On Friday, January 24, 2020, two of the finest groups from Quebec, Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan, will perform together in Zankel Hall. The show called QuebecFest! will present the traditional and contemporary dance tunes of French-Canadian culture. The groups use hurdy-gurdy, jaw harp, guitar, and accordion along with richly harmonized songs and instrumentals.
Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan got together in 2016 and have performed traditional Quebec folk music throughout Quebec, the United States, France and Switzerland, and at the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall. In 2018, the two bands released a joint album titled Notre Album Solo that was awarded Album of the Year—Traditional at the Quebec Association for the Recording, Concert and Video Industries (ADISQ).
New York City’s iconic venue, Carnegie Hall, has announced the world music (including American folk music) concerts for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.
Fall 2019 Highlights: October—December
Celebrated Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo will map the voyage of African music and culture around the world throughout her Perspectives series. The series will begin with a program on October 19 in Zankel Hall that features Benin International Musical, a fast-rising ensemble that fuses rock, hip-hop and electronica with traditional music of Benin.
Her series continues with Diaspora Songs, on December 6 observing the effect that African music has had on the international music scene, led by musical director Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective and special guests to be announced.
On December 13, Ms. Kidjo will be honored by longtime friend and guitarist Lionel Loueke and his trio in a concert that both celebrates and reinvents many of her beloved songs.
Ms. Kidjo’s Perspectives concludes on March 14, 2020 with Daughter of Independence, a special celebration of her 60th birthday that also honors the anniversary of independence of her native Benin and other West African nations. She will be joined by a cast of stellar guests.
The Milk Carton Kids will present their harmonized vocals reminiscent of the Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel to Zankel Hall on November 1 as part of Rosanne Cash’s annual series, American Byways. The folk duo will play songs from their fourth album, All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do, which earned them a wave of critical praise and a 2018 Grammy nomination.
Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder will come together for a rare joint performance of songs from Johnny Cash’s beloved songbook on November 2. After immediately selling out four dates at the SFJAZZ Center and presenting two additional performances at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House in 2018, the duo brings this highly anticipated concert to New York City for the first time.
Winter / Spring 2020 Highlights: January—May
Two broadly popular groups from Quebec, Le Vent du Nord & De Temps Antan, will come together on January 24 in Zankel Hall in a high-spirited celebration of traditional and contemporary dance tunes and ballads of French-Canadian culture.
The second installment of Rosanne Cash’s American Byways series on April 24 in Zankel Hall features the unadulterated Mississippi Hill Country Blues of multi-instrumentalist Cedric Burnside (grandson of legendary bluesman R. L. Burnside) and guitarist-vocalist Molly Tuttle (daughter of bluegrass star Jack Tuttle). They each celebrate their incredible musical lineage in performances seeped in the southern American roots tradition.
All performances take place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage unless otherwise noted. For ticket information call 212-247-7800 or go to carnegiehall.org.
New Mexico’s annual celebration of World Music & Culture has announced new artists added to the 2019 program. The three new names include Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore (USA), Natu Camara (Guinea) and Sahba Motallebi (Iran). The festival will take place September 20 and 21, 2019 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The current lineup features:
47Soul (Palestine/Jordan) Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore (Downey, California / Lubbock, Texas) Natu Camara (Guinea) La Cuneta Son Machín (Nicaragua) Dat García (Argentina) Garifuna Collective (Belize) Lucibela (Cabo Verde) Carlos Medina (Las Vegas, New Mexico) Mdou Moctar (Niger) Sahba Motallebi (Iran) Pamyua (Inuit/Yup’ik) Le Vent du Nord (Quebec, Canada) Yandong Grand Singers (China)
Additional artists will be announced in the next weeks.
Carnegie Hall has announced a series of free concerts on Fridays at Bryant Park, July 12 – August 9, 2019. The five concerts will present outstanding artists in the areas of roots and classical music.
“For more than four decades, Carnegie Hall has partnered with community organizations in all five boroughs, offering free performances by renowned mainstage artists and rising musical stars in New York City neighborhoods, bringing together local residents and people from all over to share in great music,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “As part of this commitment to community, we are thrilled to return to Bryant Park this summer, presenting five fantastic concerts, kicking off next season’s Carnegie Hall Citywide series.”
