soprano 1), Coral Egan (soprano 2), Josée Lalonde (alto), Marcel de Hêtre (tenor) and Normand Richard (bass). The treble choir consists of Carole Therrien, Rebecca Bain and Karen Young. The conductor is François Ouimet.
Here, you can listen to Agnus dei, one of the movements of the album Missa Campanula.
Here, you can watch three extracts of last february performance of the mass.
Nourished by the great choir music so dear to her mother, Karen Young joined some great choirs in Montreal and fell in love with sacred music. From 2007 to 2012, during the long illnes of her mother due to Alzheimer’s disease, Karen composed Missa Campanula as a thank you to her, but also to help herself face this ordeal. As they were recording the mass at la Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, in Old Montreal, they could hear Lorna’s approval in the imperceptible tinkling of the glass chandeliers in the silence after each song. See if you can hear Lorna on the record…..
Voces boreales will interpret one of the pieces of Missa Campanula – Agnus Dei – at their regular seasonal concert on November 10, at Notre-Dame-de Bon-Secours, to underline the launch of the album that they took part in. Karen and the other special guests will be there to present the album to the public. The production of Missa Campanula on Les Disques URSH was made possible by a career grant from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, a creative grant from The Canada Council for the Arts, as well as a performance grant from Conseil des Arts de Montréal, and with the $25,000 gathered from the social financing campaign.
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Source : Courtemanche Communications