Genticorum: 8th Annual Program – World Traditional Album IMA Nominee


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Heidi Fleming

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For a three piece, Genticorum makes a very full and glorious noise, both instrumentally and vocally… This is a band that’s going to go places.

Over the last few years, Genticorum has become one of the most soughtafter proponents of Québécois musical culture, having performed and toured in over 15 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar and bass accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence make them a supreme crowd pleaser.
Their sophomore album “Malins Plaisirs” was released in Canada in 2005 and won the Canadian Folk Music Award in the “Best Ensemble” category and was nominated for JUNO (Canada) and Felix Awards (Québec). Now released in Europe, in collaboration with the Weatherbox label, the album still collects rave reviews.

Their brand new album, “La Bibournoise”, was released in Canada in April 2008 and is already garnering critical acclaim. It it was awarded “Best traditional album” at the CFMA. It builds on Genticorum’s trademark sound, combining rollicking interpretations of traditional Quebecois folk songs with a collection of original instrumentals written in the traditional style. Energetic and folky at the same time, excellent in harmonized song as in the most frenzied rhythms; sometimes it’s hard to believe there are just three band-members!
Yann Falquet :
guitar, jew’s harp, vocals
Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand :
wooden flute, electric bass, fiddle, vocals

Pascal Gemme :
fiddle, feet, vocals