Marianne Trudel & Karen Young


AboutMarianne Trudel & Karen Young

Marianne Trudel and Karen Young, two exceptional, engaging, genuine artists, are joining forces here for an unforgettable concert. One piano, one voice: atmospheric, intimate, and moving. An original and extremely touching take on songs by Joni Mitchell. Freedom, tenderness, spontaneity, and musical complicity distinguish this fabulous duo. A true gem!


Portraits: The Songs of Joni Mitchell


Marianne Trudel is a multi-talented pianist, composer, improvisor, and arranger. A generous and engaging artist, a veritable powerhouse in Quebec and Canada's instrumental music scene, Marianne Trudel has presented multiple artistic projects that not only bring her considerable skills to the fore but also her keen sense of creativity. At once energetic and passionate, her music cross-cuts a wide swath of musical interests. Her moving, spellbinding music is not easily labelled, one of its many strengths.

As a performer, she pursues an active career in a variety of settings ranging from solo performance to duo, Trifolia, Marianne Trudel 4 + Ingrid Jensen, septet, and large ensembles. She has presented her music in various countries: Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Italy, Hungary, Lituania, and China. She has published 6 recordings as a leader, all having garnered rave reviews (JUNO awards nominee, ADISQ and Prix Opus award). She has shared the stage with many international artists, among others : Charles Aznavour, Chucho Valdes, Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Kent Nagano), Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra and the Violons du Roy.

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.

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