This year’s concerts include renowned Canadian Quebecois act Le Vent du Nord (July 12); Ray and Vivian Chew’s Night of Inspiration, featuring Anthony Brown & group therAPy and The String Queens (July 19); funk-fueled New Orleans brass Cha Wa (July 26); classical music and dazzling virtuosity from Harlem Quartet (August 2); and, the finalé of the series, Carnegie Hall Citywide Night, with Matuto, Eileen Ivers, and Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas (August 9).
Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park; or, take the 7 train to 5th Avenue.
Canadian Quebecois band Le Vent du Nord has been busy lately with touring throughout the USA and a collaboration album with their colleagues De Temps Antan titled Notre Album Solo. Territoires is the band’s ninth album and it is another masterful work.
Le Vent du Nord combine a modernized vision of traditional
Quebecois roots music with evocative Celtic music. The five musicians deliver
dazzling instrumental musicianship, wonderful arrangements and the classic Quebecois
call and response vocals and foot tapping beats. The group also uses musical
instruments that are not typically found in Quebecois music, the hurdy gurdy
and the bouzouki.
“We’ve really added a bit of groovy stuff to this album,” says fiddler André Brunet. “Several songs have a riff with a bouzouki and bass. We’ve left things more open, skipping the answers in the traditional call and response sections and putting a bit of effects on the lead vocal. The sound turned out really rich.”
The current lineup includes Nicolas Boulerice on vielle à roue (hurdy gurdy), piano and vocals; Simon Beaudry on bouzouki, guitar and vocals; Olivier Demers on fiddle, bombarde, guitar, foot tapping and vocals; Réjean Brunet on bass, melodeon, bombarde and vocals; and André Brunet on fiddle, foot tapping and vocals.
Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan – Notre Album Solo (La Compagnie du Nord, 2018)
Two of the greatest acts in the Quebecois music scene, Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan, got together to record Notre Album Solo (Our Solo Album). It’s a delightful collection of recreated traditional music from Quebec (Canada) along with new pieces and some Celtic music elements.
You’ll find outstanding vocal work, including entertaining call and response vocals, foot percussion, fiddles, accordion, hurdy gurdy and more.
Notre Album Solo is a tribute to the Quebec traditional music revival that has been ongoing for the past decades. The two bands share tradition and family. Two members of each band have a brother in the other.
The CD booklet includes lyrics and song descriptions in French and English.
The artists featured in Notre Album Solo include Éric Beaudry on vocals, bouzouki, guitar; Simon Beaudry on vocals, bouzouki, guitar; Nicolas Boulerice on vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano; André Brunet on fiddle, foot tapping, vocals; Réjean Brunet on basses,button accordion, jaw harp, piano, vocals; Olivier Demers on fiddle, foot tapping, vocals, guitar, mandolin; Pierre-Luc Dupuis on button accordion,harmonica, jaw harp, vocals; and David Boulanger on fiddle, vocals.
Notre Album Solo presents masterful performances by Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan, celebrating Quebec’s effervescent Francophone culture.
Le Vent du Nord (North Wind) is an evolved traditional Quebecois band born of richly eclectic musical experiences and tastes. Originally founded by pianist and hurdy-gurdy player Nicolas Boulerice and fiddler Olivier Demers, (both formerly of Ad Vielle Que Pourra and Montcorbier), the band originally included tap-dancer/accordionist Benoit Bourque (formerly of Matapat) and singer/guitarist Bernard Simard (formerly of La Bottine Souriante). Bernard Simard was replaced in 2004 by Simon Beaudry on the same instrument: guitar/vocal.
Bourque insists that what makes Quebecois music special is its combination of infectious energy and its community roots. “Quebecois music to many ears is a mix between Irish and Cajun. Like Irish music the technical part of the music is very important: you have to play triplets, and you often play very fast. But there’s also a pleasure aspect that’s very strong in Quebecois music–to just share with people. It’s more of a kitchen approach where you share with your neighbors, friends and family.”
In 2004 Le Vent du Nord won Canada’s prestigious JUNO Award in the category “Roots and Traditional Album of the Year/Group” for their CD Maudite Moisson! In 2007, Rejean Brunet (of The Brunet Brothers) joined the band in the place of Benoit Bourque. Rejean is a consummate musician, and plays accordion, bass, piano and sings.
