Cari Burdett | Magnolia

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by Cari Burdett

Canadian chanteuse Cari Burdett brings a timeless blend of dramatic gypsy cabaret to the stage, taking listeners traveling the world through song and stories of the heart. “Magnolia”, was nominated as Best World Music Album in the WCMA. World/Jazz/Opera
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Quante Stelle Nel Cielo Con La Luna
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2. Wild Is the Wind
5:17 $0.99
3. Both Sides Now
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4. Gracias a la Vida
4:14 $0.99
5. Caruso
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6. Snow
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7. Loveliness
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8. Where Once the Waters of Your Face
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9. Toy
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10. Kristallen den fina
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11. Non, je ne regrette rien / La vie en rose (Medley)
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12. Je ne t'aime pas
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Album Notes
Recently nominated for World Album of the Year by the Western Canadian Music Awards. Nearly Fifteen years ago - in August of 2000 – there was quite a buzz around town about the label-defying, theatrical mezzo-soprano chanteuse Cari Burdett, as her face hit Victoria newspapers accompanied by headlines like “Marching to A Different Beat.”

Since the time the Victoria spotlight was on her in 2000, Burdett’s journey has been quite the interesting ride. The Cole’s Notes version is that she earned a vocal music degree from Montreal’s McGill University and a Master’s degree from London’s Royal Academy of Music, she lost her voice, got it back, almost died in a car accident, lost the will to sing, learned of her friend’s suicide, moved to Sweden for four years to raise children, and finally came to the place she finds herself now, back in hometown Victoria, passionate about singing again, and releasing a brand new album – Magnolia.

“The Magnolias were in full bloom in Victoria when we were in our longest studio time,” Burdett explains. “They are the first flower to bloom in spring and last the longest throughout the season. This album is about rebirthing for me in a way - new beginnings, opening like the flower, radiant, bright, beautiful. And it will be released on the Spring equinox - a time for renewal…A year ago, I planted a Magnolia in my garden to represent this new birth - like I was saying YES to giving myself permission to sing and perform.”

Burdett - who cites Edith Piaf, Joni Mitchell, and Nina Simone as influences – says her live show is an opportunity for people to “go on a world tour in one night,” as she musically moves from country to country and from language to language. This movement is reflected on the new album she is releasing March 12th online – a vocal journey through Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, and Canada. This European fusion of opera, folk, jazz, and world music is theatrical, virtuosic, and at times impromptu.

The album is produced by Juno Award Winner Joby Baker, and her band is an impressive line-up of acclaimed musicians, both on the record and at the album release concert – Saga Djangofest Award Winner Quinn Bachand, Canada’s beloved Miles Black, Juno Winners Adrian Dolan and Richard Moody, and high-in-demand percussionist Kelby McNayr.

Magnolia is my expression of passion. It epitomizes my love for song, drama, languages, story, and lyrics. It is a weaving of my years of study in opera, performance, dance, and theatre. It is my joy and delight in new music and collaboration with composers and artists. I am grateful for the composers who gifted me their songs. I am honoured that they wrote songs for me and trusted me in the delivery and interpretations. This is love. This is art. My gypsy roots from early Bohemia have inspired this album and brought the colours of this European world fusion of opera/jazz/folk together. I call it "Dramatic Gypsy Cabaret." Magnolia is a lifelong dream in creation and a two-year focus from concept to print. As my debut album, I have learned more than I could ever imagine, while simultaneously having one of the best experiences of my life. The generosity of heart, talent, and commitment throughout the project has been mind-blowing, invaluable, and enriching.

I live life through the Zulu word "Ubuntu" - I am because we are - and this album was certainly made with that same principle, with many hearts and hands coming together in its creation. To the talented musicians! Miles Black, Richard Moody, Adrian Dolan, Quinn Bachand, and Joby Baker.

"Cari Burdett's Magnolia is a stunning accomplishment. Burdett's voice is strong and versatile...bringing listeners on a rich journey across genres and musical eras. She is supported by a remarkable cast of superb musicians and together they breath new life into a beautiful collection of songs." Kelly Nakatsuka, All Points West, CBC Radio Victoria

“Fabulous musical performances abound in Cari Burdett’s debut album entitled Magnolia. The Cowichan Vally chanteuse has steadily garnered acclaim for her vocal performances over the past 20 years from Montreal to Sweden to Vancouver island. From the slow evolving opening chords of the first track, a sultry re-imagining of Joni Mitchell’s Both sides now, it can be said that one is immediately transported to an alluring, seductive cabaret club that inspires the musical selections on this album. Produced and recorded by Joby Baker in Victoria, and supported by a stellar line up of musicians the album is a beautifully realized collection dramatic classics of cabaret. With songs performed in five languages that point to Burdett’s gypsy roots, the album takes listeners on a beguiling journey across many musical genres. Burdett’s orchestrations never take the standard approach but still allow her buttery rich dramatic mezzo voice to embody to the melancholic heroine that we associate with this genre. I recommend taking this album aside and like a good bottle of wine let it’s music envelope you for an entire evening.” – Kev Lavigne, 2015

“What a pleasure to meet this powerhouse performer, and enjoy her skilled intensity with a wide range of music…from opera, to folk and feisty gypsy cabaret style music” – Daphne Goode, 'GO! Island' Shaw TV



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