Christiane Cargill | Metamorphosis (Enhanced CD)

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Metamorphosis (Enhanced CD)

by Christiane Cargill

Passionate Celtic ballades featuring lush piano and chamber music orchestrations, combined with poetic story-telling. This is an Enhanced CD which also features a music video, and a behind the scenes documentary about the making of Metamorphosis.
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1. Isle of Skye
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2. Four Green Fields
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3. Green Fields of France
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4. Loch Lomond
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5. Scottish Ballade
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6. Gentle Spirit
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7. Whiskey on a Sunday
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8. Ceili
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Christiane Cargill was born and raised in Orange County, California. An accomplished and agile pianist with a gift for melodies and a fluid, soulful voice, she begged to take piano and organ lessons at the tender age of 3, while her legs were still too short to reach the pedals.

Christiane studied classical works with great enthusiasm, but found herself drawn to musical composition and songwriting. She wrote her first song at age 8, and had several albums worth of material written by the time she graduated high school. Christiane received a music scholarship to attend the University of California in Irvine, where she graduated with honors, receiving degrees in piano performance and psychology. After college, Christiane fronted the Los Angeles-based bands ELYN and Riddle the Sphinx, and enjoyed composing for several film projects.

Christiane also co-founded the non-profit organization HeARTS Giving Hope, and was featured in Glamour Magazine's 2005 Woman of the Year issue, and honored with the Toyota Moving Forward Award for bringing music and art therapy to at-risk children. A fiery redhead, Christiane loves to try new things, including scuba diving, indoor skydiving, hang-gliding, and firewalking, to name a few. So its no surprise that this passion for life comes out in her music.

In 2006, she decided to launch her first solo project, exploring her Scottish and Irish heritage. She says, "On this project, I've stepped back from the full band sound, as I wanted to make an intimate recording, capturing the mood and feel of Ireland and Scotland, and what those places have meant to me."

Christiane collaborated with engineer and co-producer David Peters on the project, and arranged the songs with an intimate chamber music feel, including piano & vocals, violin, cello, flute, and accordian, as well as percussion from Riddle the Sphinx bandmate Christo Pellani.

The decision to make a Celtic album came from the overwhelming response she received on her version of "Danny Boy," which was offered as a bonus track to people who pre-ordered the full-length Riddle the Sphinx CD, "Fun House." "I've been performing a few of the Irish songs at a gig here and there, and I'm really excited about the responses we've heard; people really seem to connect with these traditional songs, and as an artist, it's a wonderful challenge to take these songs and try to make them my own." In addition to traditional songs, the new Enhanced CD, "Metamorphosis," features four original songs.

After recently opening for the Young Dubliners, Christiane says "I've got the bug for it now. I've always been in love with Celtic music, and I'm really looking forward to jumping into this project with both feet!"

ABOUT THE ALBUM

Christiane’s debut solo release, “Metamorphosis,” is a romantic journey into her Scottish and Irish heritage, exploring the celtic ballades that she loved as a child, with a dreamy and intimate collection of classics and original songs that are both beautiful and touching.

Co-Produced by Christiane Cargill and David Peters, they assembled a stellar cast of guest musicians for Metamorphosis, including Paul McIntire (violin), Carter Dewberry (cello), Rebecca Kleinmann (flute), Christo Pellani (drums and percussion), and Bob Malone (accordion), to give the album an intimate, personal flare.

The artwork masterfully captures the elegance and beauty of the music and the landscapes of Ireland and Scotland. The enhanced CD also features photographs, lyrics, a five-minute music video for "Four Green Fields," and an eight-minute Behind the Scenes Documentary on the making of Metamorphosis, by award-winning filmmaker Sean Kinney.


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Mark Strickland - All Access Music Group


This young lass does a spanky job with some traditional Gaelic favorites, all the while adding a nice touch with some beautiful songs of her own. Fair play to ya' Chris!!

Cargill's piano work has obviously been perfected from a young age. Her opening track Isle of Skye absolutely soars as the melodic soundscape sets up an impressive introduction of what is to come. Other notable tracks on the record include Memory's Shade, Ceili, and the piano motif she adds to Danny Boy gives the song new life.

Guest musicians include Jazz/Brazilian flautist Rebecca Kleinmann who also does a splendid job with the various Celtic instruments and some occasional backing vocals. The album is also complimented with some impressive string work by Carter Dewberry on cello, and Paul McIntyre on violin. Blues man Bob Malone puts his signature on the record adding accordion to the Irish standard "Whiskey On A Sunday," and Christo Pellani keeps the cadence with a variety of percussive instrumentation.

Chris Cargill's "Metamorphosis" is one of those contemplative records that is great to listen to on a rainy Sunday morning near the fire with a cup of tea (Irish tea of course).

Carlos E. Zeisel

Good Venture
Cargill's venture in Celtic music is a nice segway from Riddle the Sphinx. The melodies and styling are great for a music lover.

Anita Erickson

"Must Have" for lovers of Celtic and beautiful music
There isn't a bad track on the entire CD. From the opening "Isle of Skye" to the end, it carries you on a mystical, enchanting and relaxing journey. Danny Boy is, without question, the best rendition ever of this beloved classic. Gentle Spirit is a melodious work of art. Four Green Fields, Green Fields of France, and Scottish Ballade stir passion in your heart. This is a "must have" for all lovers of Celtic and beautiful music. I promise you will listen to it again and again!

Roger Wolvington

Excellent Celtic CD
An excellent CD, this has a good balance of vocals and instruments with neither to over powering. A nice collection of traditional songs. Hopefully we'll get another CD from Christiane in the future. Maybe "The Wind that Shakes the Barley"?

Polly Brown

Great all-inclusive selection that should satisfy everyone's taste. Loved it!
I'm very impressed with the range of music that this CD provides with a Celtic flair. I appreciate the instrumentals and feel it was a good addition to the beautiful vocals. The rendition of Danny Boy is my favorite of any I've ever heard. I also thoroughly enjoy the Gentle Spirit rendition and love the harmony. I think this song has a lot to offer the soul of many who are living through the tragedy of war that our Country is experiencing at this time. I'm a proud owner and would recommend it for easy, thoughtful listening.

Indy Kitty

A must have CD in anyone's collection!
A must have in your collection. Great from the first song to of course the best version I have heard of Danny Boy! The fact that it's enhanced is icing on the cake! BUY THIS CD, you won't be sorry!

April

Lovely voice with classic Celtic music... what more could you ask for?
I love the Celtic songs. They are sung with such beauty and passion which makes them felt in the heart of the listener. I am very happy with it. The new songs are in the same vein and well done.

Roxanne )0(

It's Beautiful, Chris Sounds like a Beautiful Nimph of the Ocean!
It is well put together... Sounds Awsum!! I play it while I work in my garden...

Marina V

Beautiful
This is beautiful!!!