In 2019, Le Vent du Nord released Territoires. “We wanted to explore the quest for territories, physical or internal, or territories that don’t exist yet,” said fiddler Olivier Demers. “They are also impressions, colors and sentiments, a way of feeling, extreme joy or deep sadness.”
“We’re really added a bit of groovy stuff to this album,” added fiddler and foot tapper André Brunet, who joined Le Vent du Nord, “and several songs have a riff with a bouzouki and bass. We’ve left things more open, skipping the answers in the traditional call and response sections and putting a bit of effects on the lead vocal. The sound turned out really rich.”
Bursting with energy, musician-dancer Benoit Bourque has been conquering audiences for the past years. Performing first as a member of the famed ensemble Eritage, with whom he toured all over the continent, he made five recordings (three for children), and appeared with the group on TV and radio. Eritage had its own television program for three years in Quebec City. Benoit later became known as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher in numerous festivals and music camps at home and abroad. As a member of Eritage, and then by himself, Benoit has presented many workshops for children, in elementary as well as high schools, and even in nursery schools. From two to teens, he bewitches them all.
Benoit recorded La Gigue, a cassette and book especially made for learning French Canadian step dancing. Since 1980, Benoit has been the artistic director of Les ?clusiers de Lachine, a folkdance group that has gained international acclaim. He is also one of the founders of Le Carrefour Mondial de l’Accordeon, an international accordion festival where he acts as artistic adviser, master of ceremonies, and performer.
From 1993 to 1994, Benoit was on the Board of Directors of Le Conseil Quebecois du Patrimoine Vivant (The Live Heritage of Quebec Council). From 1994 to 1996 he performed with the new French folk music ensemble Ad Vielle Que Pourra, touring with them all over Canada and the United States. Although Benoit specializes in dancing, “Calling” dances, and traditional percussion playing (bones and spoons), he plays other instruments, including guitar, recorder, mandolin and accordion.
Benoit was a founding member of Matapat. The other founders were Acadian born Gaston Bernard, a multi-instrumentalist who is equally facile on mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bouzouki and has been involved in a variety of musical projects, ranging from French to Greek, Celtic and African music. Composer/arranger Simon Lepage added his diverse background in world music, jazz and classical as a rich compliment to the band’s unique presence on the stage. All three harmonized beautifully on songs and ballads, all introduced in English and sung in French. Benoit and Gaston were former members of the renowned band Ad Vielle Que Pourra.
Benoit left Matapat in 2002 to join Le Vent du Nord, an innovative Quebecois band founded by pianist and hurdy-gurdy player Nicolas Boulerice and fiddler Olivier Demers, (both formerly of Ad Vielle Que Pourra and Montcorbier).
The Savannah Music Festival 2017 will present an impressive set of world music and American roots sounds. The festival will take place from March 23 to April 8, 2017.
The lineup includes acclaimed Québécois traditional ensembles Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan; Canary Island timple (a small Spanish guitar) maestro Germán López; Dom Flemons; Foghorn Stringband; Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms; cellist and vocalist Leyla McCalla; Haitian vodou drum and dance ensemble Chouk Bwa Libète; dobro maestro Jerry Douglas with celebrated bluegrass band the Earls of Leicester; Molsky’s Mountain Drifters; Irish accordionist Máirtín O’Connor; Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie; Holt & Coleman; banjo player Noam Pikelny; Sufi singer Sanam Marvi; 80-year-old virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal; mandolinist Danilo Brito’s choro quintet; Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall; and admired Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha with an original score for the 1930 Dovzhenko silent film, Earth.
Tickets to the 2017 festival are available online at savannahmusicfestival.org, by phone at 912-525-5050 and in person at 216 E. Broughton Street in Savannah.
Le Vent Du Nord, the leading French-Canadian band, is set to perform on April 11 in Brooklyn (New York). The award-winning group will showcase its new album titled Têtu (Borealis Records). Le Vent Du Nord combines traditional Québécois music with the modern sounds of Montréal.
Têtu means Determined and includes 15 tracks dealing with politics, love, and satire, plus several foot-stomping pieces.
The lineup includes Nicolas Boulerice on vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano accordion, piano; Olivier Demers on vocals, fiddle, foot-tapping and guitar; Simon Beaudry on vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki; and Réjean Brunet on vocals, diatonic button accordion, acoustic bass guitar, piano and jaw harp.