Canadian Brass Celebrate Canadiana On Upcoming Album

The legendary ensemble stay close to home on their upcoming album of covers.

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Canadian Brass unveil the first peek at their forthcoming (and first ever) all-Canadian album with the release of Hallelujah — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

The Leonard Cohen cover is first preview of the iconic ensemble’s upcoming album Canadiana. The 11-song collection is set to arrive Nov. 12th via Linus Entertainment, and finds them celebrating a slate of popular Canadian artists. In addition to Cohen, the album includes songs by Joni Mitchell, Drake, Daniel Caesar, Shawn Mendes, Rush, Bruce Cockburn, Deadmau5, k.d. lang and Lara Fabian.

“While we were busy practising our repertoire and honing our craft, we were also listening to these incredible songs as they were released,” Canadian Brass share. “We now have the incredible opportunity to play these songs ourselves. “This recording project gave us a chance to explore the music generated by the great artists that have been around us throughout our performing career.”

The ensemble enlisted their trumpet player and in-house arranger Brandon Ridenour to breathe new life into the selected works on Canadiana. Additionally, the album features Grammy-winning Attacca Quartet member Nathan Schram (for Drake’s Laugh Now, Cry Later), singer-guitarist Bruce Cockburn on his own Thoughts On A Rainy Afternoon, Juno-winning jazz trumpet player Ingrid Jensen (Both Sides, Now), as well as guitarist Sean Kelly and percussionist Tim Timleck (2112 Overture by Rush).

A formidable force in the world of chamber music since their 1970 inception, Canadian Brass have sold more than two million albums worldwide and been hailed as the ‘Kings of Brass’ for their major influence on the classical music scene. The young players in the ensemble today are inheritors of a tradition inaugurated over 50 years ago, having grown up with the sound and style of Canadian Brass as a model. With a discography of over 130 albums, and an extensive worldwide touring schedule, Canadian Brass are an important pioneer in bringing brass music to mass audiences everywhere.

Currently, Canadian Brass are Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone), Jeff Nelsen (horn), Caleb Hudson (trumpet), Brandon Ridenour (trumpet) and Chuck Daellenbach (tuba). Their version of Hallelujah also represents a reunion of sorts — a host of former members of Canadian Brass joined the quintet for this treasured tune.

Canadiana Track Listing

1 | Je Me Souviens (Originally recorded by Lara Fabian)
2 | Senorita (Originally recorded by Shawn Mendes)
3 | Constant Craving (Originally recorded by k.d. lang)
4 | Both Sides, Now (Originally recorded by Joni Mitchell)
5 | I Remember (Originally recorded by Deadmau5)
6 | Laugh Now, Cry Later (Originally recorded by Drake)
7 | Overture 2112 (Originally recorded by Rush)
8 | Best Part (Originally recorded by Daniel Caesar & H.E.R.)
9 | 13th Mountain (Originally recorded by Bruce Cockburn)
10 | Thoughts On A Rainy Afternoon (Originally recorded by Bruce Cockburn)
11 | Hallelujah (Originally recorded by Leonard Cohen)

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