Valse De Noël: An Acadian-cajun Christmas Revels
The Revels Chorus; Murphy, Keith; Emlen, George; The Revels Children Chorus; Henderson, Megan; Vachon, Josée; Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble; Ornstein, Lisa; Frank, Natalie; Kaminsky, Michelle; Moniz, Maggie; Bradbury, Alan
After their harsh deportment from the Canadian Maritimes in the 18th century, French-speaking Acadian people were scattered across the American continent. Many of them landed in the multicultural Louisiana, where “Acadian” music evolved into “Cajun,” while those who eventually returned to Canada rekindled their distinct style. Today the two genres are vastly different, yet their historical links remain. The fiddle is the driving force in both Acadian and Cajun dance music, and many of the traditional songs embody themes of deep longing. In spite of the challenges that both peoples have faced, they know how to make their own fun, and their music can’t be taken too seriously. Both groups also love to dance. This collection includes both vocal and instrumental music from both of these culturally rich communities. This release reflects their shared commitment to laissez les bon temps rouler- let the good times roll!