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Karen Young

1951 -

Origin: Quebec, Canada

Main instrument: Vocal

Genre: Jazz

Karen Young grew up in Hudson, Québec, and over the years, this author, composer, singer and guitarist has enjoyed a successful career. She first made her mark in the 1970s with Montréal-based group, the Bug Alley Band. From 1980 to 1990, she worked on various projects with bassist Michel Donato and recorded a solo album. She has a powerful voice, capable of handling a range of music from pop and jazz to folk and world music. In 2008, she won a Félix award for best classical vocal for the album, Âme, corps et désir. In 2009, she collaborated with Éric Auclair, combining jazz and spoken word on their joint effort, Électro-Beatniks. In 2013, she composed a polychoral mass in memory of her mother, Missa Campanula, and recorded it in January 2015 with 26 singers. Karen Young performs regularly with jazz, classical and world musical groups: a jazz trio with Normand Guilbeault and Sylvain Provost, a classical trio with Josée Lalonde and Vladimir Sidorov, and a folk trio with Norman Lachapelle and Paul Boudreau, as well as collaborations with  Helmut Lypsky, Jazzique! and Henri Oppenheim.



  • Karen Young (2016-07-03)
  • Karen Young, Eric Auclair, Bugge Wesseltoft - 2010 Concert

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