Raz-de-Marée

Raz-de-Marée

 Québec, Quebec, CAN
BandFolk

Traditional Quebecois quartet Raz-de-Marée (aka Tidal Wave) is regarded as one of the finest groups of their generation. Deeply rooted in the dance tradition, they give a powerful performance, authentic and heartfelt.Their latest album shows maturity and a rare blend of excellent musicianship.

Biography

RAZ-DE-MARÉE is a unique traditional music ensemble on the Quebecois folk music scene. Composed of accomplished musicians, recognized by their peers as top musicians, the ensemble has evolved since 2004 primarily as a dance band, infusing them with the original essence of traditional instrumental music: to make people dance.

RAZ-DE-MARÉE (aka Tidal Wave in the contradance community across the U.S.A.), whose members come from Quebec (Sabin Jacques on accordion and Eric Favreau on fiddle), Acadie (Rachel Aucoin on piano and vocals) and New England (Stuart Kenney on bass and banjo) invites cultures to meet and share a passion for traditional music and dance.

RAZ-DE-MARÉE reveals a deeply rooted music, relying primarily on a traditional repertoire. They propel dancers and audiences into a world of liveliness through their contagiously energetic and sensitive playing.

Their latest album, MARCHE DU ST-LAURENT, features inspired melodies, both bound to be danced to and listened to with pure enjoyment. Served by flawless execution and backed by a deliciously imaginative accompaniment, the album shows maturity and a rare blend of excellent musicianship.

* Some recent appearances include:
Old Songs folk festival (New-York, USA)
American Folk Festival (Maine, USA)
Mémoires et Racines (Joliette, QC)
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (New-York, USA)
La Grande rencontre (Montréal, QC)
Augusta Heritage Center (West Virginia, USA)
CDSS in Mendocino (California, USA)
Champlain Valley Festival (Vermont, USA)
La fête de Marquette (Wisconsin, USA)
LEAF Festival (North Carolina, USA)
New World Festival (Vermont, USA)
Pinewoods (Massachusetts, USA)
Sky Theatre (Maine, USA)
The Dance Flurry (New-York, USA)
Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp (New-York, USA)

Discography

Tidal Wave - Raz-de-Marée (2007, Great Meadow Music)
Marche du St-Laurent (2010)