Gerald Laroche
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Gerald Laroche


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Rubato - Stealing Time is a sonic landscape where the paintings are created with sounds which become music which in turn tell a story. The CD booklet presents the stories in French and English and as one reads and listens to the brilliantly conceived music and sound, the stories burst into your senses -- for instance "The Hunter", where you can hear the north winds, screaming eagles, the pulse of time and the very essence of the first hunter on the great plains.

Using an electro-acoustic approach to blend the music and natural sound from his harmonicas, other mouth instruments, bass, guitar, and viola, Laroche has created a unique and distinctly Canadian work, unlike any release of recent years, especially by a harmonica player.



Master of the harmonica
1991 Juno Award Winner
The JUNO Award winning master of the harmonica has been compared to the legends of the harmonica: Larry Adler, Sonny Terry and Sonny Boy Williamson. The sounds he creates with his myriad harmonicas is truly astonishing. His music is highly original as well, reflecting his French Canadian and Manitoba voyageur roots but incorporating the music of the world. His compositions express his past and present, the people he has met and the places he has been.
These images explode from the harmonica when he plays and tells his stories and legends in French and English.
In addition to over 60 various harmonicas, he also uses the penny whistle, Indian mouthbow, fiddle bow, jaw harp and other percussive toys to create his unique fusion of musical styles: French-Canadian, Zydeco, Cajun, boogie, African rhythms, blues and Celtic.
GĂ©rald Laroche is a master of his instrument and will often play up to 25 different harmonicas in a concert, while he carries nearly 60 of them on tour.