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Beautiful City (Christmas 2016)

Matt first began working with Craig Hella Johnson in San Francisco during his tenure with the men’s a cappella ensemble Chanticleer with whom he recorded two Grammy® Award-winning albums. Since Matt’s debut solo release in 2007, his songs have taken him to stages across the globe from Tchaikovsky Hall to Lincoln Center. In 2015 Matt was appointed by The U.S. State Department as musical ambassador to Russia, Hungary, Kosovo and again to Sudan, Africa to work with young artists studying recording arts & broadcast journalism. Matt is actively involved with young artists as co-performer & mentor including ongoing projects with Toronto, Ontario’s famed El Sistema program & Portland, Oregon’s first LGBTQ youth chorus, Bridging Voices. Between tours, Matt also works behind the lens producing music films & documentary. His music and films can be found at mattalber.com. Matt also appears on three Conspirare albums: Sing Freedom, Something Beautiful and, most recently, Considering Matthew Shepard. When this 2015 Conspirare Christmas CD was released, Matt was touring his 4th studio album Wind Sand Stars.

With Featured Artist Matt Alber

Recorded live December 2016 at The Carillon on Exposition, Austin, TX

Thomas Burritt, Percussion
Additional piano / vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson. Arrangements not otherwise noted are by Craig Hella Johnson.

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02.24.17 press release


  1. Gitanjali Chants (Rabindranath Tagore, arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
  2. Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (John Hughes)
  3. Breakable / O Come Little Children (Ingrid Michaelson / Johann A.P. Schulz)
  4. Forgive The Children We Once Were (Eric Richard Hölljes, Ian Christian Hölljes)
  5. Veni Emmanuel (Traditional)
  6. Avuksihuutopsalmi (Eionjuhani Rautavaara)
  7. Watching for Dolphins (Craig Hella Johnson)
  8. There’s Still My Joy (Beth Nielsen Chapman)
  9. Song of the Stars (William Cullen Bryant, arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
  10. I Want To Know What Love Is (Mick Jones)
  11. End of the World (Matt Alber)
  12. Love I Am Frightened (Rumi, arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
  13. The Times They are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan)
  14. All Good People (Eric Richard Hölljes, Ian Christian Hölljes)
  15. Pure Imagination (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
  16. Shall We Gather at the River / Africa (Traditional / David Piach, Jeff Porcaro)
  17. Beautiful City (Stephen Schwartz)
  18. Dance In The Graveyards (Eric Richard Hölljes, Ian Christian Hölljes)
  19. All of Us / Tightrope / Happy (Craig Hella Johnson / Nathanial Irvin, Charles Joseph II, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, Janelle Robinson / Pharrell Williams)
  20. The Christmas Song (Mel Torme, Robert Wells)
  21. Mary, Did You Know? (Mark Lowry, Buddy Greene)
  22. Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow (African American Spiritual)
  23. Do You Hear What I Hear? (Noel Regeny, Gloria Shayne)
  24. Jingle Bells (James Pierpont, arr. Julien Neel)
  25. Softly (Will Todd)
  26. Lullabye (Good Night, My Angel) (Billy Joel)
  27. We Clasp the Hands (Craig Hella Johnson)
  28. I Could Have Danced All Night (Frederick Loewe, arr. Craig Hella Johnson)

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