Two superb voices, two accomplished musical careers, singers Karen Young and Coral Egan are at last reunited for the show Mère et Fille, interpreting their favorite songs. Accompanied by Éveline Grégoire-Rousseau on electric harp and Pierre Érizias on electric bass -with Coral's guitar, synth and Karen's percussion, their voices in harmony blow us away with each song.
Karen and Coral invite us into the heart of the Young-Egan family, back to Coral's childhood, when mother and daughter harmonized together on all sorts of songs, like a game, a challenge. At 11 years old, at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Coral sang a Brazilian song with Karen.
This complicity comes together one more time in this first collaborative tour of mother and daughter. The two artists will revisit songs from the earlier repertoires of Coral and Karen, as well as tunes from the pop, World, Folk and Jazz repertoires, harmonizing on songs by Djavan, Ayub Ogada, Catherine Major, Radiohead, Steve Lacy, and much more! An album will be launched in 2017.
Coral and Karen have sung and shared music together since their beginning. Coral's first musical education was living with her mother. Karen filled her young ears with a vast array of music in order to develop her openness and versatility, bringing her on stage professionally at an early age, for example on Contredanse, which won a Felix in 1988. Before starting her solo career Coral toured with her mother and sang on four albums, notably as a soloist in Canticum Canticorum in 2000.
Coral spent the first decade of 2000 working on her own projects, albums and tours. In 2015 she collaborated once more with her mother on the very touching album, Missa Campanula, and the two artists were invited to sing a Joni Mitchell song on Belle et Bum. In the summer of 2016 they performed to a full house at the FIJM. From this they decided to take their new show on the road.
Coral Egan is primarily a singer songwriter in Québec and Canada. Early in her career, she was successful with her first album The Path Of Least Resistance (2002), nominated for a Juno for the Jazz vocal album of the year. Will follow My Favourite Distraction (2004) who won Felix awards for English album of the year and Producer of the year, and the soul, folk and bluegrass album Magnify (2007). With beguiling tone, impeccable phrasing and true intonation, her undeniably recognizable voice flows from the heart.
In 2010, taking inspiration from a new generation of independent musicians, Coral Egan composed a series of autobiographical songs that led to the album The Year He Drove Me Crazy (2012). Written in collaboration with composer Albert Chambers, the songs explore romantic love and the complications of blended families. It is a deeply personal ode from a musician who has discovered the desire to share her highs and lows with her public. The album was nominated for English Album of the Year and Recording Engineer of the Year at Le Gala de l'ADISQ 2013, and for Adult Contemporary Album Of The Year at the 201 4 JUNO Awards.
Singer-composer and arranger Karen Young started her professional career with a single, folk song Garden of URSH, in 1971. In the mid 70's she discovered the Bebop vocals of the group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, which determined her never-ending passion for jazz. In the '80s, while touring with accoustic bassist Michel Donato, she expanded her musical universe singing in Classical and Sacred choirs, Early Music groups, as well as SMCQ (Socièté de Musique Contemporaine de Montréal). She also began exploring World Music and singing Brazilian, Haitian and Cuban, as well as Bulgarian music.
Independant before 'Indie', she created in 1991 her own record label, Les Disques URSH, and recorded 11 albums with music ranging from Jazz, World, Classical, Folk and Country. In 2015 she released her poly-choral mass, Missa Campanula, sung a cappella by double adult choir with solo quintet and treble choir, and the jazz album You Make Me Feel So Young with guitarist Sylvain Provost and upright bassist Normand Guilbeault.
She received the Oscar Peterson prize of FIJM in 2016 and a career grant from CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) in 2008. She received two Felix awards; Best jazz album in 1988 for Contredanse with Michel Donato and Best vocal Classical album in 2008 for her album Âme, corps et désir (music of the 14th century).
Karen Young has never refused a musical challenge, having sung in more than twenty languages. Going from the impossible charts of SMCQ to children's songs you can hear her voice on more than 40 albums.