Karen Young – Missa Campanula : A lifetime achievement

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


Young, Provost & Guilbeault jazz trio presents You Make me Feel so Young

Montreal, September 28, 2015 – Young, Provost & Guilbeault jazz trio is proud to launch the album You Make me Feel so Young on  October 4th at la maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges.  The concert and launch is presented by Les Belles Soirées de l’Université de Montréal and l’Off JAZZ.  This album, on the URSH label, will be in the stores on October 9th for all jazz and music lovers.  The trio is presenting classic jazz – especially swing – and will interpret  songs by the great composers such as Monk, Strayhorn, and Lester Young.  Jazz lovers can savour nine compositions, refined and sensual, at the heart of swing, which takes us back to those crazy jazz club years.

Watch an extra performance of the trio playing My Favorite things:

Six years after her last album Karen Young is back, with her companions, guitaristSylvain Provost and bassist Normand Guilbeault.  Her rich, sensitive interpretation confirms her statute of ‘grande dame du jazz’.  On the album You Make me Feel so Young, the music is at it’s most natural, without artifice, leaving all the room for their great talent.  Young, Provost & Guilbeault jazz trio don’t need an introduction: between the three of them, they have accumulated an impressive number of albums, concerts and prizes.  After many years of collaboration in diverse projects, their connection is  now at its peak.  With lots of room for improvisation, You Make me Feel so Young allows these musicians to share their love of swing in their own way.  We find all the tenderness of the great  singer that is Karen Young, but also  her energy, authenticity and pure pleasure to share her musical world with us.  At her side guitarist Sylvain Provost bares his soul with virtuosity and dazzling atmospheres and textures.  At the heart of the trio, Normand Guilbeault on his upright bass, who Karen considers the ‘Grand chef du swing’, goes straight to our solar plexus and attaches us to the earth.

You Make me Feel so Young:

You Make me Feel so Young (music Josef Myrow, words Mack Gordon), Be Cool (Joni Mitchell), So in Love (Cole Porter), Ask me Now (music Thelonious Monk, words Jon Hendricks), Chief Crazy Horse (Wayne Shorter), Strange Feeling (Billy Strayhorn), Tickle Toe (music Lester Young, words Jon Hendricks), Mourir pour des idées (Georges Brassens), Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez).

On Itunes : : https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/you-make-me-feel-so-young/id1053584065?l=fr

You Make me Feel so Young, concert and launch October 4,  8 PM  at la maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges.

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Source : Courtemanche Communications

We did it!

We did it!

Nous avons atteint notre objectif de 25 000$ sur le kickstarter!
Quel soulagement, quelle joie!  Nous pourrons jouer Missa Campanula. Voces Boreales a eu sa première pratique lundi le 8 décembre, et c’était formidable.

Merci à tous ceux qui ont contribué à ma campagne de socio-financement en achetant des billets, cd, etc. ainsi qu’en partageant les liens avec vos amis. A bientôt!

We’ve achieved our goal of $25,000 from kickstarter! What a relief, we’re so happy!  We’ll be able to perform Missa Campanula. We had our first rehearsal with Voces Boreales Monday the 8th of December; it was very exciting.

Thank you all who contributed to my crowdfunding campaign by buying tickets, albums, etc, as well as sharing the link with your friends.  Take care, and hope to see you there!

Kickstarter pour Missa Campanula – CD and tickets concerts now on pre-sale until December 10!

Je vais lancer à la mi-octobre une collecte de fonds sur internet pour compléter le financement de mon nouvel album Missa Campanula.  C’est une messe chorale chantée a cappella sur le texte traditionnel latin que j’ai composée pour ma défunte mère, passée en 2012.

La messe sera interprétée le 18 janvier à l’Église de la Visitation et le 1er février à la Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours dans le Vieux-Montréal, à l’occasion du mois de sensibilisation à la maladie d’Alzheimer.  Nous interpréterons aussi deux poèmes de Francine Hamelin que j’ai mis en musique, et nous enregistrerons le tout pour en faire un album.

La messe est l’oeuvre la plus importante que j’ai réalisée, la composition la plus complexe.  Elle est située tout près de mon coeur, puisqu’elle est dédiée à ma mère qui m’a initiée au monde de la musique et m’a toujours encouragée.  Je la lui offre en signe de gratitude.