As the accordionist, the violinist and clarinetist jammed together to The Godfather theme in the halls of the conservatory, they knew exactly what they had to do: Start a klezmer band.
But what happened was a completely different story. Joined by a whole family of other instruments, Sagapool went from Balkan and Gypsy-inflected impromptu shows on the summer streets of Old Montreal to crafting acoustic original instrumentals as a six-piece band—one so in synch that it’s no surprise when the guitarist jumps up to join the bassist for a thumping four-handed riff. It’s a gang of good friends and relatives sharing long, winding stories (the sagas in Sagapool)—but with stunning chops.
Now the inventive ensemble turns inward, adding a Northern note to their wild and swirling romps on Sagapool (Canada release: March 6, 2012; U.S. release: March 20, 2012), a gentle reflection on everything from Quebec’s remote and windswept reaches to quiet winter mornings. Nonetheless, Sagapool can’t help but add an ample dose of the group’s characteristic, sustaining quirky humor, chronicling bittersweet grooves for synth-addicted cousins and last-minute leaps on stage.
“Early on, we were bringing heat to the cold winter, but now we’re assuming our northerness,” exclaims clarinetist and co-founder Guillaume Bourque. “I think the result is really well balanced. We’re known for our energetic pieces, when people switch instruments—we all can play all the instruments involved. And we keep that energy, even if our music feels more introspective.”
This mix of good-natured shenanigans, striking musical skill, and Northern thoughtfulness has won Sagapool a Canadian Folk Music Award (Best Instrumental Album, 2008) and gained them showcases at major music events like WOMEX (2010). Their dynamic, freewheeling show will reach the U.S. and Canada, as the group tours in March and April 2012. The band’s journey will take them from North Carolina to Northern New England, with a stop in New York (Living Room, March 29), and to the Maritimes.
SAGAPOOL MEMBERS ARE MULTI-INSTRUMENTISTS:
Zoé Dumais : VIOLIN + glockenspiel
Luzio Altobelli : ACCORDION + drums, piano, doublebass
Guillaume Bourque : CLARINET + clarinet basse
Dany Nicolas : GUITAR + doublebass + piano
Marton Maderspach : DRUMS + percussions + doublebass
Alexis Dumais : DOUBLEBASS + PIANO + percussions
NEW ALBUM SAGAPOOL: Winner of Felix awards: Best instrument album- Adisq 2012
Available on iTunes, eMusic and most music portals :
Sagapool- Sagapool march 2012 Canada/CFMMusik-select distribution USA/Redeye
Sagapool - Épidode Trois 2008 / Disques Anubis (Outside Music)
GAMIQ and Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee for best World Album and best instrumental group.
Under Manouche's name:
St-Urbain Café - 2005 - ADISQ Nominated (Best Album - Instrumental) / Independant (LOCAL)
Apprenti Moustachu - 2002 / Independant (LOCAL)
See complete Press Kit
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See complete Press Kit at : http://www.coopfauxmonnayeurs.com/files/uploads/DossierSagapool.pdf ...See complete Press Kit at :
The nomad dream
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Manouche (now Sagapool) is like the nomad dream. It’s like leaving for new beginnings without lookin...Manouche (now Sagapool) is like the nomad dream. It’s like leaving for new beginnings without looking back, opening to the world and to new horizons.
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The ensemble evokes carnival and circus music as well as nu-jazz acoustic and creation music, with e...The ensemble evokes carnival and circus music as well as nu-jazz acoustic and creation music, with electric piano Rhodes and small instruments that soften or slightly deconstructs. It is cheerful, lively, melodic, sometimes relaxing and very charming.
As if Ozzy was on stage
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The place was jam packed and the crowd was on fire, as if Ozzy Osbourne was on stage. It is mostly ...The place was jam packed and the crowd was on fire, as if Ozzy Osbourne was on stage.
It is mostly instrumental pieces, but the energy flows so well that you can’t help clapping your hands or dancing.
No doubt, this is summer music!
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The 11 pieces that seem to be all telling a sometimes nostalgic, sometimes happy story, are mostly i...The 11 pieces that seem to be all telling a sometimes nostalgic, sometimes happy story, are mostly instrumental, staring the violin and the clarinet. No doubt, this is summer music!
Contagious “joie de vivre »
The sparkling and festive music of Sagapool. Contagious “joie de vivre ».
Six incredible musicians
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Six incredible musicians were on the stage of the “Cabaret de la dernière chance” last Thursday nigh...Six incredible musicians were on the stage of the “Cabaret de la dernière chance” last Thursday night, in front of a public they took about two minutes to conquer. Sagapool enchanted the place with its rich melodies and very precise playing.
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