- Alexandre deGrosbois-Garand (wooden flute, electric bass, vocals)
- Pascal Gemme (fiddle, feet, vocals)
- Yann Falquet (guitar, jaw harp, vocals)
- region:North America
- type:Band, Solo, Composer/Songwriter
- instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
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GENTICORUM has become one of the most sought-after exponents of Quebecois musical culture, having now performed and toured across North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania more than 15 countries in all. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, this energetic and original power trio also incorporate the dynamism of contemporary North American and European folk cultures into their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and guitar and bass accompaniment into a jubilant musical feast. GENTICORUM's distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence make it a supreme crowd pleaser though never at the expense of the music.
GENTICORUM's second album, Malins Plaisirs, released in Canada in 2005, won in the Best Ensemble category at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and was nominated for Juno (Canada) and Felix (Quebec) awards. La Bibournoise recently won in the Best Trad Album category at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The trio's brand new album, La Bibournoise, was released in Canada in April 2008 to critical acclaim. This work builds on GENTICORUM's trademark sound, combining rollicking interpretations of Quebec folk songs with original instrumentals written in the traditional style. Energetic yet folky, its harmonized songs sublime, its frenzied rhythms mesmerizing its arrangements fresh and unique this is La Bibournoise, and sometimes it's hard to believe it is the work of just three band members Now released in Europe and Australia (in collaboration with the Weatherbox label) and the US (through Mad River) the album is getting rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
Yann Falquet is a truly active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Quebecois music scene. He has explored many styles of music and completed a Bachelors degree in Jazz. Since then, he has developed a personal guitar style for Quebec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America, etc). His involvement in traditional music scene brought Yann to perform on numerous recordings, and to regularly tour throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. He also toured for three years with the award winning celtic/world group The McDades. Yann had the opportunity to teach at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, at the Goderich Celtic College as well as at the Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp.
Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand
For the first years of his career he was known on the Montreal musical scene as a funk-latin-jazz composer/arranger and bass player. He studied jazz arrangement and pop electric bass but his growing passion for folk music gave him a taste for the wooden flute, which he started to play in 1997. Since then, Alexandre has devoted much time and energy creating a Quebec flute style, which can be heard in Genticorum. Since 2002, he has taught flute and whistle in a folk music school in Montreal (Ecole des Arts de la Veillee). Alexandre has also played with bands of a variety of styles, including folk-pop band Perdu l'Nord, for which he composed and played bass and flute. Alexandre has performed for many important musical events and recorded with several artists of various styles.
Since the completion of his degree in big-band arrangements and classical and jazz guitar, Pascal has been searching for seldom heard songs and melodies and interpreting his own compositions with a unique, unmistakable style. Inspired to take up the fiddle by the playing of his grandfather, he developed a solid technique and acquired a wide repertoire through the years. He has played with and has been inspired by many great Quebecois singers and fiddlers. He gave some master classes in the USA in recent years and since 2003 has taught fiddle in Montreal's folk music school (Ecole des Arts de la Veillee), the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, the Goderich Celtic College as well as at the Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp. Pascal is also a great singer of Quebec folk songs with a rich and interesting style and repertoire, mostly learned from older singers. Pascal does most of the arrangements for Genticorum and was also the arranger/composer for the show Chantier by Zeugma, a Quebecois-Celtic-World dance company. He's also working as a producer for different musical projects and a studio musician for commercial radio and television.
The Independent: London: 5 best gigs of the week (May 09) "They're one of Canada's leading traditional bands, & given their big, powerful sound, it's hard to believe they're just a trio".
BBC Radio 2 "A real good & great jump about feel good factor about their music. One of the most sort after exponents of Quebecois musical culture. I hope that had you hopping around the kitchen with your clogs on.".
Songlines "Their robut vocals & sheer energy are satisfying, but ultimately it's the sense of playfulness married to a sonic richness - and those interesting original arrangements that makes this recording such a devlish pleasure.
Froots "A vigorous & exciting approach to Quebecois music. They have a very full & varied sound for a trio. 3 excellent voices share the singing of some punchy call & response items & there are some lovely driving instrumentals."
The Scotsman "A wide variety of Quebois musicians will take the stage at Celtic Connections festival & the most interesting is Genticorum. This three-man group's voices combine raw energy with irresistible charm."
Agent: Europe: Active USA: Herschel Freeman
Canada: Marilyn Gilbert AU: Newsouthfolk
La Grondeuse Oppossum
a comp. by Pascal Gemme starts slow, speeds up
Les Culottes d'Vlour
trad lyrics music by Pascal Gemme
J'y vais mon train
an old song about voluntary simplicity
a lively nonsense song