|Le Vent du Nord at Festival Chants de Vielles 2013, Quebec • Guillaume Morin photo|
Le Vent du Nord happy with venture into classical
The band members of Le Vent du Nord have become used to their role as ambassadors of Québécois folk music, having performed the foot-stomping tunes across the country and abroad.
So when the opportunity to build another bridge presented itself — this time between musical disciplines — they were up for that, too.
But that doesn’t mean they weren’t a bit wary before recording an album with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. Folk musicians often have certain preconceived notions about classical musicians, and vice versa, according to Le Vent du Nord’s Nicolas Boulerice.
“People from classical music look at folk music as very simple, gentle music, but not very interesting. And folk musicians look at classical musicians as snobby people. So we had that prejudice to each other,” Boulerice, who sings and plays the hurdy-gurdy, piano and piano-accordion with the band, said in an interview. “We said OK, let’s do it. But basically, we’ll see.”
He’s happy they did.
WESTERN CANADA TOUR
7-9 MARCH; VICTORIA, BC, CANADA: LE VENT DU NORD AT ROYAL THEATRE for VS Pops Series
March 7 & 8, at 8PM
March 9, at 2PM
via Le Vent du nord: Next week we will start our western Canada tour at The Royal & McPherson Theatres Society with Victoria Symphony next march 7, 8, 9. With this concert consisting of songs & melodies of our discography, we offer a full program of works from the traditional repertoire of Quebec arranged for full orchestra by Tom Myron. This project is totally original and presented in British Columbia for the first time. A rollicking good time upcoming. Join us there!
Infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party. These Juno award winners are compelling Francophone folk music ambassadors who have received critical acclaim and audience adoration from across Europe and North America.
11 MARCH; CUMBERLAND, BC, CANADA at The Cumberland Hotel
Le Vent Du Nord – Vancouver Island MusicFest
St. Albert (AB, March 12), Golden (BC, March 13), Merritt (BC, March 14), Whistler (BC, March 15), Maple Ridge (BC, March 16)
TICKETS NOW IN SALE
All details: www.leventdunord.com
"A cohesive playing style, a powerful groove, an almost rock attitude, the clarity of the voices, the accuracy of the instruments, the strength of the proposals, the realization of form. Surely among the elite of North American traditional Francophone bands."- Alain Brunet, LA PRESSE
"Le Vent du Nord have become "the leading exponents of Quebec's culture". WORLD MUSIC NETWORK UK
"A forceful wind (...) a piece of work infused with the serenity, symbiosis and friendship that now exists within this seasoned quartet. "- Ralph Boncy, espace.mu
"You'd be hard pushed to find such imaginative change-ups of tempo and rhythm and such freshness of sound'', Jeff Kaliss - Songlines Magazine (UK)
"If you've seen them before, you already know. ... one of the best bands touring today, no matter your musical taste" - Syracuse News Time (US)
"Impeccably played and recorded, with unmistakeable soul and spirit." - Richard Thornley, PENGUIN EGGS MAGAZINE (Canada)
ALSO: 21 MARCH IN HAMILTON, MT, USA
Le Vent du Nord: Canadian folk band headed for Hamilton PAC stage: Cajun meets Celtic meets Quebec in the music of Le Vent du Nord, and it’s a swirling mix that spells a high-energy musical experience. The foursome will sweep onto the Performing Arts Center stage at 8 p.m. next Friday, March 21 in Hamilton.
ALSO: 22 MARCH IN KETCHUM, ID, USA
Idaho Mountain Express: Hibernation is over - March 19, 2014: In Cajun country, you would call the blend of tradtional folk music a gumbo. In Ireland, a stew. If it’s a healthy dose of all that with a splash of Quebecois, it’s Le Vent du Nord. This quartet—alternately raucous and triumphant while regularly sublime—will entertain audiences on Saturday, March 22, as guests of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Sun Valley Opera House.
website: Nouvelles | Le Vent du Nord
The #HurdyGurdy Weekly :|: #HGWeekly :|: http://tinyurl.com/HGWeekly