Le Vent du Nord in Concert

What: Cornell Folk Song Society Concert
When: Saturday, February 27, 2009
Where: Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, Cornell University,
Ithaca, NY
How Much: $17/$15 (door/advance) / $12/10 students / $3 off: members, seniors, teens / $free: kids

Le Vent du Nord

This wild wind out of Canada blows hot, not cold! With passion, precision, and playful charm, LVDN has taken the world of Gallic dance and song by glorious storm, earning accolades including Canada's JUNO, Boston Globe's Album of the year (2009), the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance Best Artist award, and the Best of Bound for Glory.

Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Simon Beaudry, and Rejean Brunet meld four rich voices, hurdy gurdy, accordions, fiddle, piano, guitars, mandolin, bodhran, jaw harp, bones, and foot percussion in traditional Quebecois music and their own spirited compositions. They also skillfully embrace Breton, Celtic, Gypsy, Senegalese, Indonesian, and New Orleans Dixie jazz music, with effortless transitions between styles.

Over the years, LVDN members have performed with such stellar groups as Eritage, Matapat, Ad vielle que pourra, La Bottine Souriante, Montcorbier, and La Volee d'Castors. They're well-versed in the French Canadian heritage of call and response and crooked dance tunes, stunningly tight vocal harmony, and achingly beautiful music.

Kerry Dexter of Dirty Linen writes: "It's a wild ride through French-Canadian music, with just enough of the quieter side of things to catch your breath and prepare you for the next round of flying fiddle notes, hurdy-gurdy circles, and stories in song." This will be a rare night of high-energy music with a decidedly French twist, from age-old to original, performed with finesse and infectious joy! When LVDN plays, it's hard for audiences to stay seated. Dance space at the back of the hall will be in demand.

On Sunday, February 28, Le Vent du Nord will give various workshops: instruments, foot percussion, songs, and some Quebecois social dance. Tentative time: 11am-4pm, with a potluck lunch. For info, contact Margaret Shepard, [mbs19@cornell.edu] or 607.582.7655.

Tickets are available at Ludgate Farm Market, Ithaca Guitar Works, Greenstar Co-op, Bound for Glory, and at the door. You may also order tickets online and by mail: SASE to CFSC, PO Box 481, Ithaca, NY 14851.

(Margaret B. Shepard)

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