Quebec band Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind) is the recipient of the Grand Prix du Disque 2012 ‘Musique du Monde’ (World Music) from ‘The Académie Charles Cros.’ The award was given in recognition of the quartet’s latest album titled Tromper Le Temps (Deceiving the Time) released on Borealis Records.
The award ceremony took place on Thursday November 29th, at the Charles Trenet Auditorium in Paris.
Le Vent du Nord’s lineup includes Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Réjean Brunet and Simon Beaudry. They perform traditional Québécois music in French which is profoundly influenced by Celtic music from Ireland and Brittany. The album Tromper le Temps sees Le Vent du Nord pushing their own limits and exploring their vocal harmonies and musical textures.
The group uses a very diverse range of musical instruments enhanced by Québécois foot percussion.
Prior to receiving The Académie Charles Cros Award for World Music their previous album La Part du Feu earned them their second Juno Award (Canada’s most important music award).
The Académie Charles Cros is a French organization that was created in 1947 by a group of music critics and specialists in the field of recorded music.
Under the auspices of the President of the French Republic, each year the academy honors artists performing in the French-speaking world across a number of musical genres.
Since its inception the institution has honored several Quebec artists including Felix Leclerc, Gilles Vigneault, Robert Charlebois, Michel Rivard, Richard Desjardins etc.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.