Daniel Gervais & Zephyr

Daniel Gervais & Zephyr

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"Aux rythmes de nos vies" is an exciting collaboration between Daniel Gervais (fiddle) and the French-Canadian dance troupe, Zephyr. The album depicts the well-known story of "La Chasse-galerie". It weaves together the joys and tribulations of love and life. "Acrabris! Acabras! Acabram!"

Biography

ABOUT DANIEL

Daniel has been playing the violin since the age of five. He plays a variety of fiddle styles and classical violin. Some of Daniel’s instruments include a Zeta (electric fiddle), a 5-string fiddle and a nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed-fiddle). Daniel is currently working towards a B.Mus at the University of Alberta as well as performing, recording and teaching. Daniel has had the opportunity to tour with Clinton Pelletier throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. He has also toured with Zéphyr, a French-Canadian dance group, performing at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., Mondial des cultures in Drummondville, PQ, and Folkmoot USA Festival in North Carolina. Daniel has appeared on countless television and radio programs such as “Good Morning Canada” and various CBC broadcasts. In November 2002, he travelled to London, Ontario to receive the Conservatory Canada Speake Medal of Excellence for Grade 8 Strings for having attained the highest mark in Canada for that particular discipline. Daniel was honoured to have competed at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in August of 2003, representing Alberta. In 2004 and 2008, Daniel returned to this competition and was a top eleven finalist each time. In the spring of 2003, Daniel released his debut album Flying Fiddle. Daniel's second album entitled Endless Possibilities was released in April 2005. In 2006, Daniel was selected by the Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta for a provincial tour under the title of “COUP DE FOUDRE”. He was also nominated for “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Daniel has released a debut album with his band, eclecTrip, which features an array of musical styles. He is also collaborating with a well-known French-Canadian storyteller/accordionist named Roger Dallaire. Their duo is known as “Trad’badour”. They explore the roots of French-Canadian culture through stories and music. Their debut, self-titled album was released in the spring of 2008. Trad’badour is also in high demand in France, having already finished successful tours in 2007 and 2008. Daniel is also very excited to be working with Les Bûcherons. They provide “Artist-in-residency” programs to schools all around Canada. Teaching is very important to Daniel seeing as though he comes from a family of teachers. Daniel has taught and presented workshops for many schools and organizations including Calvin Vollrath’s Annual Fiddle Camp, Kenosee Kitchen Party and John Arcand’s Fiddle Fest. Music is a gift that Daniel wishes to share with everyone.

ABOUT ZÉPHYR

A light Western breeze

Zéphyr was created in the fall of 2002 and became the Association's
first Edmonton based performing troupe. Under the direction of Isabelle
Laurin, dancers aged sixteen and older are offered the possibility to
further develop their artistic potential while regularly presenting
themselves on stage.

Mainly basing it's repertoire on French-Canadian dance and advanced
step dance, Zéphyr presents a dynamic and authentic image of the
Franco-Albertan culture. The dancers also receive training in ethnic
dance, modern, hip-hop, as well as classical ballet and theatre.

Discography

"Aux rythmes de nos vies"

Set List

1. Gigue du départ (D. Gervais)
2. Chanson (Trad.)
3. Gigue des bûcherons (C. Vollrath)
4. Gigue de la cuisinière (C. Vollrath)
5.Valse de la solitude (B. Bourque)
6. Le shower (Trad.)
7. Gigue du neuvième mois
8. Le pacte avec le diable (J. Lavoie, D. Gervais)
9. Rencontre (Trad.)
10. Set à Gervais (Trad.)
11. Brandy (Trad.)
12. Square Dance (Trad.)
13. Medley des douze coups (D. Gervais)
14. Chez les Dupuis/Francodôme (D. Gervais)
15. Romanza (D. Gervais)
16. Rêverie/Réflection à Gambiar (D. Gervais
17. Clog à Ti-Jules (Trad.)
18. Lac Annette/Happy Squirrel/Beautiful Waxwings (D. Gervais)