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Collage: of Carols

by Collage Music

Bring new sounds to your holidays with highly listenable arrangements of your favorite Christmas melodies, interpreted in fresh and inventive ways.
Genre: Holiday: Easy Listening
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella
2:28 $0.99
2. O Tannenbaum
3:48 $0.99
3. All Through the Night
2:40 $0.99
4. We Three Kings
3:35 $0.99
5. O Holy Night
4:25 $0.99
6. Coventry Carol
2:44 $0.99
7. What Child Is This?
3:06 $0.99
8. I Saw Three Ships
3:40 $0.99
9. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
1:50 $0.99
10. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
2:34 $0.99
11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
2:28 $0.99
12. Adeste Fideles
3:04 $0.99
13. Night's Silence
3:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
New holiday album from Portland's Collage Music! Physical CD's will be available by December 9.

From the Symphony, Opera, Ballet, the vibrant jazz scene, independent artists, and touring musicians, to the wedding and event professionals, Portland is a diverse and rich musical community.

The musicians of Collage can be found on numerous CDs by Portland artists, from Portland Cello Project, The Stolen Sweets, Vagabond Opera, to Pink Martini and M Ward.

Collage Music ensembles have performed for hundreds of weddings and events over the last seven years and each year around the holidays receive many requests for holiday music performances at homes, businesses, and public spaces. A hallmark of Collage’s professionalism, is the ability to field groups adept at a wide variety of musical styles, from classical and jazz to popular music styles. In fact, the name Collage, was chosen to reflect the use of different media in the making of art.

In choosing to record the album, “Collage: Of Carols”, the artists have found a way to reflect a wide variety of styles, from classical, folk, Latin, jazz, bluegrass, new age, even Eastern Europeanesque arrangements, and to tie them together through the medium of classic traditional Carols.

The other consistency throughout the album is the musicianship of Collage founder Susan Langenes (flute,saxophone), David Langenes (guitars, six string banjo), Skip vonKuske (cello, mandolin, production) doing with the carols what they’ve done with countless arrangements of music for their clients over the years: making them come alive through the instruments they play. The fantastic percussion skills of Don Henson and project engineer Rob Stroup of 8 Ball Studios are put to great use enhancing the beautiful arrangements.



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Oregon Music News

Christmas CDs: Traditional and not so much
Read Mark Niemann-Ross' review of "Collage: of Carols" on Oregon Music News :

Christmas music is classified as a genre all to itself. Every artist, every year, jumps on the caroling bandwagon with a collection of remakes of familiar hits from the 1800′s. Some of these are masterpieces, some are painful. I’ll leave it to you to decide. But consider this. You will eventually be asked to put on some “appropriate music” and if you haven’t been proactive about getting some listenable CD’s in your collection, you’re going to be doomed to listen to whatever is coming in over AM radio.

There are two options from local musicians you’ll want to consider. The first, from Cello King Skip vonKuske, is titled “Collage: of Carols.” The second, from Bronkar & Shoehorn, is “A BeatBox Saxophone Christmas.” Get a copy of both – you’ll be covered for a wide range of situations. And this isn’t to say there aren’t other options – nearly every Portland musician has a Christmas album available – these two are unique because they were just released this year.

Collage: of Carols is the more traditional of the two. A collection of standard carols you’ve heard in elevators nationwide, they are rendered instrumentally (as in “no vocals”) with flute, saxophone, guitar, banjo, guitar, cello and mandolin. Styles range from middle-age renaissance, traditional and a bit of latin. This isn’t challenging improvisational music – all very straightforward, recognizable renditions. You’ll be able to put this on during dinner without scaring Aunt Martha or disrupting conversations. Which may sound sarcastic, but trust me – when you need a soundtrack like this, you’re going to be REALLY glad you have this one in your collection.

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