Genticorum: Music of Quebec

Rooted in the soil of their native Quebec, ‘power trio’ Genticorum incorporates the dynamism of traditional North American and European folk (including Cajun and Celtic influences) into their vibrant music. Intricate fiddle, flute, and accordion work, vocal harmonies, guitar, and foot percussion combine with humor in a jubilant musical feast.

Genticorum have a rightful place amongst the new generation of internationally recognized
Quebequois Bands. Beautifully presented recording… harmonising brilliantly.

– The Living Tradition

This French-Canadian trio really are something of sensation and combine magnificent three part native tongue vocal harmonies with jaw dropping musicianship and really are up there with the best of the genre.

– Classic Rock Society UK

Genticorum have brought the music of Quebec and the North Eastern seaboard – (a) coastline that drips with song traditions carried there by centuries of seafaring – to the world. Their fourth album draws on the imagery of the voyage, with an intoxicating mix of flute, fiddle, feet, guitar and three-part harmonies.

– The Independent

For nearly 20 years, the traditional Quebec group Genticorum has been a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums have met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Known for their energy and stage presence, Genticorum has given more than 1000 concerts in more than 15 countries around the world.

This energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music, weaving together precise and intricate fiddle, flute, guitar, and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and energetic foot percussion. Their distinctive sound, sense of humor, and stage presence make them an absolute crowd pleaser.

PASCAL GEMME

Pascal Gemme is a leading light in Quebec’s traditional music scene.Known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes, Pascal is the fiddler, singer and arranger of the band, Genticorum, whose CDs have met with critical acclaim in several countries.

From a young age, the fiddle music and songs of his native province have captivated him.  After graduating with a degree in composition and band arrangements at Montreal’s St Laurent College, he immersed himself in the traditional music around him, playing, collecting and recording music found all over Quebec.  Pascal has developed a vast knowledge and is a leading exponent of the music.

YANN FALQUET
Yann Falquet is a very active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Québécois music scene. He has explored many styles of music and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz. Since then, he has developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America).

His involvement in the province’s traditional music scene has brought Yann to perform on numerous recordings, and to tour regularly throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia with Genticorum but also with JUNO award-winning Celtic and world group The McDades, the Jean-François Bélanger Trio and with cellist Natalie Haas.

NICHOLAS WILLIAMS
Nicholas Williams has developed a reputation as a versatile and sought-after musician in the traditional music scenes of Québec and New England.  His rhythmic yet nuanced style of flute playing draws from Irish and Scottish traditions, as well as from his studies of classical North Indian music.  After completing a BFA in world music and composition at York University, Nicholas moved to Québec in 2000,  where he has enjoyed exploring the common ground of his own diverse musical experiences with the rich Québécois musical tradition.  Also an accomplished accordion and piano player, he has been a member of the band Crowfoot since 2005, plays with fiddler Laura Risk, and in the Alex Kehler & Nicholas Williams duo.

Artist’s Website: Genticorum

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Genticorum
Firmly rooted in the soil of their native Quebec, ‘power trio’ Genticorum incorporates the dynamism of traditional North American and European folk (including Cajun and Celtic influences) into their vibrant music. Intricate fiddle, flute, and accordion work, vocal harmonies, guitar, and foot percussion combine with good-natured humor in a jubilant musical feast.

Single $900/Back-to-back $1200

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Curriculum/Theme, Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages

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