In Australia, December marks the beginning of summer. So leave it to Aussie composer and Gold-selling recording artist Charlie Chan to take a warm, jazzy approach to yuletide classics on "Christmas In Australia - Summer Relaxation," slated for Dec. 11 worldwide release from Big Black Shiny Piano.
"Everywhere you go at Christmas time you hear the same old songs over and over again. They start to drive you mad," the noted film and television composer says. "I decided to record new versions of these lovely old songs and help everyone calm down and relax over the holiday season."
Chan's long and varied career has touched on ambient soundscapes, tribal folk, jazz improvisation and world music, selling more than 500,000 downloads to date. The multi-instrumentalist is well-known in Australia for a critically acclaimed solo career on the Sony Masterworks label, including 1998's Gold-selling "Wild Swans," a boundary-busting blend of classical and ambient influences. Chan parlayed her success as a recording artist into a 25-year career as a composer: she recently scored the hit Australian TV drama "Killing Time," adding to a long list of credits that includes down-under television staples "McLeod's Daughters" and "Australian Story." Chan has also written for feature films including "Me Myself and I," festivals, stage productions and documentaries.
With "Christmas in Australia - Summer Relaxation," Chan gets back to basics on favorites like "Silent Night," "Jingle Bells" and "The Little Drummer Boy." "When you listen to them, I hope you'll feel a magical festive feeling," Chan says.
For those looking for a fresh and classic take on holiday favorites, Charlie Chan's "Christmas in Australia - Summer Relaxation" will be available worldwide Dec. 11 on Big Black Shiny Piano.
For additional information, please visit http://charliechan.com.au.
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