Colleen (FR)

[CANADIAN DEBUT]Over the course of three albums, one Mort aux Vaches radio session, and one EP, French ambient artist Colleen (aka Cecile Schott) has steadily moved away from sampling classical compositions to playing the antiquated instruments once popular with 19th-century Parisian concertgoers herself. Whether it's the viola da gamba (a 7-string ancestor of the cello), the spinet (a variation of the harpsichord), the clarinet, crystal glasses, the guitar, or simply a sample, Colleen's creations have always used the lush, mesmeric qualities of a bygone era to evoke the atmospheric gloom of the ethereal music she makes today. From her career-highlight 2005 album The Golden Morning Breaks to her latest offering, the just-released Les ondes silencieuses, Colleen's eerie temperament (not without its Gothic touches) and multi-instrumentalist's range have garnered her dreamlike music an international reputation. Her recordings are highly regarded for their delicacy and their emotional texture. Likewise her live shows, featuring instrumentation over a century old, are heralded for their eclecticism, curiousity and above all for their beauty.

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Ex-Centris 31/05/2007

[CANADIAN DEBUT]Over the course of three albums, one Mort aux Vaches radio session, and one EP, French ambient artist Colleen (aka Cecile Schott) has steadily moved away from sampling classical compositions to playing the antiquated instruments once popular with 19th-century Parisian concertgoers herself. Whether it's the viola da gamba (a 7-string ancestor of the cello), the spinet (a variation of the harpsichord), the clarinet, crystal glasses, the guitar, or simply a sample, Colleen's creations have always used the lush, mesmeric qualities of a bygone era to evoke the atmospheric gloom of the ethereal music she makes today. From her career-highlight 2005 album The Golden Morning Breaks to her latest offering, the just-released Les ondes silencieuses, Colleen's eerie temperament (not without its Gothic touches) and multi-instrumentalist's range have garnered her dreamlike music an international reputation. Her recordings are highly regarded for their delicacy and their emotional texture. Likewise her live shows, featuring instrumentation over a century old, are heralded for their eclecticism, curiousity and above all for their beauty.
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