Hanover College welcomes Le Vent du Nord
French-Canadian Party band to perform Saturday as part of Community Arts Series
Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:00 AM
A quartet of Canadian musicians plans a performance at Hanover College as part of a two-season program in the Community Arts Series featuring musical talents from around the world this weekend.
Le Vent du Nord, a French-Canadian party band from Quebec, will feature some of their own original compositions, as well as the Quebec traditional folk repertoire, during their performance at Hanover College's Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The group performs traditional Quebecois music - a style influenced by Celtic music from Ireland and Brittany - with original numbers in the style in French. The band also captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party while infusing the old with a new fresh air, a release said.
Members of the quartet include: Nicolas Boulerice on vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano accordion and piano; Olivier Demers on vocals, fiddle, foot-tapping and guitar; Simon Beaudry on vocals, guitar and Irish bouzouki; and Rejean Brunet on vocals, diatonic button accordion, acoustic bass guitar, piano and jaw harp.
Boulerice grew up with a repertoire of traditional songs collected by his father, the group's website said. His passion for traditional music led him to Ireland and France, where he learned to play the hurdy-gurdy. Beaudry also grew up with a musical family, eventually earning a music degree at Joliette College.
Demers trained as a violinist and solid guitarist in chamber music before moving on to jazz, the website said. He has worked with a wide range of artists before focusing on the fiddle and traditional music. Brunet also grew up with traditional music during his childhood, performing with his brother as a duo before joining the quartet.
Le Vent du Nord, which formed in 2002, has performed thousands of times throughout North America and on television and radio programs throughout France and the United Kingdom. The group also has won two Junos - or Canada's equivalent of the Grammys - a Canadian Folk Music Award and 'Artist of the Year' at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.
Tickets for the concert are $12 in advance, $15 at the door for adults; $12 for senior citizens ages 65 and over; and $5 for high school-aged students and younger. Tickets may be purchased online at www.hanover.edu/arts or by calling the Hanover College Box Office at (812) 866-7110.
The concert featuring Le Vent du Nord is part of the Arts Midwest World Fest, which will include two international groups next year from China and Brazil. The festival performances are co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the 3M Foundation, MetLife Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission and Le Delegation du Quebec in Chicago.