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Mélisande [électrotrad]


Wednesday, July 4 @ 8:30pm
$25 Advance/ $30 Door

NEW MILLENIUM QUEBEC TRAD
Drawing from a rich heritage of traditional francophone songs, Quebec singer Mélisande unearths rare treasures that she adapts and presents with a feminist perspective and the distinctly modern sound of the band. Mélisande [électrotrad] offers an energetic blend of traditional music, pop and electro with a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, vocal harmonies and programming. Led by Mélisande and her husband Alexandre ‘Moulin’ de Grosbois-Garand, the group offers a fresh artistic proposal to the folk-world-trad music scene. Its first album Les métamorphoses (La Prûche Libre, 2014), greatly acknowledged by the critics here and abroad, won a Canadian Folk Music Award and an Independent Music Award as well a being nominated at ADISQ. Since the release of the album, the band performed over 50 concerts in Canada, the United States, France and Australia.

LES MILLÉSIMES
Their new album Les millésimes (Borealis Records, Feb 2017) offers a collection of traditional French-language songs carefully selected during research in various archive centres in Quebec and United States. Like great wines, good songs improve with age and Mélisande [électrotrad] took great pleasure in cooking up these reinterpretations of great vintage songs. Mélisande and her partner ‘Moulin’ gathered an amazing team of collaborators to give a new life to these songs and push further the fusion of genres.
MÉLISANDE : lead vocal, jaw harp
ALEXANDRE ‘MOULIN’ DE GROSBOIS-GARAND : flute, bass, keyboards, programming, vocal

GUEST MUSICIANS
Robin Boulianne | David Boulanger : violin, banjo, foot percussions, vocal
Alexis Martin | Lionel Kizaba : drums, programming, vocal

GUEST DANCERS
Yaëlle Azoulay : urban step-dancing
Greg ‘Krypto’ Selinger : folk breakdance

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Canadian Folk Music Awards 2017 Nominee – Traditional Singer of the Year & Pushing the Boundaries
Independent Music Awards 2016 Vox Pop Winner – World Beat album of the Year
Canadian Folk Music Awards 2014 Winner – Traditional Singer of the Year
ADISQ 2015 Nominee – Album of the year – Traditional

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PRESS HIGHLIGHTS
« […] a creative, inspiring and delightful milestone in Francophone – and global – folk music. […] If this is the future of folk, we’re in good hands. » POP MATTERS

« An unusually well-balanced blend. […] definitely achieved some hard-edged traditude! » HUFFINGTON POST US EDITION
« Awesome vocals, & tasteful electronic embellishments. A fresh take on a fine genre & a real treat! » WRUV REVIEW
« It’s fun. It’s really well done. […] This is a lovely record. » PENGUIN EGGS
« This albums marks a new chapter in Québécois trad music. […] A true success ! » LE DEVOIR
« This album greatly deserves a BRAVO !!! » TRAD MAGAZINE (FRANCE)
« Here is a nice way to get introduced to Québécois folk music » L’ÉVEIL
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