The faculty of the Selkirk College Contemporary Music and Technology program has released its first album in its 20 year history, entitled "Souvenir."
Produced by Don Macdonald and recorded by Steven Parish, the album celebrates 20 years of music instruction at Selkirk College. Performers include: Cheryl Hodge, Darren Mahe, Kiyo Elkuf, Mark Spielman, Glenn Mitchell, Paul Landsberg, Laura Landsberg, Gilles Parenteau, Don Macdonald and Steven Parish. Proceeds from the sale of the album will go towards a music scholarship that will be available to students enrolled in the program.
By combining a classic rhythm section of bass, drums, guitar and keys with vocals and horns, Souvenir covers classics such as the Beatles’ "Come Together", Jeff Beck’s "You Know What I Mean" and Chick Corea’s "Sea Journey". Original compositions showcase the stylistic range of this multi-talented troupe in genres including up-tempo modal jazz, rock and roll, funk and soulful blues.
"We love to play and we hope it shows," says Composition Instructor, Don Macdonald. "We wanted a way to showcase the talents of our faculty, assist our students, and mark the 20th anniversary of the Contemporary Music and Technology program at the college. This seemed like a natural way to cover all of our bases."
The Selkirk music faculty CD, Souvenir, is now available for digital download and CD ordering from CD Baby or selkirkmedia.com. It is also available at the book shops on the Tenth Street and Castlegar campuses, Pack Rat Annie’s, Otter Books and Coles in Nelson.
First published on November 27, 2009